Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dawkins Video

In the short video promotion of his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Dawkins rather remarkably admits that while all his previous books have been about evolution, none of them gave evidence for it. The previous books assumed it. Well, well, then all that railing against opponents of Darwinism as insane, ignorant, or evil was made without giving any arguments for evolution.

This is false. His books have tried to refuted design explanations and have advocated Darwinism. Yes, Dawkins assumes naturalism, so Darwinism must follow. He also tells many "just so" stories which pose as explanations. But has attempted to defend Darwinism in these books.

But given the sustained critique of Darwinism by ID, Dawkins and others, such as Coyne, believe they need to give the definitive refutation (yet again). While I have not yet read the book, I predict that when Dawkins engages serious critics of Darwinism (if he does at all), he will misrepresent them them and fail to take their arguments seriously--just as he did in The God Delusion.


Steve Moore said...

I have been spending a bit of time reading, listen to, and responding to Richard Dawkins and his disciples on his website. I find the straw man (ID = creationism throughout) and ad hominem fallacies to be greatly favored.

In fact, if all the fallacies and vitriole were removed, one wonders what would remain. Which is all rather ironic for one who view's himself quite the thinker, let alone the website to be an oasis for free thinking.

involuted said...

Dawkins' pride is staggering. He is blind, I think, to the utter foolishness he tries to pass off as substantial "arguments" against the intellectual integrity and validity of theism and Christianity.

Dawkins = Epic Fail.

Unfortunately, "the god of this world has blinded" the eyes of his followers...