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Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. He wrote “Why Evolution is True”, a book that many ignorant Britons ought to read. Now Jerry has a blog.
In response to letters in today’s East Anglian Daily Times (File Attachment: EADT prayer letters.jpg (185 KB) about the nurse facing disciplinary action for praying for a patient, I’ve sent the following reply:
As an old age pensioner I’ve been around far too long to believe you can change the minds of the god deluded. The sheer implausibility of the supernatural can only be accepted by working it out for yourself, as recalled by the young David Attenborough, now in his eighties, who recently said, “I remember looking at my headmaster delivering a sermon, a classicist, extremely clever … and thinking, he can’t really believe all that, can he? How incredible.”
The atheist bus ads campaign has led to all sorts of reactions, from the thousands of atheists (and a few Christians) who contributed to the fund that paid for them (far in excess of expectations) to the ultra-sensitive driver who wouldn’t drive, and the sneers of those who accused us of agnosticism with that “probably”.
Now there are new ads from the Christian Party, the Trinitarian Bible Society and the Russian Orthodox Church, asserting that “There definitely is a God”, though they offer no proof, as usual.
We’ve hired a display case at the entrance to Ipswich Central Library for the week including Darwin Day (12th February), the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
Offers of help to set it up welcome.
Reference Library 01473 583705
Lending Library 01473 583710
Arts Library 01473 583715
We’ve been invited to an event in Ipswich this weekend. Various local groups with an interest in the environment, including Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Ipswich Society, will be there. No idea why religious faith matters even if you’re an atheist. If you want to find out, let us know how it goes.
We are having an Energy Day this coming Saturday at St Margaret’s Church Hall in Bolton Lane Ipswich and I have attached a poster about the event. Please will you display it in some appropriate place.
The results of the Rescuing Darwin survey, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth by the Theos think tank, make depressing reading. A staggering proportion of the UK population are woefully ignorant about evolution. I’d like to say it surprised me, but it didn’t.