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The Sciences

Robert Wright: Coyne Has "Misrepresented My Argument"

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyAugust 17, 2009 5:29 PM


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Here is a partial list of false or misleading things Jerry Coyne says about my book The Evolution of God in his review of it in The New Republic. I want to emphasize that I think these are innocent mistakes. I have no reason to believe he intentionally misrepresented my argument. Indeed, his errors are of a kind that most of us have committed under deadline pressure or under the influence of deep intellectual passions. Nonetheless, his misrepresentations are collectively significant, because together they form the foundation of most of his criticism of my book. Once you correct them, his critique basically collapses. If Coyne wants to write a devastating review of my book—and there can be little doubt that he wants to—he’s going to have to start over.

We encourage you to read Wright's full description of how Coyne has gotten him wrong--and then compare with our own documentation of how Coyne has "strongly misstated our views" in his first (online) review of Unscientific America.

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