procrastination, heresy, and navel-gazing.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

up for a bit of Dawkins-esque vitriol?

over at Lara's blog, i hear that Oxford University is looking for applications to fill Richard Dawkins' job when he retires later this year.

i was thinking about possible (and by that i mean improbable) applicants.

top of my list would have to be this guy, with his research into whether it is indeed possible to teach a grandmother to suck eggs.

it seems the successful applicant will display:

  • (a) record of the highest quality of research, publication and teaching in higher education, in one or more fields of science (which could include history and philosophy of science);

  • (b) evidence, for example in the form of publications, lectures or published work, of an interest in enhancing the public understanding of science;

  • (c) experience in communicating with non-scholarly audiences, for example by means of writing or broadcasting, and using up-to-date methods of communication; and

  • (d) an interest in the relationship between the worlds of science and those of public discourse.

i'm still trying to find the paragraph detailing the need for:
  • (e)an irrational hatred of belief systems seen, at least in the successful applicant's eyes, to be incongruous with a scientistic view of science.

maybe it was in the desirable, though not essential, criteria, area...

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Blogger Hayley said...

I reckon Alice Shirrell Kaswell could be in the running too....

10:11 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

yeah it was a pretty innovative science project!

9:17 am  

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