Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jerry Coyne Meets Ken Miller

 
Read about it on Coyne's blog [Darwin Day, Philadelphia. 1. I meet Ken Miller].
At any rate, after dinner I met Ken and we chatted about things. The first thing he said to me was that one of his friends advised him to break a beer bottle over my head, which was more than a little intimidating when imparted to me by a guy well over six feet tall looking down on my puny five-foot-eight self! But we discussed our differences, tried to iron out misunderstandings on both of our parts, and amiably shook hands. We will never agree on the science-versus-faith thing, but on most issues we are on the same side, and I admire him in many ways. I was glad that we met.
I'd love to have been there.


3 comments :

  1. Sorry you weren't Larry. But my biggest beef with Jerry was that he wrote (in his New Republic review) that I shared 3 out of 4 characteristics with creationists. He's wrong about that. I share one out of 4 with them (I believe in God).... and that's it.

    Best Wishes,

    Ken Miller

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  2. Ken Miller says,

    ... he wrote .. that I shared 3 out of 4 characteristics with creationists. He's wrong about that. I share one out of 4 with them (I believe in God)....

    The other two were; "the intervention of God in nature, and a special role for God in the evolution of humans." I thought Coyne was correct.

    Don't you believe in a personal God? I thought you accepted miracles, which to my mind is believing that God intervenes in nature.

    I thought you believed that humans have a soul and they have a special relationship with God? I realize that you don't think that humans were inevitable but I thought you believed that some sort of intelligent, conscious being was destined to evolve once God set things up.

    To my mind that qualifies as the third belief.

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  3. August Berkshire, of Minnesota Atheist fame, has written a review of Ken Miller's talk in the Twin cities. The post is "Losing Miller's God." It is getting a certain amount of attention.

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