Re: [asa] Edward O. Wilson shares Dawkins' basic vie ws

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Sat Sep 30 2006 - 16:49:40 EDT

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Janice Matchett
  To: George Murphy ;
  Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 4:04 PM
  Subject: Re: [asa] Edward O. Wilson shares Dawkins' basic vie ws
      George continues: You are the one who should be embarassed at your foolish claim that a person who is wrong about one thing must be wrong about everything.

  @@ Since I made no such claim, and agree that it would be foolish to believe such a thing, you have revealed yourself to be a careless reader... or worse.
  From: Janice Matchett <>
  Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 10:17:22 EDT

  At 05:13 PM 9/5/2006, George Murphy wrote:

>"..... I think that the appeal he makes is
>reasonable. Wilson notes, the opposition
>to sound environmental policy from some on the
>religious right continues to be a problem - &
>that's especially the case since some people
>with those views are in positions to influence
>or make policy in the current administration. ~ Shalom George

  @ Can an unsound/muddled "thinker" be thought
  able to make "reasonable" appeals --- except by
  one who has also denied the law of non-contradiction? :)

  I.e., a person whose thinking is unsound/muddled on some matters cannot make an appeal which is "reasonable," so such appeals must be wrong. & if all that person's "appeals" are wrong, it is very difficult to see how he or she can present any arguments for any position that are not wrong. Thus my paraphrase "a person who is wrong about one thing must be wrong about everything" is, I think, legitimate.

  & of course I would have "denied the law of non-contradiction" only if I had said that a particular unsound = unreasonable statement was reasonable. But I have done no such thing in connection with Wilson's appeal.

  I hope that this will show anyone who is not already convinced that Janice's arguments often fall far short of cogency and thus that, in particular, they will ignore her views on the environment. I won't respond to the other irrelevancies in this last post of hers & don't intend to continue this exchange.



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