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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:57 am 
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undefineable wrote:
futerko wrote:
Surely there is no doubting Dawkins expertise in zoology, ethology, and evolutionary biology - his writings on philosophy and theology are no doubt superior to Wallace's understanding of animal behaviour.


In 'The God Delusion' he dismisses philosophy (as well as theology) as not being a genuine pursuit _ _ _


I was just trying to avoid making a judgment about whether Buddhist philosophy was more or less worthwhile than observing decision making in chickens. :tongue:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:42 am 
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Yup, it's a perfecty reasonable question. Really why would anyone look to a biologist for spiritual or philsophical guidance? No matter how brilliant he is, its still kind of like getting a plumber to roof your house.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:21 pm 
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catmoon wrote:
Yup, it's a perfecty reasonable question. Really why would anyone look to a biologist for spiritual or philsophical guidance? No matter how brilliant he is, its still kind of like getting a plumber to roof your house.


Well this plumber's gonna convince you that all roofing everywhere is always useless since roofs are illusory, while plumbing (somewhat conveniently) isn't. If Futerko's a roofer, atleast [s]he hasn't prejudged the relative usefulness of plumbing :tongue:

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