Now available! Debate between Jerry Coyne and John Haught on "Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?"
After John Haught tried to suppress his debate loss against Jerry Coyne, the video has been released by The Gaines Center and the University of Kentucky (visit here to download presentation slides and Q&A video).
Best of all, there’s a statement from the Provost of the University of Kentucky, an estimable man whom I met at dinner:
“The Bale-Boone Symposium series has a rich tradition of providing an open and frank forum for a broad range of compelling issues, ranging from legal and medical ethics to the place of poetry in our culture. This year’s session regarding the compatibility of religion and science was no exception. It led to not only a robust –and even contentious — debate between two distinguished scholars, but a conversation that continued long afterward among the participants and those who attended. That speaks to the heart of what both The Gaines Center and the University of Kentucky hope to foster – a deep dialogue regarding issues past, present and future that impact us all. With that commitment to open and ongoing dialogue in mind, the attached link contains the video of the session, along with continued communication between the two participants afterward.”
- Kumble Subbaswamy, provost
Now where did that come from? Could it reflect the fact that several of my readers—and I as well—wrote to the Provost, asking him to help release the video?
Good for you, Dr. Subbaswamy! If Drs. Haught and Rabel had only adhered to the principles of open discourse you set forth, this whole mess wouldn’t have happened.
Without further ado:
October 12, 2011
with Jerry Coyne and John Haught
(Posted under Irrationalities, because 'accommodationism' is an irrationality. This could also easily be posted in the 'Science' forum.)