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Glenn Branch



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 09 2002,18:37   

David Berlinski published "Has Darwin Met His Match?" in the December 2002 issue of Commentary (vol. 114, no. 5, pp. 31-41). Here Berlinski, a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, chastizes not only "Darwinians" but "design theorists" for accepting theories that are empirically vacuous:
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...Darwinian theorists may be observed standing in silence. They are looking upward, apparently much occupied in assessing cracks in the ceiling. Beyond saying that that is just the way things are, what could they say? ... Design theorists may now be observed standing in companionable silence alongside Darwinian biologists. They, too, seem to be gazing upward, studying the same queer little cracks in the ceiling.

(From p. 33.) A fascinating, if florid, article. I rushed out and bought a copy of his Black Mischief: Language, Life, Logic, Luck (second edition, Boston: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988) for purposes of comparison. If anyone wants to talk about Berlinski, here's a thread.

  
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