Arnold on Wright/Dennett
Blogger Geoff Arnold has some insightful comments on the whole Wright/Dennett affair. Start here and follow the links contained therein. I especially liked Arnold's concise summary:
The obvious solution would be for Wright to simply state:
“When I wrote the Beliefnet piece, I believed that Dennett's statements during our interview constituted an acceptance of a 'higher purpose' viewpoint. However it is clear from what Dennett has said, in that interview and subsequently, that he does not hold this viewpoint. I therefore recognize that my inference must have arisen from a mutual misunderstanding.”
Would that be so hard?
In this post Arnold mentions that Robert Wright's website has a wide selection of interesting interviews with various prominent scientists and theologians. I am happy to concur with this assessment. I'm disappointed with the way Wright handled his interview with Dennett, but with this one exception (well, OK, two exceptions. That article about Stephen Jay Gould was pretty weak) his writing is always interesting and thoughtful. His website has a lot of food for thought.