Debates are always such fun, but sometimes people get their noses out of joint and it ends badly. This is what seems to have occurred between Jerry Coyne and John Haught
First there was the debate. Then after the debate, Haught refused to let the video of the debate be released. Coyne made a stink about this, and this led to public outrage. Now the video has been released. Haught says he agreed to the filming, but not to releasing it on the internet, and he accuses Coyne of ad hominem attacks.
While I don’t agree with Coyne’s position (I’m a happy accommodater and I think Coyne oversimplifies not only theology but also science’s reliance on falsification) I’m also somewhat at a loss to explain what set Haught off.
It may be that he views Coyne’s directness and bluntness as improper somehow, but after viewing the debate my only assessment is that both seem to be by numbers, with their arguments.
Ho hum, tempest in a teacup… what do you think?