Jerry Coyne âÂ president of the Society for the Study of Evolution, self-styled “internationally famous defender of evolution”, and professor â is miffed at my snarky comments a couple days ago. So he did what anyone would do, he made a cartoon making fun of my profile photo.
I’d call it childish, but most kids know better than that.
For the record, the photo is of me skinning a vole. The pile of powder is sawdust, used to absorb the fat so you can keep a grip on the skin. It is not nutmeg. I leave that to the fine people of Connecticut.
Coyne also can’t fathom why I titled a shortering of Sam Harris “Harrisâ¦ treed.” It’s a rhyming pun on “Harris tweed,” a wool fabric and popular in jackets used by academics. I’m not saying it’s “ha ha” funny, but still. Coyne also thinks Sam Harris’s analogy of health to morality is just dandy, and I’m sure he’ll take that up with Sean Carroll, who seems to still think Harris’s bad argument is worthy of civilized discourse.
Coyne also seems to think comments that science and religion “need not be incompatible” or “Acceptance of the evidence for evolution can be compatible with religious faith” or “Many scientists and theologians have written about how one can accept both faith and the validity of biological evolution” are instances of “science organizations â¦ asserting a compatibility of science and religion.” This is odd, since there’s a difference between saying two thinks may be compatible and saying two things are compatible. The distinction gets back to the issue of certainty, a topic Coyne hasn’t deigned to address. I hope he does.
But lest there be any hard feelings: