Thursday, December 31, 2009

David Berlinski on PJTV

Avi Davis, the president of the American Freedom Alliance, has an interview on Pajamas TV with David Berlinski, who is the author of the book The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. It is about fifteen minutes long and is an interesting study in being off-the-mark. Here are the comments that I left on the site about it, which are somewhat choppy due to space limitations:
This is a fascinating interview between two people that have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Is this the sum total of Berlinski's book? On both sides, there has been a striking lack of research. Davis remarks about "Expelled": " the scientific community has attacked anybody that has propounded intelligent design, that careers have been ruined. Richard Sternberg is a case in point..."

Not true.

Sternberg didn't lose his job, he was an unpaid editor. His career wasn't ruined. He resigned from the Smithsonian six months before the flap that got media attention, and then he was rehired in 2006.

Berlinski states: "When you read a headline, “another triumph for Darwinian theory,” you say to yourself, “uh oh, another problem.""

Also not true.

Evolution is a booming field with daily fossil and genetic discoveries that overwhelmingly support the theory. Yet another example of a disturbing conservative/anti-science connection. This will sink the GOP.
It is interesting that most of the people that commented did so negatively. Could this be another case of the GOP base deviating from the leadership in a particular issue? I would like to think so.

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