Posted by richard on March 14th, 2012
My point is that it is a mistake to think that our arguments with the creationists are primarily about different epistemic first principles. The real sources of conflict are far more mundane. The creationists are misinformed about many basic facts, frequently misunderstand the theoretical constructs scientists use to explain those facts, and are rather undiscerning in deciding who to trust on these issues. It is giving them far too much credit to suggest that their intransigence stems from deep reflection on first principles.