Over at PZ Myers’ blog, Sam Harris was being criticized by a group of atheists. One of them wrote:
And then some things he does bug me that even his critics don’t take issue with. Shouldn’t someone call him out for letting himself be called a neuroscientist all the time? He has the Ph.D., but AFAIK he has never earned a living as a neuroscientist, has no academic appointment or publication record other than a popular layman’s book on free will. He’s a neuroscientist in the same sense that those creationist biology Ph.Ds are biologists. Also, everyone politely ignores his book on meditation, which is full of the same fuzzy thinking he attacks in religious apologists. On politics, he’s overmatched by the likes of Chomsky even if, like me, you happen to agree with him more often than with Chomsky. So what? Feet of clay.
Okay, that part I totally agree with. I’m kinda glad I’m not the only one. However, you say he’s a neuroscientist like creation PhDs are biologists. I think a more apt analogy would be that he’s a neuroscientist in the same way Mayim Bialik is a neuroscientist.
Bam! The perfect analogy. Sam Harris is a neuroscientist in the same way Mayim Bialik is a neuroscientist.
For those of you who don’t know, Bialik is an actress who did obtain a PhD in Neuroscience. But after getting her PhD, she left academia and devotes her time to acting. And she even admits she no longer follows neuroscience.
Wanna know the best part? Mayim tells us -” Sam Harris and I were in graduate school together.”
Like I said, the perfect analogy. Then again, we might argue that Bialik is even more of a neuroscientist than Harris, as her B.S. was also in Neuroscience.