Richard Dawkins and pseudoscience
Within the evolutionary science community and the creation science community, the evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins has faced charges of engaging in pseudoscience and has also faced charges of committing elementary errors.
The website True Free Thinker notes:
|“|| Moreover, note that with regards to “assertions without adequate evidence” evolutionary biologist and geneticist, Prof. Richard Lewontin, referenced Carl Sagan’s list of the “best contemporary science-popularizers” which includes Richard Dawkins. These authors have, as Lewontin puts it, “put unsubstantiated assertions or counterfactual claims at the very center of the stories they have retailed in the market.” Lewontin specifically mentions “Dawkins’s vulgarizations of Darwinism” (find details here and here).
Even renowned evolutionary biologists H. Allen Orr, David Sloan Wilson, and Massimo Pigliucci have called into question the power that Dawkins once had as an intellectual, since he has made elementary errors in The God Delusion.
In 2010, a new discovery regarding the eye further discredited the evolutionary quackery of Richard Dawkins. In addition, in 2010, the journal Nature featured an interview with the evolutionist, biologist, and atheist David Sloan Wilson who criticized Richard Dawkins for denying the evidence for the societal benefits of religion (see also: Atheism and Mental and Physical Health).
Concerning the social science of history, Richard Dawkins has engaged in historical revisionism when it comes to the mass murders committed by atheists.
Many of Richard Dawkins detractors are conservative Christians which is not surprising. The Wall Street Journal reported: "A comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians." In the United States, CBS News reported in October of 2005 that the Americans most likely to believe only in the theory of evolution are liberals.
New Atheism, medical science, and Richard Dawkins
New Atheism is a form of militant atheism which first made its appearance between the years of 2004-2008. A 2008 USA Today article indicated it has not been successful in terms of gaining new adherents. The main authors of the New Atheism movement include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens. The New Atheism movement claims to be pro-science, yet three out of five of these men have have had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE PZ Myers is also a leader within the New Atheism movement and PZ Myers has had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE. According to medical science, there are a significant number of physical and mental health related problems associated with being overweight. In the late 1990s, Dennet had coronary artery bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass surgery reroutes blood around clogged arteries to enhance blood flow and oxygen to the heart). In 2010, PZ Myers had health problems related to his heart.
Hippocrates was an early advocate of the health benefits of exercise and nutrition. On the other hand, PZ Myers and a significant amount of other New Atheism leaders, seem to lack a full appreciation of the importance of nutritional science, exercise science and the latest findings of medical science. (see also: New Atheism leadership and problems with being overweight and Atheism and obesity). As of February of 2012, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have not publicly commented on the significant problems the New Atheism leadership has experienced in terms of overweight members.
- Resources for leaving atheism and becoming a Christian
- Richard Dawkins and Creation Ministries International
- Irreligion and superstition
- Richard Dawkins, obesity has enveloped your marketing campaign - satire
- Richard Dawkins, atheist atrocities, and historical revisionism
- Richard Dawkins' commentary on Adolf Hitler
- Atheism and deception
- Causes of Atheism
- Conservapedia essay: Does Richard Dawkins have machismo? - satire
- Richard Dawkins and the origin of the human eye
- American Faith: A Work In Progress by Stephen Prothero, USA Today, March 10, 2008, page 11A