Saturday, October 02, 2010
The Science of Moving Hot Air
Well, the Ministry of Misinformation over at the Undiscovery Institute has imported new talent and, I must say, given DI's commitment to actually performing science, they have chosen well:
Guy Coe ... graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in Rhetoric and a minor in political science ... his career has taken him from Executive Salesman, to News Reporter, to U.S. Senate Communications Aide, to Tour Guide, to Retail Management ...
His skills at saying little while seeming to say much and covering all in a fog of gobbledygook ... a critical talent for convincing others that religious assertions are "scientific" ... are impressive. I, for one, stand in awe of his somehow managing to make it seem like scientists are using the multiverse to explain abiogenesis!
Despite admitting that methodological naturalism ... that is, science ... with its insistence on explanation through natural processes, has been a wonderful heuristic for understanding the natural world, Mr. Coe proposes abandoning that heuristic. Somehow, however, he never quite gets around to giving any grounds for doing so, much less any sort of criteria for when we should do so. In short, he wants to claim the right to drop the very strategy that has made science so successful whenever he chooses to, while still getting to call his beliefs "science."
I'd suggest he go back for a refresher course in rhetoric but supporting some things is just beyond any amount of slick talk.
As to the possibility of his name being a truly horrible nom de plume, I confess that never occurred to me ... which, given what I knew of him so far, was a failure on my part.
But if it is a nom de plume, he has gone to the trouble of creating it a Facebook page, complete with wife, approximately two children and a dog.
No doubt there is bitter disappointment within the Society of Jesus at Mr. Coe's admission on his Facebook page that he is a '77 alumnus of Jesuit High School.
Yeah--the training in rhetoric is hilarious.
BTW--do you have an email for off-blog correspondence?
No apologies necessary. It sounds as if he has at least one trait in common with the homophonic lizard. He's going to be just as annoying.
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