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Robert Maynard's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by Robert Maynard

Sam Harris's was a brilliant bait and switch. Really threw me off for the first few paragraphs. Once you've finished it though, even the first paragraphs flip like a magic eye.

"He demolishes the intellectual pretensions of militant atheists like Coyne and Dennett in the most elegant way imaginable: by merely divulging the title of a 17th century work by the great Robert Boyle. When I was a militant neo-rationalist, I had a sinking feeling that my colleagues and I had not fully reckoned with Boyle on the argument from Design and were, as a result, risking public humiliation." Ice cold burn, sir.

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:36:00 UTC | #318150