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Old 09-04-2009, 11:13 PM
daveh daveh is offline
 
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Default Re: John Horgan chimes in

What I was trying to point out is that the Science Saturday editions are rarely confined to an exploration of hard science. Rather, metaphysical questions are often debated as well. I remember George Johnson joking that maybe they'll have to start talking about high-temperature superconductors, rather than the much broader areas that he and John Horgan discuss.

While it is understandable that one could object to the presence of the young earth guy or Behe, the responses of Carroll and Zimmer are hopelessly shrill and unrealistic. Where would this end? I'll miss Carl Zimmer because he's a pretty good interviewer, and hope that he reconsiders. Sean Carroll seemed like more of an irksome Victorian-era atheist type (while simultaneously holding out the possibility of multiple universes).

The implicit criticism is that the ID guys are so good at explaining their theories that they trump the truth. Well, I don't see how that can be so, unless you really have no faith in people. And, if so, why don't Zimmer and Carroll take it upon themselves to demolish these people once and for all. Also, I don't really have a good grasp of the arguments that ID people make, so I do have a passing interest, at least as a matter of popular culture, in what they say.

I don't think that Bob Wright has undertaken the obligation to protect the viewers of this site from wrong or even dumb ideas. I don't see how he could without it becoming an echo chamber.
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