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2/24/09

The Quadripartite Equine Riders, part 9 of 11

This is part nine of an eleven part essay in which is a review of a conversation that took place between Prof. Richard Dawkins, Prof. Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.
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Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Strident, Arrogant, Vitriolic, and or Shrill?
Part 3: Amazing Perplexity and Anonymous Confession of an Atheist Clergyman
Part 4: Tri-Theism? Nice Try
Part 5: Faith, Evidence and Doubting Thomas and It’s Absolutely Relative
Part 6: On Scientific Authoritarian Faith
Part 7: Cosmology and the Pathetic Bible
Part 8: On Cosmology, Theology and Eternal Regress
Part 9: Dennett the Mesmerist and Atheism is Humbler and Holier Than Thou
Part 10: The Universe is All About Me
Part 11: On Jihad and Abortion
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Dennett the Mesmerist
Prof. Daniel Dennett uncovers an interestingly odd plan to hypnotize theists, in a manner of speaking:

“I think, what I would love to do is to invent a memorable catchphrase or term that would rise unbidden in their minds when they caught themselves doing it, and then they would think oh, this is one of those cosmic shifts that Dennett and Dawkins and Harris and Hitchens are talking about. Oh! right! and they think this is somehow illicit, just to create a little more awareness in them of what a strange thing it is that they're doing.”
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I do not mean to belittle Prof. Daniel Dennett but I find this adorable. Not only is Prof. Richard Dawkins singing the praises of natural selections ability to raise our consciences and, as we shall see below, Sam Harris claims to “spread the light of criticism,” but now Prof. Daniel Dennett wants to act as our conscience, our guiding light of absolute materialistic reason. I term this the DHDH Meme (for Dennett-Harris-Dawkins-Hitchens).
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"These are not the droids you're looking for"
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Atheism is Humbler and Holier Than Thou
Sam Harris states,
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“You raise this issue though, of whether or not we would wish the churches emptied on Sundays. And I think you were uncertain whether you would, and I think I would agree. I would want a different church. I would want a different ritual, motivated by different ideas but I think there's a place for the sacred in our lives, but under some construal it doesn't presuppose any bull****. But there's a usefulness to seeking profundity as a matter of our attention, and our neglect of this area, I think, as atheists, at times makes even our craziest opponents seem wiser than we are.”
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In this regard I will simply direct the interested reader to my essay Atheism is Holier Than Theism, in which I provide various quotations that go beyond atheists claiming to be more logical, and even more moral than theists, but holier as well.heism, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris

6 comments:

  1. Hey Mariano, I've got and idea. Why don't you back up a bit from these *yawn* tomes that you seem so insistent on producing, and substantiate the most provocative statement on this blog? That statement being "Atheism is Dead".

    Changing the banner every now and then isn't getting the job done.

    You should pull in IrishFarmer, he seems to be the only one who doesn't have his head in his ...um, ..the clouds.

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  2. You don't honestly think mariano is going to respond to your comment do you SJ? He's far too busy writing 75 more pages trying to support some of his ridiculous assertions. Mariano believes in quantity over quality.

    I'm starting to get a Time Cube vibe from him.

    I agree with the IrishFarmer thing though

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  3. Andrew, I don't think it's that so much as that he's not really interested in debate.

    I think he considers this a place to "publish" his ideas that he is sure are reflective of truth. I don't think he's intersted in dialogue. Not that I am either, I'm pretty much a tolerable troll when it comes to discussing issues here on this blog because most of the the stuff debunks itself.

    I just enjoy watching the drama play out and Mariano's looooooong, and meeeeeandering posts kill the sense of fun.

    I'll completely agree with you on the time cube thing though. Who in their right mind would take the time to refute any of that crap?
    Mariano's getting to that point because it's plain to see he doesn't learn, he already knows it all.

    Hey I do like you a lot Mariano, I really do. But you know.

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  4. Well I wouldn't say it's completely dead, but it's boring.

    Atheism on the other hand is alive and well. Growing every day.

    Ironic, don't you think?

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  5. I know! Just look at all those kids taking guns to school...

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