Ah. Yes, that would settle it. I cannot say I am surprised that Kojonen is a clown, because it always does come down to this. But I do find it strange that these people are so often so willing to abase themselves by citing such garbage. Perhaps, of course, he is too dim or too ill-informed to know that he’s citing garbage. But that, while it may salvage his honesty, is not much help for the quality of his work.
What’s weird is that I’ve had this guy cited to me by a couple of people, favorably, in the past. What seems to happen is that people who have no real grasp of even the most basic biological facts find this kind of over-the-top ludicrous theorizing highly intellectual – gorgeous, artisanal intellectual craftwork, the very finest. And they imagine, poor bastards, that the mere tinkerers and toilers in the real world of living things could not compete, intellectually, with these greats. They imagine that while the “technicians” may be stuck in some sort of materialistic rut, they themselves are immune, for they have drunk from the purest streams of fine thought.
Of course, the reality is just the other way around. What these people imagine to be the higher truths are in fact the lower falsehoods. What they imagine is grand intellectual enterprise is asinine word-butchery.
The grand, integrative insights – how often do they come from people so dim that they cite the likes of Douglas Axe? I cannot say such a thing is strictly impossible, but it would be shocking, in practice, to see it, ever, in the history of the world. No, the deep intellectual insight that integrates ideas from multiple fields into some grand new overarching paradigm – that comes, in fact, from those lowly technicians. All theory – at least, all theory worth a damn – is emergent from fact, and if you haven’t got the facts, your theory is bound, as in this case, to be utterly unworthy of the attention of intelligent people.
But one does see this sort of thing from theologians. I think that there is an intellectual laziness that comes from “working” on ideas that can never be tested or meaningfully scrutinized in any way at all. And that laziness leads to an unwillingness to learn some basic biology, and rely on legitimate and trustworthy sources. Legitimate, trustworthy sources, in fact, are boring; they tend to confirm that biologists have got the major problems more or less in hand, and it’s not very exciting, daring or edgy to say that they do. If you want to be this kind of useless intellectual gadfly who says things that fly in the face of conventional wisdom and make poorly-informed people at cocktail parties go, “oooh,” far better to get your facts from the worst and most dishonest sources.