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Forum: Diavlog comments 08-21-2011, 06:43 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 19,838
Posted By kynefski
Re: Awkward and Excruciating Edition (Adam Serwer & Conor Friedersdorf)

I'm appalled that, in their discussion of HPV vaccination as a culture wars issue, neither Serwer nor Friedersdorf acknowledge that the rationale for the vaccine is to decrease the prevelance of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-13-2009, 11:44 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

One last point: I'm confident that most of what John McWhorter understands about evolutionary theory - the random mutation and natural selection - he learned from reading The Edge of Evolution. That...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-12-2009, 07:26 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

That's a fair statement of fact!
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-12-2009, 01:35 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Indeed. I highly recommend to people with the time and inclination that they become students of the Intelligent Design movement. For one thing, if people understand the movement better, they will...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-11-2009, 08:11 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Before addressing your questions, I would like to express my pleasure at being involved in this thread. So much commentary is conflict, and it is really enjoyable to be conversing with others who...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-11-2009, 06:31 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

1) I assume that all of those scientists support CSC's mission to confront naturalism and support theism.

2) Of course I mean that. There are many scientists who are troubled by the potentially...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I would like to declare that, to the best of my knowledge, in his writing and speaking on intelligent design, Michael Behe has never lied. In fact, I assume that he has assiduously avoided saying or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-11-2009, 01:20 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

No, he is not. If Behe were truly in the business of trying to define how it is that a creator fits in with what we already know about science, he would be trying to understand just how a creator...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-11-2009, 07:24 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

bjkeefe, to the extent that you do not mean this facetiously, I disagree. In fact, I "suspect" that Behe's strongest supporters, including McWhorter, are completely unaware of any religious agenda in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 07:27 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

This is my understanding of what he's trying to do.

(1) Theism provides the foundation for cultural morality in the West.
(2) Darwinian evolutionary theory has, since the nineteenth century, had...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 06:50 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

By the way, just so y'all don't think I'm being pollyannish, I have considered the possibility that the ID scholars are just scamming wealthy theological conservatives. If you read the wedge...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I know Mike Behe professionally, and I read Darwin's Black Box when it was first published. I didn't find it persuasive - Behe was, and remains, selective in presenting conventional evolutionary...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Is the question whether Michael Behe is actually a scientist? Of course he is, and I don't think that anyone here has disputed that.

The relevant issue is whether his work on intelligent design is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 03:18 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

He uses the language and mathematics of scientific reasoning in construction of his arguments, yes.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 02:10 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Behe misrepresents his work as scientific; that is, as contributing to an improved explanation of a natural process. If you watch the original diavlog, you'll see where, toward the end, McWhorter...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 11:53 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Not fraud, eh? So...What does Behe propose about the evolutionary process?

It helps to explain the reaction to the original diavlog if we understand that the Center for Science and Culture at the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-09-2009, 10:33 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Fraud is defined by a promise to deliver something that one has no intention to deliver. Intelligent Design promises to deliver an alternative explanation of the evolutionary process, but has no...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-09-2009, 12:33 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

In their diavlog, Michael Behe said this in response to it having being learned that bacterial flagella are not irreducibly complex: tís like taking away an axle or something from an outboard motor...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-09-2009, 12:24 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

If I'm listening to John correctly, he seems to suggest that, in the realm of the natural sciences, there can be no such thing as intellectual fraud.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2009, 03:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,847
Posted By kynefski
Re: Science Saturday: The Good, the Bad, and the Woo (Peter Lipson & Isis the Scientist)

I, for one, would like to think it was wine that sprung the cringingly too predictable evangelical atheists.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2009, 12:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,847
Posted By kynefski
Re: Science Saturday: The Good, the Bad, and the Woo (Peter Lipson & Isis the Scientist)

I thought an opportunity was lost when, after Isis discussed how scientists communicate with one another, Peter replied by discussing how physicians communicate with patients. Personally, I'd be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-03-2009, 10:37 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 36,441
Posted By kynefski
Re: No Pain, No Gain (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

I look forward to Robert Wright's diavlog with George Johnson, but the person I really want to hear from is John McWhorter. McWhorter is one of the stars of this forum, and I never miss anything he...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 09-01-2009, 09:26 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,012
Posted By kynefski
Re: Sean Carroll and Carl Zimmer quit Bloggingheads for promoting creationism

The cheap seats are occupied by those who think we study biological evolution in order to decide whether or not it is undirected. Behe clearly plays to them, assuming that it is adequate to present...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-01-2009, 12:30 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 97,463
Posted By kynefski
Re: Irreducibly Complex Edition (John McWhorter & Michael Behe)

At 36:50: "Let's spend our time trying to figure out how it did happen."

Yeah, Professor Behe, let's. But if you could possibly spare a second of that time, I'd be interested to know why neither...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2009, 10:52 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 45,940
Posted By kynefski
Re: A Teachable Moment for America (Robert Wright & Joel Achenbach)

I'm grateful to Joel, among many others, for calling Bob to account for his afterword. If we are in a position where the promise for greater cooperation and freedom appears possible, this is due to...
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