Jerry Coyne

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Jerry Coyne
Jerry Coyne, American professor of biology at the University of Chicago.jpg
Jerry Coyne at the University of Chicago, August 2006, with the "lab cat"[1] Dusty.
Born(1949-12-30) December 30, 1949 (age 64)
ResidenceChicago
NationalityAmerican
FieldsEcology and Evolution
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
Alma materCollege of William & Mary, Harvard University (Ph.D)
Website
WhyEvolutionIsTrue
 
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Jerry Coyne
Jerry Coyne, American professor of biology at the University of Chicago.jpg
Jerry Coyne at the University of Chicago, August 2006, with the "lab cat"[1] Dusty.
Born(1949-12-30) December 30, 1949 (age 64)
ResidenceChicago
NationalityAmerican
FieldsEcology and Evolution
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
Alma materCollege of William & Mary, Harvard University (Ph.D)
Website
WhyEvolutionIsTrue

Jerry Allen Coyne (born December 30, 1949[2]) is an American professor of biology, known for his commentary on the intelligent design debate. A prolific scientist, he has published dozens of papers, elucidating on the theory of evolution. He is currently a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. His concentration is speciation and ecological and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve the fruit fly, Drosophila.[3] He is the author of the standard text Speciation and the bestselling science popularization Why Evolution Is True, and maintains a website also called Why Evolution Is True.

Academic work[edit]

Coyne graduated with a B.S. in biology from the College of William & Mary in 1971. He started graduate work at Rockefeller University under Theodosius Dobzhansky before logistical complications (draft) forced a hiatus. He then earned a Ph.D. in biology at Harvard University, studying under Richard Lewontin, and went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis with Timothy Prout. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, and received the "Emperor Has No Clothes" award from the Freedom from Religion Foundation in 2011.

Coyne has served as President (2011) and Vice President (1996) of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and as Associate Editor of Evolution (1985–1988; 1994–2000) and The American Naturalist (1990–1993). He currently teaches evolutionary biology, speciation, genetic analysis, social issues and scientific knowledge, and scientific speaking and writing.

His work is widely published in scientific journals as well as in such mainstream venues as The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New Republic. His research interests include population and evolutionary genetics, speciation, ecological and quantitative genetics, chromosome evolution, and sperm competition.

Coyne is a critic of creationism[4] including theistic evolution[5][6] and intelligent design, which he calls "the latest pseudoscientific incarnation of religious creationism, cleverly crafted by a new group of enthusiasts to circumvent recent legal restrictions."[7]

The Ecuadoran frog Atelopus coynei is named after Coyne. He collected the holotype in a swamp on a frogging trip to western Ecuador as a student in the late 1970s.[8]

Atheism[edit]

Coyne is an outspoken proponent of atheism, metaphysical naturalism, and the conflict thesis. He claims that religion and science are fundamentally incompatible, that only rational evaluation of evidence is capable of reliably discovering the world and the way it works, and that scientists who hold religious views are only reflective of the idea "that people can hold two conflicting notions in their heads at the same time". He has argued that the incompatibility of science and faith is based on irreconcilable differences in methodology, philosophy, and outcomes when they try to discern truths about the universe.

As well as evolution-related topics, his blog,[9] Why Evolution Is True, discusses atheism, the incompatibility of science and religion, science, and other topics. He has frequently participated in public debates with theists.

Noteworthy scientific papers[edit]

Coyne's peer-reviewed scientific publications include three papers in Nature and three in Science among others:[10]

Books[edit]

Online articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cat travel week: home again (lab cats) (Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution Is True, 2010-09-17)
  2. ^ Why Evolution Is True blog note from Jerry Coyne
  3. ^ "Jerry Coyne Profile". Edge. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ Coyne, Jerry (02.12.09). "Why Evolution Is True: Creationists don't deserve credence—especially from Forbes". Forbes magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  5. ^ Does the empirical nature of science contradict the revelatory nature of faith? (2009, Edge.org),
  6. ^ Alvin Plantinga: sophisticated theologian? (Why Evolution Is True, 2011-12-30)
  7. ^ Coyne, Jerry (July 1, 2007). "The Faith that Dare Not Speak its Name". The New Republic. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  8. ^ Atelopus coynei, an eponymous frog (Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution Is True, 2009-08-20)
  9. ^ Ceci n’est pas un blog, WhyEvolutionIsTrue, "Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email."
  10. ^ Publications of Coyne's Vitae

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