Archive for the ‘Sam Harris’ Category

Why Sam Harris should never be given any position of authority

September 13, 2011

The link between belief and behavior raises the stakes considerably. Some propositions are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live.

Sam Harris, (quoted What the New Atheists Don’t See, Theodore Dalrymple)

The only ‘link’ here is that Sam Harris is a frustrated  totalitarian.  And who would decide which beliefs are so dangerous as to require them to be killed? Plato was like this. A committee of philosopher kings who would decide what’s best for us plebs and kill off those who have the ‘wrong’ beliefs.

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Atheism – the threat to freedom

October 8, 2008

“Faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to

the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate,” writes Richard

Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. “Religion is capable of

driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to

qualify as a kind of mental illness.”

Presumably he’d have believers in mental institutions like the Soviets…

According to Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, religion is so

bad it should be eradicated just like slavery was eradicated: “I

would be the first to admit that the prospects for eradicating

religion in our time do not seem good. Still the same could have been

said about efforts to abolish slavery at the end of the eighteenth

century.”

And if Harris had power, how would he seek to ‘eradicate’ faith? I shudder to wonder.