From the latest Salvo: Eric Hedin & the Contested Boundaries of Science
|September 26, 2013||Posted by News under academic freedom, Astronomy, Atheism|
The first objective listed for “The Boundaries of Science,” an honors elective for science majors, is “to give a scientifically accurate introduction to the origin and development of the physical universe (cosmology).” The course description goes on to say: “The complexity of physical life (on the molecular level) and the mystery of human consciousness will also be briefly examined. These and other topics will provide examples of features of our existence which may lie outside the naturalistic boundaries of science.”
To a handful of atheists, this is intolerable in the extreme.
The furor erupted in late April. Based on an anonymous tip, Jerry Coyne, professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, complained about Hedin to the head of Ball State’s physics and astronomy department. When that failed to produce the desired result, Coyne contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and then spilled his spleen in a lengthy harangue on his blog. …