Sam Harris at Idea City ’05

I love Sam Harris’ work, but I don’t always agree with him 100 percent. This video was posted in the comments on my blog. I’d b interested in your ideas on this talk. And while it’s over 5 years old, it still resonates with me. He speaks of the intolerance of the fundamentalist, and the danger of being fundamental in beliefs. He also speaks of the danger in being a moderate or noncommittal. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please...

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Pitfalls in debate – the difficulties we face

As a person who discusses his beliefs mostly with the like-minded, I find it difficult to speak to someone with a very different viewpoint to my own in relation to religion, science, the paranormal and the metaphysical. I generally won’t stand by and let what I perceive as foolishness escape challenged, because I think misinformation is dangerous, and too easily manipulated. And I can’t always fault the person from which this...

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Science, atheism and the search for more

One of the innate human characteristics that separates us from other animals on earth is our insatiable need to find out “why”. Our natural need to seek for things like food and a mate is shared with other animals, but the questioning of why things happen is a unique to humans. It is ingrained in us, from the first day we start searching with our eyes and hands for our mothers’ face and bosom. The “why” seems to...

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The truth is out there

My recent blog piece “At the edge of knowledge” spawned an awesome amount of feedback and brought up a really good point from some of the commentators. The main thing I walk away from in the debate which ensued was that denial of accepted facts is not a valid argument. The point that so many make, science denialists in particular, is that science is just as much a leap of faith as religion is. As I say in “At the edge of...

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The hopes of an atheist

I was asked recently by a very good friend of mine “But what gives an atheist a sense of hope?” We were at our 20 year highschool reunion, and it was very noisy, there were far too many distractions for both of us for me to give her an answer worth anything, so I simply said, “I’ll get back to you.” Lets call this friend “A” to protect the innocent. Well A, this blog is for you. Let me just preface this...

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