Comfort – Discomfort

February 21, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

Iconic anti-evolutionist Ray Comfort has come forward again.  He’s written a book entitled, “You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think: Answers to Questions from Angry Skeptics“. Plenty of scathing reviews are available. F’rinstance:

His style of writing can barely be called argumentative. He posits no compelling evidence for his beliefs, makes blind assertions, and clearly does not understand natural forces such as evolution by natural selection and by writing a book which mischaracterizes science, is undermining observation, experimentation, rational thought and critical thinking.

or a 5-star review, presuming Poe:

Ray is the master of satire. While reading this fine book I could just picture him sitting around, getting wasted, and dreaming up all of these hilarious proofs. He is a genius!

The reviews discuss how every point made in the book had already been debunked thoroughly on or around Comfort’s online publications (blogs, videos, etc). Why, they ask, does he keep shutting down blogs and popping up new ones? Who is this book going to reach that hasn’t already made up their minds?

Granted, one can also apply that last argument to pro-science books like The God Delusion or The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Meanwhile, Qualia Soup has produced a concise video clearly explaining what evolution is and isn’t, in 10 minutes. It implicitly refutes every point we’ve seen Comfort make, without the discomfort of mentioning Comfort.

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  1. Erika Price says:

    Comfort actively has a contempt for logic. Remember his goal is to avoid the troublesome arguments of the "mind". Instead:

    "We want to emphasize the principle of swinging from the intellect straight to the conscience…You’ve eventually go to get to the heart…And that’s what we do when we ask someone if they consider themselves to be a good person.”

    I remember that the old, infamous "banana" video made me suspect that there was something farcical about Comfort's whole display. I don't actually believe this, of course, but it pleases me to know that other people have Poe's Law-related doubts as well.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Dan: That's a terrific video. If only we could get the creationists to focus on the content of this video for ten minutes . . . especially the beautiful wrap-up.

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