As with many of my posts, the final paragraph is the one I hope people will think about--the rest of the essay leads up to it, however circuitous the path may be. In this case, it is a statement of core belief and addressed to all readers, not just Colin:<quoted text>
Great post. Colin, when treated with respect, isn't such a jerkface, so that's nice. But he is deeply committed to his belief system. So, I wonder how much he actually considers what we write.
The world is so much more fascinating when you study it without the need to defend your ideology. As I suggested before, look past the debate if you want to understand the huge ideas that underlie it. The need to debate produces limited thinking. Do you really want to limit yours?
One of the things I like about your posts is that you rarely, if ever, allow "debate fever" to overwhelm your mind. Even when countering posts like Colin's, your focus is more on the science than on the argument. That makes your posts interesting even when my poor brain has trouble keeping up.