Sunday, August 23, 2009


Ganders Need Not Apply

Jason Rosenhouse offers a defense of sorts of A.C. Grayling's ignorant portrayal of Jesuits. Jason doesn't put much effort in it -- seemingly limited to an exhaustive search of one Wikipedia article -- and it shows.

Worse, Jason begins hauling Grayling's goalposts around, as ThonyC demonstrates.

The mindset that Grayling was extolling (supposedly the opposite of the Jesuits) is purported to "inquire, examine, experiment, research, propose ideas and subject them to scrutiny, [and] change their minds when shown to be wrong." But Jason does only the most superficial possible inquiry, research or scrutiny and shows no inclination to even entertain the possibility that he and Grayling are wrong.

Apparently, Grayling's standard is more honour'd in the breach than the observance.

I'm pretty sure Jason will defend anything a professed atheist says regardless of how stupid it may be. That's why I stopped reading anything he had to say about a year and a half ago.
I still try to like Jason -- his reports on the creationist conventions he occasionally attends are actally balanced (as much as you can be) and he highlights the humanity of the people he meets there. But I generally have given up on commenting there because the things that I'm interested in about the philosophy of science or the sociology of the atheism/religion conflict get short shrift and generate a dogmatic response rather than intellectual discussion -- pretty much the same reason I don't usually comment at creationist sites.
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