Sunday, September 16, 2018
There is no reasonable case to be made that Sean Carroll isn't primarily an ideologue engaged in polemics, not science, today. If you bothered to go to the linked-to review on his blog you could see that above the picture of Boltzmann's equation on Boltzmann's gravestone is the motto
in truth, only atoms and the void
which is an ideological statement, not something that can be demonstrated by scientific method or rigorous logical argument. It's an atheist-materialist motto. Carroll is old for a theoretical physicist, it's not uncommon for them to take up a career in pro or semi-pro atheism after they see their quest for making legendary discoveries fading into the past. That's almost as common as old Marxists who take the baby step into right-wing and far more profitable demagoguery. I would imagine Carroll, like Coyne, Krauss and Christopher Hitchens became far more famous as atheist hacks then they ever were in their legit careers. Carl Sagan was an atheist hack with a slogan, as well, but his media celebrity was more through his pop-science than through his CSICOP involvement. I was originally fascinated by him but only for as long as he spoke within his professional competence, astrophysics. As soon as he left that, he was an annoying hack. I've never found the others listed fascinating.
Posted by The Thought Criminal at 10:47 AM