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Go to: Moral confusion in the name of 'science'

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I'm glad Sam decided to respond to a lot of the challenges - I also can't wait for his full book to be published. I hope he deals adequately with the moral case for liberty. It seems that liberty (and maybe "rights" generally) might be separate from "well-being" which is Harris's foundation for morality. It's possible that liberty and rights are "parasitic on some notion of wellbeing in the end" as he argues here about other principles. The issue is expanded a bit here:

Well, I've pre-ordered my book. Thanks Sam!

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 02:43:00 UTC | #453906

Go to: The Pope, the Prophet, and the religious support for evil

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Ya Andrew Sullivan (who actually has been GREAT on calling attention to problems in his Church) thinks Hari is being too strong. It's another case of you can't criticize religion because everyone's religion isn't the same:

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 23:07:00 UTC | #450478

Go to: God Talk, Part 2

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I can't believe such muddled thinking passes as argument in the New York Times. To Stanley Fish, everything is based on faith so no one can know anything I guess. Argh. To respond a bit to some of his points.

God exists or it doesn’t. A specific author (or group of authors) for a poem literally wrote it. If author X actually wrote the poem (whether as a conduit for a generation or zeitgeist or not) than evidence that seems to point to author Q is wrong if someone calls it evidence that author Q wrote the poem in question. It doesn’t matter if they have faith that author Q wrote it or is the true spokesperson for his generation or anything else. Professor Fish, do you really believe that no one can be correct or incorrect on the question of whether god exists or not? Is it even possible to you that an atheist is right? I’m an atheist but I believe it is possible I’m wrong - I just haven’t seen evidence that a god exists.

If evidence cannot be evaluated without a faith that god exists or doesn’t, what is a person questioning his faith to do? Does no objective reason exist for which he can look to persuade him one way or the other? If that is true, why do you bother writing anything because that must apply to all things not just supernatural entities?

Of course we all have to "see through a glass darkly" but there is still a real world to be seen. Just because it's not always clear what is true or false does not mean all worldviews are equally valid.

Mon, 18 May 2009 10:55:00 UTC | #361378

Go to: Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mine is the 28th along with Dan Dennett's.

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:14:00 UTC | #340185

Go to: Jerry Coyne's 'Seeing and Believing' with responses

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Sam Harris is my hero; Steven Pinker is a close second.

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:53:00 UTC | #318160

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