Yesterday I thought that I had been quite witty in suggesting that someone might write a book called The Science Delusion. As far as I know nobody has but there is one called The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine and it’s selling well although not as well as The God Delusion. Number 2 on Amazon’s bestseller list is God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. However, The Pope’s Jesus of Nazareth is third and the riposte to Dawkins is fifth, after Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist.
Mr Dawkins has a new programme on channel 4 called The Enemies of Reason. He does seem to be stuck in a time warp with the Enlightenment. The programme discussed astrology, various New Age practices and he talked to people who claim to communicate with the dead. He ended on a lyrical note by saying that science is the poetry of reality. With recent ideas on the instability of language fresh in my mind I want to ask questions about the ‘reality’ that ‘science’ and ‘poetry’ signify.