I posted in the past on the weakness of Jerry Fodor’s and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini’s book purporting to tell us “what Darwin got wrong.” As the title of my previous post indicates, Fodor’s and Piatelli-Palmarini’s effort on this issue is a classic example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action. It is worth noting that Fodor engaged in a Bloggingheads discussion on the issue with philosopher Elliott Sober:
The following exchange (it’s somewhat long, but bear with it) really seems to point out the weaknesses with Fodor’s position, not to mention the tediousness of his argument, even when viewed in the best light:
The part near the end of the entire diavlog, where Fodor tells us that it is not worth listening to what evolutionary biologists have to say about their work is a real head-scratcher as well. I do not, for the life of me, understand what Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini think they have achieved with the publication of their book, other than to have embarrassed themselves in the field of evolutionary biology. It is one thing to be intellectually adventurous in discussing evolution. But one needs to bring a certain level of expertise to the discussion, no?