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Go to: Why do French intellectuals "know nothing about science"?

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Comment 4 by Rtambree :

There is no prominent anti-Freud crusader in any country, like there is with homoeopathy or religion or spoon-bending or other woo.

Oh, but there is one! His name is Professor Frederick Crews, he was nicknamed "Freud basher"! Look his books up, he is eloquent and well-researched on the subject!

I think there has been otherwise a good amount of people, too, who wrote skeptically of Freud, both specialists (beginning with Popper, in fact!) and non-specialists (like Nabokov). So I wouldn't agree that the skeptics have been turning a blind eye to Freud. What is surprising, however, is that Freud and his psychoanalysis seem to have withstood any amounts of rational criticism and are being followed quite irrationally. It's more like a faith, really, so what would you expect!

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 06:43:12 UTC | #936418

Go to: Translations of my books

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The only book I've read in Russian of all the books by Professor Dawkins is "The Selfish Gene". The translation was made a long time ago, in the old Soviet Union, and it is quite a while since I've read it, but as far as I remember it was very well done.

All the newer books by Dawkins that I've read, I've read in English, but it seems to be no problem to find the Russian translations online, with no respect to copyright at all. I am afraid that Russia and its segment of the internet are notorious for all kinds of pirate activities. Anyhow, it took me a few seconds to find the translation of "The God Delusion", and I looked through the introduction and the beginnings of several chapters at random. All seemed to be extremely well translated. The website I've chosen for reading the book seems to be Ukrainian-based (.ua-domain) and it really did a good job of presenting the book, with great navigation, beautiful ornaments and all. Importantly, it gives the name of the translator, Natalya Smelkova, with 2 science editors: Alexandre Markov, Yelena Naymark. It is probably the latter who ensured the quality of the translation. The website also gives the picture of the book cover, which is the same as the one you get when you attempt to buy the book in an online store, so the translation here is indeed the one from the commercial edition.

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 14:10:14 UTC | #887349

Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins

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A very friendly and positively charged talk, probably useful for introducing Professor Dawkins to the Muslim audience as a pleasant and nice person, not a threatening monster trying to destroy their sacred values. This is, I guess, more important than coming out right away with lots of radical ideas about religion when talking to a religious audience. Let them see that atheists are nice people, and perhaps they may then check out the ideas of the atheists by themselves.

Still, I wonder whether this was a missed opportunity to mention certain specific problems with the teaching and understanding of evolution in the Islamic world, like the activities of Harun Yahya, or the ban on the RDF website in Turkey, and so on.

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 18:29:00 UTC | #430484

Go to: Bad Faith Awards 2009: the polls are open

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But why shouldn't it be Ratzinger?! I was very surprised to hear this from the author of "The God Delusion"!

After all, the aim of the poll is formulated as determining "the person deemed to have made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of unreason."

I know there could be more people on this list, but still: can there really be found any single person who did more for unreason than the Pope? We are talking about direct influence on over a billion people on the global scale here!

Various muslim and other fanatics may be doing more immediate harm, but their harm is much more localised...

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:45:00 UTC | #415069

Go to: Denham's misplaced 'faith group' faith

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Usually I just read the articles but this time I can't resist to applaud the clarity and logic of the arguments.

In my native Russia, religion is now winning over vast numbers of people, and is finally to be introduced to schools (after a long struggle). This is a shame but it has its explanation in the history. For most of the XX century religious views (as any views) were suppressed in the communist USSR, and now people are anxious to rediscover their cultural roots, their past.

But in Britain? The very secular, very stable society, not disturbed by revolutions, enjoying the freedom of thought at all times... what is happening? Why is secularism there suddenly seems to be at the defence line?!

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:38:00 UTC | #413893

Go to: Religion of hatred: Why we should no longer be cowed by the chattering classes ruling Britain who sneer at Christianity

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An offtop, if you allow it, or almost: one of the "anti-God fanatics" mentioned in this article, Christopher Hitchens, is about to turn 60 - this Monday, April 13!

Sat, 11 Apr 2009 13:12:00 UTC | #346796