Does Dawkins Really Love Science?
Shadow To Light
We are told that Richard Dawkins is a man who deeply loves science. In fact, it is this public perception that Dawkins exploits in order to serve the Gnu atheist movement. But is it really true that Dawkins loves science? Or is this just a public image that he has carefully crafted and nurtured over the years?
Let me provide four reasons to open your eyes and seriously begin doubting Dawkins’ love of science.
1. While Dawkins loves to use the word “science” and make money by writing popular books about science, he really has not done that much science over his life. For example, I have already demonstrated that Francis Collins, an evangelical Christian, has done a whole lot more science than Dawkins. How is it that someone who claims to love science so much has so little interest in actually doing science?
2. While Dawkins’ “love” of science is found almost entirely in his popular books and writings, if you think about it, it’s not really science that he loves there. All of his books seem to be about the same thing over and over again – evolution. And they are not so much about evolution as they are about one particular view of evolution – neo-Darwinism. Now, there is nothing wrong with this. And while neo-Darwinian evolution is certainly part of science, there is a lot of science that is not neo-Darwinian evolution. Dawkins does not seem to have any great interest in science if the topic is other than neo-Darwinian evolution. Maybe that’s because he has said that such a view of evolution makes it possible for him to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist and his true love is really atheism. And that leads naturally to the third point.
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3. Retirement is a time in a person’s life when you finally get to focus all your time and attention on your true passion. This is especially true if the person who retires is both healthy and wealthy. Dawkins is all three – he has retired, he is healthy, and he is very wealthy. If his true love really was science, he would use all this free time and money to pursue scientific quests. For the first time in his life, he could focus on any unanswered question he wanted to. He would not need to write grants or go to meetings, or play any other of the social games needed to pursue his scientific passion…
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