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Some things are so messed up that you just don't know where to start.

Some things are so messed up that you just don’t know where to start.

 

Friends, I have on a few occasions mentioned that I read Sam Harris’ book ‘The Moral Landscape’ and rather enjoyed it.

I would have preferred if Harris had provided more argument or evidence in support of his point of view instead of simply stating it with a ‘come at me bro!’ attitude. But still, I felt there were many ideas in the book that were worth considering and he tackled the more ‘sciencey’ parts of it rather well.

But then I found out a few troubling things about our dear mister Harris.

And they have left me to convinced that heĀ is a perfect example of what happens when intelligent people start commenting on things about which they are utterly ignorant.

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Some positions are worth defending. Others are just foolishness.

Not a vegetative state at all.

Friends, I’ve been saddened recently by a resurgence in debates around the idea that “Science” is somehow better than the “Humanities” (including the Arts I suppose).

Listening to these highly educated, scientific thinkers talking about perceived flaws in the Humanities has reminded me of a sad truth:

The world will always contain a large population of highly intelligent stupid people.

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Go GOP! Ower rangers.

Friends, as I’m sure you know I (and everyone else with a working brain) find racism abhorrent. The idea that the amount of melanin in a person’s skin somehow determines IQ score, sex drive and the ability to throw a ball through a hoop is just plain silly.

Unfortunately, there are millions of people whose egos rely on their ability to pretend that those who are different are somehow also “worse”. So I’ve decided to use a new tactic: I’m going to assume, for the sake of argument, that racists are right, and then show that even if one does this it soon becomes obvious that racism still makes absolutely no sense.

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