Richard Dawkins writes really silly things about science and philosophy

[image: Dawkins at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, Wikimedia; this is essay #279 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

I’ve known Richard Dawkins for decades. Not in the sense that we are pals. But we have crossed paths a number of times, once because I invited him to give a public talk at the University of Tennessee, another because we both contributed to a stimulating symposium on “Moving naturalism forward” organized by cosmologist Sean Carroll. I have never seen eye-to-eye with…