Richard Dawkins replies to David Sloan Wilson

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Date: Winter 2008
From: Skeptic (Altadena, CA)(Vol. 13, Issue 4)
Publisher: Skeptics Society & Skeptic Magazine
Document Type: Article
Length: 460 words
Lexile Measure: 1290L

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IN HIS SKEPTIC ARTICLE ENTITLED "WHY Richard Dawkins is Wrong About Religion" (initially published online in eSkeptic and www.skeptic.com), David Sloan Wilson writes: "When Dawkins' The God Delusion was published I naturally assumed that he was basing his critique of religion on the scientific study of religion from an evolutionary perspective. I regret to report otherwise."

Why would Wilson 'naturally assume' aw such thing? Reasonable, perhaps, to assume that I would pay some attention to the evolution of religion, but why base a critique on an evolutionary perspective, any more than on Assyrian woodwind instruments or the burrowing behaviour of aardvarks? The God Delusion does, as it happens, have a chapter on the evolutionary origins...

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