Monday, November 02, 2009

A Confused Philosopher (Part II)

I've written a lot about Michael Ruse over the past few years. Mostly I'm upset by his lack of understanding of modern evolutionary theory [A Confused Philosopher, Down with Darwinism!, Darwinism at the ROM].

I'm also annoyed at the accommodationist position that Ruse takes from time to time and his support for the Courtier's Reply. He's one of those people who think that there are very sophisticated arguments for the existence of God—arguments that most atheists can't refute.

Ruse's latest foray into this philosophical mine field was just published in The Guardian: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute.

It's a pile of crap but Jerry Coyne [Ruse gibbers on. . . .] and PZ Myers [Schisms, rifts, and apologia for insanity] have already proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Ruse moved from the University of Guelph to a university in Florida so he could avoid mandatory retirement. Perhaps he should consider voluntary retirement?


[Image Credit: The photo is from Paul Nelson on the Intelligent Design website. It refers to Ruse's idea that evolution is a form of religion.]

4 comments :

  1. Again, no serious attempt at examination of the content of Ruse's position (or that of any other truly rational atheist).

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  2. Actually, it is my information that Prof. Ruse is at Florida State Un, in
    Tallahassee, not the Un. of Florida in Gainsville.

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  3. Ford Prefect says,

    Again, no serious attempt at examination of the content of Ruse's position (or that of any other truly rational atheist).


    Which of the articles I referenced isn't serious? Is it the one that explains the Courtier's Reply or the articles by Coyne or PZ Myers?

    Or where you referring to the other two articles I wrote?

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  4. Ford Prefect

    If you want (yet another) detailed examination of Ruse's position, pop over to my blog.

    http://scepticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/11/michael-ruse-and-faitheism.html

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