Karl Popper bangs his fist on the table
|August 14, 2010||Posted by O'Leary under Darwinism, Intelligent Design|
A friend writes, regarding this information regarding some information about science philosopher Karl Popper on a Scientific American blog: “It’s the first time I’ve read that Popper later regretted allowing himself to be browbeaten on the subject of the irrefutability of Darwinism.”
In “A Dubitable Darwin? Why Some Smart, Nonreligious People Doubt the Theory of Evolution”, John Horgan writes (Jul 6, 2010)
The philosopher Daniel Dennett once called the theory of evolution by natural selection “the single best idea anyone has ever had.” I’m inclined to agree. But Darwinism sticks in the craw of some really smart people I don’t mean intelligent-designers (aka IDiots) and other religious ignorami but knowledgeable scientists and scholars.
He goes on to trash knowledgeble scientists and scholars, then notes
Early in his career, the philosopher Karl Popper (yes, cited by F and P-P)called evolution via natural selection “almost a tautology” and “not a testable scientific theory but a metaphysical research program.” Attacked for these criticisms, Popper took them back. But when I interviewed him in 1992, he blurted out that he still found Darwin’s theory dissatisfying”One ought to look for alternatives!” Popper exclaimed, banging his kitchen table.
Postscript: I’d like to thank my buddy Robert Hutchinson -author, editor, polymath, punster, triathlete -for suggesting that I call this blog “Cross-check”A cross-check is an illegal hit in hockey. I don’t cross-check on the ice, but on this blog anything goes.
Well, my own best guess is that Popper couldn’t deal with the mob of (largely) tax mooch Darwinist thugs who cross-check, and neither can Horgan. So Horgan joined the mob. All this is interesting coming from John Horgan who, himself, took a serious hit for his book, the End of Science. (Scroll down past the first story to the next one.)
This is a word of advice for any who question the Darwin industry: You are up against a racket, which means you are up against thugs. Just about everyone knows that the evidence for large scale transformations of one species to another via Darwinism is very poor. But evidence does not matter. Enforcement does. Selling out is common. People regret selling out, but they do.
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