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Self-organization theorist James Shapiro on Tennessee academic freedom bill

In “What Is the Best Way to Deal With Supernaturalists in Science and Evolution?”(Huffington Post , April 16, 2012), University of Chicago microbiologist James Shapiro, suggests,

Thirty years ago, I was at a conference in Cambridge, England, to celebrate the centennial of Darwin’s death. There, Richard Dawkins began his lecture by saying, “I will not only explain that Darwin had the right answer, but I will show that he had the only possible right answer.”

[For a tenure bore, yes. He can go on spouting Darwin until he is carried out feet first, and to heck with facts.]

Hearing this (and knowing that alternative explanations inevitably arise in science), I said to myself that the Creationists have a point. They are dealing with a form of religious belief on the “evolution” side. Dawkins’ transformation into an aggressive proselytizer for his undoubting and absolutist version of atheism confirms this conclusion.

One of the Creationists’ main tools is the argument that evolutionists are simply militant atheists in drag, who care more about dissing religion than about understanding evolution. Dawkins’ ill-considered crusade just bolsters their position.

[Actually, it shows that the Creationists' view of the situation is correct. And civil liberties may well be at stake.  Unopposed fanatics can use laws promoting Darwinism (or multiculturalism or global warming) to undermine the civil liberties of opponents.]

Rather than accept that evolution science is always a tentative work in progress, conventional evolutionists make absolutist statements like “all the facts are on my side.” Making obviously inflated and unrealistic assertions is hardly likely to convince anyone who has serious questions.

[But in a compliant environment, it is a good way to shut them down - unless they are, say, Mark Steyn.]

What is the alternative? Let me suggest that we can take a more modern, more realistic and more truly scientific approach.  More.

Shapiro, author of Evolution: A View from the 21st Century, has been involved in a long running discussion with the ID theorists.

See, for example,

Darwinist attack on self-org theorist James Shapiro: Payback for talking to ID guys ?

Reviewing James Shapiro’s book, Darwinist admits: Growing number of gene scientists unconvinced by Darwinism

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5 Responses to Self-organization theorist James Shapiro on Tennessee academic freedom bill

  1. One of the Creationists’ main tools is the argument that evolutionists are simply militant atheists in drag,….”

    Now there’s an interesting metaphor.

  2. Shapiro: “4. Experimental research has discovered numerous cell-mediated processes of genome restructuring in all realms of life. These cellular natural genetic engineering capabilities replace accidental events as the real sources of heritable genome change. Since natural genetic engineering is subject to cell regulatory circuits and can be targeted within the genome, random copying errors can no longer be considered a basic feature of evolutionary change.

    The usual ambiguous language that Shapiro likes to use to keep us guessing as to whether he thinks the cell is intelligent.

  3. Here’s a bullseye from Shapiro.

    Rather than accept that evolution science is always a tentative work in progress, conventional evolutionists make absolutist statements like “all the facts are on my side.” Making obviously inflated and unrealistic assertions is hardly likely to convince anyone who has serious questions.

  4. We cant forget #5, Coyne’s bulldogs are seetthing over this statement!!!

    “5. The newly discovered processes of genome change do indeed have the potential to generate “irreducibly complex” new functions. Such complex evolutionary inventions are at the center of the Intelligent Design critique of neo-Darwinian explanations, which are based exclusively on random genetic accidents and natural selection.”

  5. Yes Einstein/newton means there can be correction despite lack of anticipation of coreection.

    Evolution is not discovering or helping the world.
    Yes you need to say it is because otherwise it would suggest there is no help because its not true.

    Yes evolution should be based on the the scientific method in its conclusions.
    When is this going to start!!

    Yes ending censorship in schools is a threat to wrong ideas.
    Thats why evolutionists should put energy and money in all ditches, not just the last, against freedom of inquiry and thought in public institutions.

    Wrong ideas can’y stand on their own.
    Evolution was just to deny the bible/God in the creation of the world and has been accepted because of this motivation.

    One must ask why evolutionary biology/geology etc so uniquely are denied as true in the most intelligent civilization in world history. I mean anglo-American civilization.?

    its possible unobserved , unrepeatable but remarakable ideas of bugs to buffalos evolutionism could of slipped through the cracks of human error.

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