04 August 2006

Dawkins Would Be Pissed ... or Not

I just took a detailed visited the local public library for the first time.

Richard Dawkins would be pissed: Right next to his book River out of Eden is Darwin's Black Box, by Michael Behe.

Behe: Well, well, what do we have here?
Dawkins: A little too close for comfort, eh loser boy?
Behe: Bring it on, chump!
Dawkins: I'm gonna kick you in the nuts!
Behe: Owww! (slumps to the ground)

Or maybe not. Dawkins might be happy that his book is there next to Behe's. I doubt a person perusing the biology section for fun would be persuaded by Behe's arguments, though they might find themselves with a wasted weekend after discovering that the interesting, controversial book they picked up was complete rubbish. Meanwhile, an evangelist sympathizer who normally reads faith-based books would have to go to the biology section and see how greatly outnumbered Behe's book was compared to the real evolution books.

In fact, with the word Eden in the title, it might entice a religious reader to pick up both books, figuring they are complementary (they are next to each other, after all). Who better to counter fundamentalist arguments than Dawkins? Though, content-wise, The Blind Watchmaker or Climbing Mount Improbable would be far better than River out of Eden as Behe's neighbour; either more directly delivers kicks in the nuts to the irreducible complexity argument.

Anyway, I'll be going back there soon. They have the Carl Zimmer book Parasite Rex that I want to read (but alas, no At the Water's Edge). For a book that interesting, I'd prefer to buy it, but I haven't been able to find it around, and I don't like buying things online. They also have plenty of the older Stephen Jay Gould books that I'd like to see.

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At August 10, 2006 5:22 p.m., Blogger s. zeilenga said...

Ha ha... Dawkins kicking anyone in the nuts would be funny. Oooh, mental image. ow.

The only thing funnier would be putting a Hawking book next to a Hovind book. that would an interesting fight. :)


At August 11, 2006 10:48 a.m., Blogger Bronze Dog said...

Hawking probably has some kicking device installed in the wheelchair. He did have that spring-loaded boxing glove he used on Principal Skinner.

At March 04, 2012 1:06 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or perhaps the name "Darwin" would entice some of you who for some reason haven't heard of the book to pick it up. On the thought of who'd kick who in the nuts, my mind is afterward Behe turns the other cheek. Beware the moon.


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