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Date:June 11th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)

How religion poison's everything

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This book is one of the next ones I wish to read. I was a bit wary of Christopher Hitchens though because I always viewed him as a nutcase. I have only heard good things about this book and no with your greenlight Paul I will have to pick it up.

I also have to note that Hitchens is a staunch supporter of the war in Iraq and I have got to feel this aligns with my reasoning for supporting it.

By the way, did you see the Hitchens vs. Hannity squareoff on fox? I have never seen Sean Hannity get destroyed like that on fox before. Worth the time to watch that is for sure.
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Date:June 11th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)

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Television like that (shouting match shows, tv "news", anything on fox) makes me physically ill - both on its own merits and because of what it says about how most people acquire information. In general I'd rather gouge my eyes out with a dull rusty spoon.
Date:June 11th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)

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I totally agree with you on that front, but I think no matter what if a higher level of rationality is to be achieved then rational people will eventually have to dominate a shouting match every once in awhile. It's unfortunate that it has come to this, but none the less it is reality.

I hope you at least watch it Paul. (Hitchens Hannity on youtube)
Man I loved the part where Hitchens elogently lays out his case and then Sean goes back to the same tired argument of how there has to be a designer due to the intricacy of the planet we live on. Hitchens then pops back that "Sean it sounds like you have never read a single argument against your stance ever" Effectively slamming his head off the table.

I also liked Sean dropping the intellectual snobbiness card on Hitchens : i.e. You are using facts to make me look bad please stop.