Re: virus: Dawkins is an idiot

David Leeper (
Mon, 27 Aug 1956 22:33:45 +0000

Richard Brodie,

> Many of the issues you raise with Dawkins, I think, come from your
> desire to read a popular science book as if it were a refereed
> scientific paper. Look! Do you want people to understand natural
> selection or not? Dawkins is teaching a simple model. It's not "wrong"
> for him to ignore other models that conflict.

I just want to let you know I wasn't slamming people who write
popular books. I respect these effects, even yours which I
don't personally agree with. However, I have a much greater
respect for those who do original research. I was simply
pointing out how far Dawkins has fallen in my eyes.

I don't think Dawkins' book is just simplified. All of his
books are simplified and I'm not complaining about them. I
think it's wrong. Very wrong. However, as I pointed out
to David McF, I'm tired of this thread and withdraw from it.

David Leeper
Homo Deus  
1 + 1 != 2