Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Setting the record straight

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published: mercredi 6 décembre 2006 0:29:19

Okay, I can accept Salon calling Richard Dawkins an evolutionary biologist, since he did publish some books on theoretical evolutionary biology in the seventies and eighties. But now that an article in Science is referring to him as a "geneticist", I must put my foot down.

Dawkins' education is in zoology, with an emphasis on ethology (a.k.a behavioral biology). His publication record is stuffed with essays about philosophy, sociobiology, and religion, but absolutely nothing pertaining to genetics.

Then again, "sociobiologist-turned-atheist-preacher" probably doesn't look as good on a business card.

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