(Love ya, Gary!)
It’s not terribly difficult to guess ahead of time which bloggernacle threads Gary (of NDBF fame) will comment in and roughly what his position will be therein. This is due to a number of factors: his overall consistency, the forthright, no-nonsense articulation of his views and (most of all) his staunch adherence to positions which tend to drive intellectuals crazy. Gary is by no means alone in proudly flaunting these traits as a badge of honor but to me he serves as the perfect poster-boy for all Iron-Rodders if only because he is one of the most patient and likeable of the bunch.
First, I’ll give a little history regarding our interactions in the ‘nacle. Those who have known me for a while are well aware that I take science fairly seriously and have always had a particular interest in Darwinian evolution. I’m sure you are also well aware that Gary has always been quite unimpressed by both, to put it mildly. After many frustrating exchanges between us in which I frequently allowed sarcasm and mockery to take the place of patience and charity I finally thought that I had figured out what Gary’s core argument really was. (more…)