Wednesday, June 27, 2012
My blog post about E. O. Wilson's book has already triggered an interesting series of comments. I followed the link to Richard Dawkins' extremely negative review, and then read with enjoyment some of the many, many comments attached to it. This is, for me, pure fun. I don't have anything at stake in this fight, so I can just sit back and enjoy it. I have read with great pleasure books by both Dawkins [THE ANCESTOR'S TALE] and Wilson, and I simply have no idea which of them is right. Dawkins thinks Wlson does not understand the mathematics in the 2010 paper Wilson co-authored with two mathematicians, and the commentators to Dawkins' review think he doesn't understand it either. I am tempted to look up the paper and see whether I can understand it! Anyway, I welcome comments, both from amateurs like me and from any pros out there who may be reading my blog.