Berlinski’s new book

David Berlinski, the intelligent design proponent, is out with a new book, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions.

Another hatchet job on Richard Dawkins & Co., by the looks of it. And the blurb for it online is not promising. Here are a couple of its bullet points:

  • Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close.
  • Have the sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even close.
  • Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought? Close enough.

From this, and his past ID writings, my guess is that Berlinski does his usual act: sneer at some current scientific ideas from evolutionary biology and physical cosmology, and misrepresent the actual reasons scientists are attracted to these ideas.

Sigh. I figure I’ll read it at some point, like most ID stuff. I’ll keep my eyes open in used book stores.

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