Jerry Coyne

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Jerry Coyne

In religion, faith is a virtue. In science, faith is a vice.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Harmonizing religion and science makes you seem like an open-minded and reasonable person, while asserting their incompatibility makes enemies and brands you as “militant.” The reason is clear: religion occupies a privileged place in our society. Attacking it is off-limits, although going after other supernatural or paranormal beliefs like ESP, homeopathy, or political worldviews is not. Accommodationism is not meant to defend science, which can stand on its own, but to show that in some way religion can still makeMore Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Religion is based on dogma and belief, whereas science is based on doubt and questioning.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The biogeographic evidence for evolution is now so powerful that I have never seen a creationist book, article, or lecture that has tried to refute it. Creationists simply pretend that the evidence doesn't exist.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Some believers are fundamentalists about everything, but every believer is a fundamentalist about something.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Theology is the post hoc rationalization of what you want to believe.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The fact that both Jews and Christians ignore some of God's or Jesus's commands, but scrupulously obey others, is absolute proof that people pick and choose their morality not on the basis of its divine source, but because it comports with some innate morality that they derived from other sources.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It takes a profound hypocrisy to try to reconcile for others things that you can't reconcile for yourself.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Come on, readers, give me one example of a question that religion has answered to everyone's satisfaction one example of a "truth" found in religion's quest for truth.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Damn, but science is just a constant feed of cool new facts and theories. Theology doesn't come close.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Why, exactly, are scientists supposed to accord "respect" to a bunch of ancient fables that are not only ludicrous on their face, but motivate so much opposition to science?More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Faith is a padlock of the mind, and few keys can open it.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the end theologians are jealous of science, for they are aware that it has greater authority than do their own ways of finding "truth": dogma, authority, and revelation. Science does find truth, faith does not.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Can a geology teacher blithely tell his students that the earth is flat, or a European history professor that the Holocaust didn't happen? That's not academic freedom, but dereliction of duty.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science has only two things to contribute to religion: an analysis of the evolutionary, cultural, and psychological basis for believing things that aren't true, and a scientific disproof of some of faith's claims (e.g., Adam and Eve, the Great Flood). Religion has nothing to contribute to science, and science is best off staying as far away from faith as possible. The "constructive dialogue" between science and faith is, in reality, a destructive monlogue, with science making all the good points, tearing down religion More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The battle for evolution seems never-ending. And the battle is part of a wider war, a war between rationality and superstition.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We humans have many vestigial features proving that we evolved. The most famous is the appendix.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We now have many of the answers that once eluded Darwin, thanks to two developments that he could not have imagined: continental drift and molecular taxonomy.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you can't think of an observation that could disprove a theory, that theory simply isn't scientific.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If the history of science teaches us anything, it is that what conquers our ignorance is research, not giving up and attributing our ignorance to the miraculous work of a creator.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Because of the hegemony of fundamentalist religion in the United States, this country has been among the most resistant to the fact of human evolution.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Now, science cannot completely exclude the possibility of supernatural explanation. It is possible though very unlikely that our whole world is controlled by elves. But supernatural explanations like these are simply never needed; we manage to understand the natural world just fine using reason and materialism.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A well-understood and testable hypothesis like sexual selection surely trumps an untestable appeal to the inscrutable caprices of a creator.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is no horror, no amount of evil in the world, that a true believer can't rationalize as consistent with a loving God. It's the ultimate way of fooling yourself.More Jerry Coyne [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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