Reactions to the Fresh Air interview with Geneticist Francis Collins that I mentioned here.
Geneticist Francis Collins on NPR Fresh Air
By Hsien Hsien Lei, PhD | Related entries in General Genetics and Health, Genetics Interviews
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, was on NPR’s Fresh Air today and PZ Myers wasn’t impressed with the strong religious message.
He [Francis Collins] claims that science is only valid in investigating nature, and that it is inappropriate for examining ideas beyond nature … which begs the question of whether there is anything beyond nature. We also hear that science and spirit are complementary and different tools, but of course we aren’t told how the tool of spirit is applied to anything. We’re told that the intricacy and complexity of the human genome instills a sense of awe, and that it represents a glimpse of God’s creative genius — again, begging the question. When asked whether it was appropriate for Clinton to bring up God in the announcement of completion of the human genome project, he answered…