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Old 09-01-2009, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: Sean Carroll and Carl Zimmer quit Bloggingheads for promoting creationism

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Originally Posted by thprop View Post
Why are their reasons trivial? They have been volunteering their time with the goal of educating the public about science. Both Sean and Carl do this through various means - their blogs, podcasts, radio (Sean was often on public radio when he was in Chicago), etc. They have given their time to BHtv for the same purpose. Now both of them have decided that BHtv is not a good platform for them. They have stated their reasons and bid adieu. They do not want to be associated with a project that gives a platform for anti-science to put forth its views. What is trivial about that?
Well said, thprop. I'd add, to nikki and FA, that I don't see the stakes as being small or the reasons as being trivial. Will it affect the orbit of the Earth around the Sun? No. But matters of principle are important.

There is a struggle going on right now for the intellectual hearts (if that's not too much of an oxymoron) and minds of this nation and this world, between the attitude that wants to move out of our superstitious ways and the attitude that wants to cling to religious belief as privileged above all else. Each of us draws our line in a different place. You can disagree with the location, but to belittle that the line is drawn at all is either to be unaware of the stakes associated with this struggle or it is to be a squish, where "all points of view are equally valid." Both Sean and Carl feel the latter is an unacceptable attitude, and see the former as significant, and I agree with them.
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