One of the Joys at TAM Was Meeting and Talking with Jerry Coyne and Peter Boghossian, Two of My Intellectual Heroes
Okay, Okay, this is an unflattering photo of myself. [Never let it be said I always put my best foot forward]. Jerry, Peter and myself were talking about the relationship of science to philosophy, as well as the whether science can inform us about morality. They treated me as an equal and that was really refreshing. I especially made a really great connection with Peter. We hung out together. I don’t think I know another philosopher whose views are the same as mine (as far as I can tell). He’s down to earth, funny, a great communicator, and thinks like me that we need to reach out to the non-specialist with good strong arguments communicated simply, yet not simplistically. My problem is that since I lack a PhD some people (mostly non-scholars themselves) think I’m being simplistic (or vacuous). I’m not. I just think we need to take the scholarly arguments to the masses. This is something Dr. Robert Price noticed when reviewing my book, “God or Godless.” He said I wrote “with unpretentious clarity, common sense, and broad but inconspicuous erudition.” The last four words of his are key. He noticed I have a broad and deep understanding of the issues that are not easily recognizable. It takes a scholar to recognize this.