[Taxacom] Monkey Community greatly relieved

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Jan 13 15:38:56 CST 2010


what I said was:

> Funny though, you seem just as uncompromisingly convinced in your beliefs as they are in theirs!

this was in response to a posting in which you state categorically how [quote] folks of that mindset [unquote] think and interpret the words of scientists, and then suggested ways of "sweetening the pill" for them, so that they will become more open to scientific ideas

Perhaps my quote above was a bit too strong, and I certainly didn't mean to imply that you are shortsighted or intolerant of anybody. AS I stated, you SEEMED from what you said to be firmly entrenched in the scientific camp, but it isn't completely clear (which is why I said "you seem ...")

So, apologies for giving you the impression that I was implying something negative about you. If I was, and I'm not at all sure that I was, it was pretty minimal ...


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Thomas G. Lammers [lammers at uwosh.edu]
Sent: Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:13 a.m.
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Monkey Community greatly relieved

At 03:05 PM 1/13/2010, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
>No, I still think that religious people are interpreting science in
>religious language and concepts, thereby finding spurious contradiction
>with their beliefs, and scientists are interpreting religious teachings in
>scientific language and concepts, thereby finding it to be in
>contradiction with science.

Well, that may very well be for "people", but it has nothing to do with the
fact that is was *I* who was accused of exemplifying this shortsightedness
DESPITE my attempt to help one side see things through the eyes of the
other.  I do not care to be publicly criticized for transgressions I've not

FWIW, I personally do not believe in The Big Invisible Friend,  but I do
not like to see people behave in a close-minded and intolerant fashion.

Thomas G. Lammers
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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