And good luck.
Mike Gene has come up with the 10 signs of intellectual honesty, which is a very nice thing to strive to be. Unfortunately, most of us over rate how intellectually honest we really are. And even if we were completely intellectually honest, we are still fallible human beings with a finite amount of knowledge.
If I understand what Cargo Cult Science is supposed to be, it refers to people mistakenly assuming their cause is identical to the real cause of a resulting event. In this case, the natives assumed that their look-alike airstrip, look-alike headphones and look-alike radio transmitter were the cause of airplanes landing. What the failure of their results should have told them is that they were wrong.
Oleg(t) has dismissed most of us ID proponents as being nothing but a bunch of amateurs. I won't deny his accusation. When it comes to the field of biology, most of us are amateurs. (Of course, when it comes to recognizing other conscious minds and products of intelligent design, I think we are all experts.) But I will deny the relevance of his accusation. You see, the experts of biology, Dawkins, Coyne, Ken Miller, and others, keep writing popular books for us amateurs, in order to convince us of the truth of evolution. Why? Apparently they think we are capable of evaluating the evidence if it is presented to us properly. If they think we are capable of evaluating the evidence, then I see no need to listen to the accusation of another rank amateur telling us that we are not capable of evaluating the evidence.
Evolution News and Views has a video of Stephen Meyer arguing against Front-loading and Theistic Evolution. Hoping he might be offering an argument against Mike Gene's hypothesis, and possibly provide a way out of my dilemma (it keeps me up to all hours of the night: Mike Gene or Mike Behe? Mike Behe or Mike Gene?), I watched it.
Will this help me sort it all out?
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Though my religious friends complained that it was unfair to our beliefs, I thought Bill Maher's movie, "Religulous" was (except for his preachy ending) good-natured ribbing, and I enjoyed it immensely. Likewise, I find Ricky Gervais's pokes at our beliefs to be equally good-natured, and I feel sure that I would very much like him in person.
For those of you who may not have seen or may not remember the movie, Castaway, Tom Hanks' character is marooned on an island for four years, trapped by the high waves that constantly break against the shore.
I previously wrote that I suspected that Michael Behe hadn't posted his second response to Coyne because he realized what a challenge it would be. I've since found out that isn't the reason. It's the holidays, so we should expect his reply some time next week.
Sorry about that, Professor Behe.
I wouldn't know. According to Jerry Coyne, this paper proves that there has been:
I was away on vacation last week, unable to get to a computer. Michael Behe responded with More From Jerry Coyne, which is a reply to comments by Professor James J. Bull made to Jerry Coyne and recorded at An Experimental Evolutionist Replies to Behe.