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Sam Harris on the Importance of Breaking Religion’s Spell

Posted by honestpoet on November 18, 2008

Here’s an excellent bit from the question and answer period after a debate with Rabbi Wolpe. I’ve been watching a lot of Mr. Harris on YouTube, and I have to say that I like him even more than Richard Dawkins. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dawkins, but, as an American, Harris is more aware of the need to speak with the religious politely and without snarkiness. Dawkins can come off a bit smug, which is a mistake when dealing with the American religious, who already feel beset and belittled, and whose defense mechanisms thereby fly up as soon as the subject is broached with any sort of superior attitude.

Here’s another bit: Sam Harris at the TruthDig conference, talking about how beliefs have consequences, and why the taboo on not examining religious beliefs needs to be lifted.

Here he is talking about the relative morality of various books of the Bible and what would happen if as a society we actually followed it.

And one more, at the Idea Festival in Aspen, where he disputes a lot of common misconceptions about atheism:

If you’d like to hear more of what he has to say, here’s the link to his website, which includes links to a number of articles and videos (including the full debate with Rabbi Wolpe). His thinking is even more in line with my own than Richard Dawkins’s. Dawkins and the rest of the recent crop of atheistic authors turn their backs on mystical experience, whereas Sam Harris, while approaching it as a skeptic, acknowledges that there’s something there to examine that could prove worthwhile, perhaps yielding up that which religions seek but never truly find, tied up as they are in their supernatural superstitions and dogmatism. He’s experienced contemplative states and acknowledges that they can lead to an increase in the ability to experience empathy and compassion, which are clearly in short supply these days.

A neurobiologist, he was motivated to start writing by the events of 9/11, and his focus is on the affect of beliefs on behaviors. Some people have painted him as some sort of warmonger Islamophobe, but that’s hardly the case when you read the suspect passages in context. Does he say that people holding the beliefs indoctrinated by Islam can be led therewith to bad behavior? Absolutely, but that’s hardly the same thing.


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I Don’t Like David Icke

Posted by honestpoet on January 13, 2008

I think we should pronounce his last name to rhyme with icky, instead.

How dumb and crazy and lame do you have to be to respond to the unconscious symbolism we encounter in the mind with paranoid delusions of reptilian overlords that mimic a science-fiction miniseries you saw on TV as a kid? You’ve got to read the wikipedia article on this dude. I finally checked him out after I saw his name in my search terms list (along with, you guessed it, “Obama”). And btw, Obama’s eyes are WAY too far apart to be a reptilian hybrid like Bush and Chris Christopherson.

PS — Conspiracy theories, I’ve decided, are for people who BELIEVE they’re too smart for religion, but are not.

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Barack Obama Illuminati?

Posted by honestpoet on January 4, 2008

You know, ever since I made a funny little post, during the dead-Jesus broo-ha-ha, about the next step being to introduce Barack Obama as Christ’s heir, every day at least one person finds my blog by searching for some combination of words including “illuminati” and some form of the man’s name.

Well, since he won the Iowa primary, my readership has spiked. And most of the new visitors are here to read that little post.

Come on, folks, the illuminati were an old secret society founded by a nutbar, that never did anything and that fell apart a long time ago. The only group of folks pulling the strings from behind the scenes are multi-national corporations, not men in dark suits intent on bringing the world into contact with aliens or into secular humanism or some new enlightenment or whatever it is you fear they’re doing. The strings that get pulled are pulled for financial reasons. Even seemingly religious wars really have more to do with real estate and mineral rights. The little man, the one who goes to church and goes to work and tries to pay his bills, is just a cog in the wheels of money-making for the small number of families who actually own everything. You are expendable. And it doesn’t have anything to do with liberal agendas. It has to do with money. To the rich, you are less than human. That’s just the way it is.

If there were an illuminati, a group of people who saw the bigger picture, who saw what humanity suffers and had some good ideas about how to drag it out of this dark age, I’d join up in a minute. But no one has come knocking. Because it’s just a conspiracy theory, folks. Quit watching so much TV, do some real reading, learn your history, and pull yourself up out of the scum left over from a 3,000-year-old land-grab.

And btw, Obama is too pedestrian to belong to any such enlightened group. He’s just another politician eager to suck on the corporate tit, who happens to have dark skin, which sets off your sublimated racism. You’d rather imagine him part of some weird conspiracy than admit that you hate him because he’s black.

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