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Is Richard Dawkins Really a Scientist?
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Many atheists claim that atheism is the default position; atheism makes no claims, it just disbelieves in God or gods. This statement is an obvious lie unto itself, as it contains several claims: 1) atheism makes no claims; 2) there is no God; 3) there are no gods; 4) the universe is not created; 5) atheism is the default position.

Rather than providing evidence for his positions as required by the rules of science and evidence, Richard Dawkins instead attempts to ridicule and marginalize Francis Collins and other scientists who believe in God, comparing their scientific positions to believing in the spaghetti monster, while stating anyone who believes in God is "delusional".

This is a gross contradiction of logic, science and reason and the very worst example of trying to compare apples with oranges imaginable. The obvious reason being, if we eliminate the spaghetti monster, we aren't left having to explain our existence along with the rest of the universe.

The true default position of science is that there is a physical reality called "universe". The default question of science then becomes, how and why is there a physical reality called "universe". Even Richard Dawkins agrees with this, stating that the "God question" is "central to all of science" and cannot be ignored.

But Dawkins then contradicts himself, claiming the "onus" belongs on those who say there is a God. The "onus" remains on every human being to explain how and why there is a physical reality called universe. Atheists and agnostics don't get a pass on the "God question" any more than the rest of us.



And, the history of science clearly demonstrates that the onus belongs on anyone contradicting previously held beliefs of the majority of scientists. To say atheists aren't required to provide supporting evidence for their baseless superstitions, is to say Copernicus could have just stood up in a roomful of his peers, claimed the earth goes around the sun and then sat down, without bothering to provide any supporting evidence.

This is exactly the position many modern atheists take, a clear violation of the rules of science and evidence and known history of science. Another well-known Richard Dawkins position is that the universe represents nothing but blind, pitiless indifference, exactly as one would expect if there is no God.

This statement openly contradicts the known evidence of Isaiah, Jesus, Gandhi, Schweitzer, Tubman, Keller, Parks, King, Chavez and literally billions of people who have demonstrated the opposite of "blind, pitiless, indifference". Obviously if people, who are part of the universe, have concepts of both good and evil, the universe clearly does not represent nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

What is called "science" rarely represents 100% proven fact. Rather, science when applied accurately, is the best conclusion based on the current evidence. And, science requires evidence to overturn previously held scientific positions.

Is Richard Dawkins really a scientist? Would the Greeks allow someone making such claims into the Academy or ban him for life? You Decide.


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To say atheists aren't required to provide support... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:49:14 AM
There is not one thing that true science takes on ... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:52:39 AM
This is not true. What human beings call "science... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:02:13 AM
That explanation is only satisfactory if you do at... by Randy Wanat on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:15:21 PM
No, this is not correct. Rather, you haven't prov... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:05:39 PM
No, scientists do not "believe" (or not) in the id... by Jim-el Moore on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:51:51 PM
Some scientists adamantly insist there is dark ene... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:06:11 AM
Science is that which follows the scientific metho... by Randy Wanat on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:59:07 PM
Right. Science is an ongoing method of explaining ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:33:49 AM
You're misusing the term "science." The early bel... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 1:41:04 PM
my.ezinearticles.com/write-edit/edit/8691846/ ... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:10:10 PM
What today is called "science" traces to when crea... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:20:00 AM
The "God question" is central because it is anti-s... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:25:26 AM
True science considers everything a theory. When ... by June Genis on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:38:16 PM
And I might add, Human science always has been an... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:11:45 AM
Scott Baker, there are things that science has to ... by Ian Wardell on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:59:23 AM
These are not things taken on faith, but on eviden... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 1:45:06 PM
I think I know I have 99.9% faith in your evidence... by Clifford Johnson on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 4:05:50 PM
Scott you can't use induction to justify induction... by Ian Wardell on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:31:42 AM
From Wiki:Inductive reasoning (as opposed to deduc... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:08:44 AM
Your response contradicts your position. For exam... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:33:47 AM
Nothing in what you said proves, or even leads to ... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:31:10 AM
Like all atheists, you have yet to provide a bette... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:51:28 PM
Baloney.Do I really have to delve into quantum mec... by Scott Baker on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:19:21 AM
Anything science assumes is subject to revision as... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:13:39 PM
If atheism ought to be the default position, then ... by Ian Wardell on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:49:49 AM
Should belief that leprechauns exist be withheld u... by Randy Wanat on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:52:22 AM
Are you talking about leprechauns as in physical o... by Ian Wardell on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:01:51 AM
Do you recognize the difference between "I don't b... by Randy Wanat on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:20:48 PM
God by definition is Creator of the universe. One... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:15:30 PM
Problem is, defining something into existence does... by Randy Wanat on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:14:18 PM
No, the problem remains is that neither you, Richa... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:54:30 PM
I am still eagerly awaiting replies to my earlier ... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:33:30 PM
It's certainly not a niggling point! Rocks don't ... by Ian Wardell on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:39:49 AM
We Humans need to have less Hubris. Perhaps this ... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:22:19 AM
Thank you for telling me what I believe. I wasn't ... by Randy Wanat on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:09:42 PM
Any moron knows that there is a physical reality c... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:22:31 PM
You conflated "do not believe in gods" and "there ... by Randy Wanat on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:49:59 AM
Randy, atheists believe that God doesn't exist. Y... by Ian Wardell on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:04:01 AM
All atheists say they don't believe gods exist. A ... by Randy Wanat on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:24:56 PM
God by commonly agreed to modern definition accord... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:18:11 PM
The universe came into existence. What is the evid... by Randy Wanat on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17:50 PM
Where is your evidence that energy, light, motion ... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:03:22 PM
No its saying that Energy is equal to Mass times t... by June Genis on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:58:57 PM
So, rather than going by the known scientific evid... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:08:58 PM
We know the cause of THIS universe. All evidence ... by June Genis on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:23:58 PM
Good point.atheism: I believe God or gods don't ex... by Derryl Hermanutz on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:18:41 PM
It is agreed to by virtually all if not all scient... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:20:51 PM
Richard, I have asked you before but for some reas... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 7:16:53 PM
I answered this in the article and in responses ab... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:39:46 AM
I was hoping for a more nuanced definition or expl... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:54:39 AM
There is nothing "nuanced" about the default quest... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:10:34 PM
Either God is created or, energy, light, motion an... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:48:52 PM
Thanks, Daniel, for offering a redeeming quote fro... by Jim-el Moore on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:32:38 PM
Jim-el, I actually see Dawkin's quote (from the en... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 11:06:41 AM
A person of science has no opinions, no beliefs. ... by Jim-el Moore on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 8:37:52 PM
"A person of science has no opinions, no beliefs".... by Ian Wardell on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:44:05 AM
Bullshit. Words and phrases like "belief", "belie... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:46:19 AM
The best of "good" science takes rigorous account ... by Jim-el Moore on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:44:05 PM
So, you're saying it's rational to accept claims a... by Randy Wanat on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:22:56 PM
Claims like energy and motion magically arising al... by Richard Aberdeen on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:12:19 PM
There exists in the universe a powerful force capa... by Scott Baker on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:48:06 AM
No, Randy, I would not call the acceptance of such... by Jim-el Moore on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:03:27 PM
I would tend to agree with Aberdeen's statement, "... by Jon Shafer on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:30:39 PM
Thanks, Jon --Even you, whose perspective I admire... by Jim-el Moore on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:08:47 PM
Thanks back to you, Jim....My "assumption" contain... by Jon Shafer on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:23:58 PM
I readily acknowledge the "human trait of innate w... by Jim-el Moore on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 12:45:00 AM
The reason for the capacity for joy and wonder is ... by Scott Baker on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 9:13:21 AM
Agreed, Scott -- the rational analyst can assign "... by Jim-el Moore on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 4:39:54 PM
Johann Gottlieb Fichte German Philosopher was pe... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 7:47:00 PM
Yes, there has been some progress, but maybe not s... by Scott Baker on Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 2:55:51 AM
There is self-evident truth, which I call Divine..... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 7:58:07 PM
It seems there is nothing "self-evident" about the... by Jon Shafer on Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 5:07:08 AM
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d6 You are misrepresenting what "theory" means in... by Randy Wanat on Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 11:34:18 AM
I just discovered this article and comment thread ... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:26:15 PM
Actually, Dawkins agrees with me and with many his... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:33:42 PM
For Michael (since I know Richard is not listening... by Scott Baker on Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 6:19:20 PM
ALL of the known evidence demonstrates that neithe... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 8:24:52 PM
As I tried to say, I don't think anything can be g... by Michael David Morrissey on Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 2:35:53 AM
And one more comment, re Scott's comment above abo... by Michael David Morrissey on Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 3:01:36 AM
Why a belief in God?Because human beings are not n... by Scott Baker on Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 4:19:56 AM
You seem to be interpreting God, or the human need... by Michael David Morrissey on Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 7:23:14 AM
You're probably not going to like my answer. I am... by Scott Baker on Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 9:29:52 AM
Seems like it is one thing to say "I do not believ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:24:32 AM
Who created God? God was created by man, not vice... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 5:31:46 AM

 
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