|Riskbreaker - 2009-07-14 |
The world needs more like him.
Christopher Hitchens is trying to get his bar tab paid, and has never, ever been interested in anything else. His "religion is stupid" shtick is just part of his general policy of trying to outrage as many people as possible in order to keep himself famous and marketable. As for Dawkins, when was the last time he said a word to anyone about science? He had a brilliant career as a biologist, but he's a professional atheist now, and that's a useless thing to be.
As to your second part, the hell I am. Both sides have been heaping contempt on the ones they perceive as the enemy with no attempt whatsoever to argue in good faith. The best, the very best they'll do is to write their opposition off as ineducable idiots. Both sides have declared that the other is beyond saving. That's how it seems to me, anyway. I, at least, am willing to admit I might be wrong.
What i liked about Sagan is that he didn't had the "religion sucks/i know more than you!" attitude that many have today. It's ok to put all the myth and superstition back where they belong, but you're not going to win any fans that way.
Again, Phil Plait comes agonizingly close, but he ruins it when he specifically points out his mission by saying things like "it is no wonder people see Jesus' face everywhere" or "science is so much cooler than religion."
Oh, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson comes close too, but he has trouble actually getting his message out: http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=31765
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