Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Knack for Bashing Orthodoxy

Ah, NYTimes, you've done it again.  An excellent article on Richard Dawkins, bane of my favorite science writer, Stephen J. Gould who died of cancer in 2002. 

You may wish to take a look at this included herein.

A couple of quotes to whet your appetite:

"From that experience he drew a dislike of the current establishment insistence — bordering on mania — for standardized tests and curriculums. (He views this as antithetical to true learning.)"

"Our glory as a species is that we can overcome our genetic impulses, he says, acknowledging that the book’s title “perhaps lent itself to misunderstanding.” The Selfish Gene

“Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers,” he says. “It’s a sort of crime against childhood.”

"But it would not be a school for atheists. The idea horrifies him. A child should skip down an idiosyncratic intellectual path. “I am almost pathologically afraid of indoctrinating children,” he says. “It would be a ‘Think for Yourself Academy.’ ”