Denis Dutton died yesterday, bugger.
It is through his recent book The Art Instinct – as well as Arts and Letters Daily that he is most known. However I first heard of him through what I think is one of his greatest achievements, the New Zealand Skeptics. Though he wasn’t as active as he was when he helped set it up in the mid 80’s he retained a skeptical mindset…for example take this cartoon he put on his personal website.
I’ll leave it to Carl Sagan, a Skeptic par excellence to deliver a eulogy of which I have no doubt Denis would enjoy.