Larry, a lot of people like simple stories to illustrate points. Good teachers teach (attempt to take complicated issues and put them on a lower shelf for everyone) they don't showcase all the big words they know in the hopes that someone will get lost in the mumbo jumbo -- it's called "Argument By Prestigious Jargon."He has kind of a point: once the truth has been established, it's a legitimate technique to oversimplify it for the purpose of education; the complications and qualifications can be introduced later. But Rob directly conflates education with argumentation, the communication of established truth with the establishment of truth.
There are no shortcuts to establishing the truth. I'm apparently using words outside Rob's vocabulary and concepts outside the range of his education, but what can I do? You can't establish truth with sound bites and hand-waving. You have to dig in and explore the complexity of the issues. (And if Rob thinks science and philosophy are refractory, I wonder what he thinks of sophisticated theology. Oy vey! Talk about "Argument By Prestigious Jargon!")
In any event, this is not a "teaching" blog, it is a blog about me doing my best to figure out what's true, and communicate my thoughts to a few score readers. And it is most definitely not a platform for anyone — theologian, philosopher or politician — to promulgate or propagandize whatever authoritarian dogma they happen to adhere.
Rob, you do not like the theory (or theories) of evolution. We get that, five by five. As it happens, I'm not all that interested in the gory details of evolutionary biology. I'm not a professional scientist, and this is not a science blog. But I am, however, interested in argumentation in general, and philosophy — especially the philosophy of science — in particular.
So, Rob, if you have an argument — not an illustration, not a point of view, not an opinion — but an actual argument, I'm interested in hearing it. If you have an actual argument that employs actual facts, even if I disagree with your conclusions, I'll not only address it on its merits but also post it (with your permission) on the main page of the blog.
But if you just want to "teach" people about your ignorant and uninformed opinions or (to the extent that the categories can be distinguished) your theology, you have your own church and your own blog in which to do so.