Rather than do any science, Dawkins has been sharing his opinions about rape on twitter. As you might expect, the only thing Tweety Dawk accomplishes is getting noticed:
And so, freshly released from the stocks, Professor Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and famed atheist, is today wiping off the rotten tomatoes from his lapel. He will be doing so unapologetically.
The leader of the New Atheist movement is getting slammed all over the place. For example:
You can almost imagine him tweeting this, his fingers jabbing away at the keyboard as his glasses slide down a face contorted with disappointment at how irrational everyone is being. This is Dawkins in 2014: a figure of mockery, a man so convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience that he can’t understand why everyone’s getting angry at him for pointing out the obvious. Why won’t we all just learn how to think, damn it! Then we could all live together in a peaceful society where nobody wears “bin liners”, and women shut up about sexual harassment.
Remember when Dawkins was widely respected? When his biggest detractor was late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould? I don’t. Having grown up after Dawkins made the transition from lauded science communicator to old man who shouts at clouds, it’s hard for me to understand why anyone continues to listen to him about anything.
Sure, he wrote some pop science books back in the day, but why do we keep having him on TV and in the newspapers?
I’d have a simple question for Dawkins and his “sincere” attempt to use logic in the context of moral relativism – when it comes to eating meat (which Dawkins likens to slavery) and date rape, which is the “bad” one and which is worse?