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A pity about Jerry Fodor

After Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini took a severe drubbing for their book, What Darwin Got Wrong—a drubbing, I might add, from both philosophers and biologists—you might expect that they’d rethink their ideas.  But this presumes that you don’t know Fodor, who’s renowned for both his arrogance and his inability to admit error.  Over at […]

Samir Okasha trashes Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini

by Matthew Cobb This morning’s edition of the Times Literary Supplement plopped through my letter-box this morning, containing a review of Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini’s What Darwin Got Wrong by Samir Okasha, Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol. The review isn’t available on-line for the moment, and is extremely long – […]

Suzan Mazur hearts Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini

You may recall Suzan Mazur’s breathless reporting on “The Altenberg 16” (which she has apparently turned into an online book, Altenberg 16: An Exposé of the Evolution Industry. Her thesis has been not only that modern evolutionary biology is rotten to the core, but that we evolutionists all know it and are desperately trying to […]

Fodor and Sober talk natural selection

I haven’t yet watched this, but Bloggingheads.tv has a discussion of natural selection (and the incoherence thereof) with Jerry Fodor (co-author of What Darwin Got Wrong) and philosopher of science Elliott Sober.  You can find the link here (note, video starts most of the way in; scroll back to beginning). p.s.  If the health care […]

Pigliucci pwns Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini

In this week’s Nature, philosopher/biologist Massimo Pigliucci reviews What Darwin Got Wrong, the book-length attack on natural selection penned by Jerry Fodor and (the unrelated) Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini: By misusing philosophical distinctions and misinterpreting the literature on natural selection, Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini make a mess of what could have been an important contribution. The authors are […]

Spiders to Fodor: get lost!

So you’re a widely-read website and decide to get someone to interview Jerry Fodor about his latest book (with Massimo Piattelli-Palmerini), What Darwin Got Wrong. Do you get somebody with some training in evolutionary biology? Or philosophy? Or, better yet, both? Naah, you get someone like this: . . . an associate editor at Salon. […]

Discovery Institute: We heart Fodor and Piattelli-Palmerini

As I predicted*, creationists are all over Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmerini’s new book, What Darwin Got Wrong, like a cheap suit.  If you want to see the Discovery Institute’s prize loons—David Berlinski, Jonathan Wells, Stephen Meyers, and Michael Behe—falling over each other to praise F&P-P’s misguided attack on evolution, go here. Let’s hope that […]

Ruse and Midgley on Fodor and Piattelli-Palmerini on natural selection

What Darwin Got Wrong, the new book by Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (not to be confused with Massimo Pigliucci), came out two days ago.   Its thesis is that while evolution may be true, natural selection plays at best a minor role in evolutionary transformation.  Selection, say F&P-P, can be rejected on two grounds:  it […]

Apropos Drs. Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini

h/t: Occam and, of course, xkcd To quote Davy Crockett:  “Be always sure you’re right—then go ahead.”

The Conversation kisses the rump of religion again

I thought that The Conversation was largely a news and scholarly opinion website, but every once in a while they slip in some religious nonsense that baffles and saddens me. (For one example, see this risible argument for religiously based brain/mind dualism, and this ridiculous slice of tripe explaining why morality requires God). And now we have […]