Thursday, February 07, 2013

Hmm …

 Thomas Nagel Is Praised by Creationists - NYTimes.com. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)


… since the late October release of his latest book, “Mind and Cosmos,” reviewers have given Mr. Nagel ample cause to ponder another question: What is it like to be an eminent (and avowedly atheist) philosopher accused of giving aid and comfort to creationist enemies of science? … Advocates of intelligent design have certainly been enthusiastic….
Someone should explain to Ms. Schuessler that Intelligent Design theory and "creationism" are not the same thing. Michael Behe, I believe, advocates ID theory, but he actually is a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. So he can hardly be described as an enemy of science. Following Ms. Schuessler's implied line of thought, anyone who believed in God would be an enemy of science, since people who believe in God think of God as the creator of the universe. Fortunately, John Polkinghorne's faith did not prevemt him from playing a major role in the discovery of quarks. Nor did Georges Lemaitre's keep him from discovering the Big Bang. And by the way, though I am myself a person of faith, I do not subscibe to ID theory. It works both ways, you see. 


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