Jerry A. Coyne

Jerry A. Coyne

Jerry A. Coyne is Professor of Ecology and Evolution, emeritus, is at the University of Chicago and is author of Why Evolution is True and Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible.

David Gelernter is Wrong About Ditching Darwin

David Gelernter is Wrong About Ditching Darwin

I’ve never been one to judge somebody’s arguments by their scholarly credentials. After all, two major contributors to my own field of evolutionary genetics, Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin, were amateur naturalists and autodidacts trained more thoroughly in theology than in biology. So when well-known Yale professor and

Jerry A. Coyne
Jerry A. Coyne
9 min read
Charles Darwin
Why We Shouldn't Bet on Having Free Will—A Reply to William Edwards

Why We Shouldn't Bet on Having Free Will—A Reply to William Edwards

It’s hard to discern the main point of William Edwards’s article The Academic Quarrel over Determinism, as his argument is discursive, confusing, contradictory, and sometimes misleading. In a first reading you may dimly perceive that he has a problem with determinism, and sees the negation of determinism as

Jerry A. Coyne
Jerry A. Coyne
6 min read
atheism
Secular Morality Does Not Depend on Faith

Secular Morality Does Not Depend on Faith

In his piece ‘Values: Even Secular Ones, Depend on Faith: A Reply to Jerry Coyne,’ John Staddon denies he ever claimed that secular humanism is a religion. Yet in Staddon’s original article, ‘Is Secular Humanism a Religion?,’ which I criticized in my response, ‘Secular Humanism Is Not A Religion,

Jerry A. Coyne
Jerry A. Coyne
2 min read
Ethics
Secular Humanism is Not a Religion

Secular Humanism is Not a Religion

hese days you can dismiss anything you don’t like by calling it “a religion.” Science, for instance, has been deemed essentially religious, despite the huge difference between a method of finding truth based on empirical verification and one based on unevidenced faith, revelation, authority, and scripture. Atheism, the direct

Jerry A. Coyne
Jerry A. Coyne
7 min read
Religion