Thursday, May 7, 2009

Still Waiting

Over at The New Republic, Senior Editor Michelle Cottle continues where Amy Sullivan left off in misreporting on Francis Collins. As with Sullivan's piece (which Cottle heartily recommends), Cottle inverts evolution. In the hands of writers such as Sullivan and Cottle, evolution's compelling religion which drives the science becomes compelling science which helps to inform religion. The myth is that Charles Darwin just happened to discover, independent of any religious and cultural influence, that all life evolved.

The occasion for this latest round of dogma was a presentation by Collins at a conference for religion writers that Cottle attended last night. Like Judge Jones, Cottle was wowed by the parable of the pseudogene. So much for critical thinking. Evolution is parasitic upon scientific illiteracy of which there is a plenitude.