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Roy Sablosky

Read Consciousness Explained, Greta. It will change your life.


A nice little Dennett gem is "Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Having," if you're not in the mood for the more massive Consciousness Explained or Darwin's Dangerous Idea.

Most days I think Dennett has just hit the nail on the head regarding so-called "rudeness". Some days, though, I wonder if there are better ways to ask even that sort of question; "better" in the sense that, pedagogically, they will more easily lead folks to understanding that they might be wrong...

Sabio Lantz

My RSS reader says this post use to be entitled:
Atheist Meme of the Day: "No Atheists in Foxholes" is Bigotry"

Did you change it.
If so, changing is a good idea. I don't think it is bigotry, just a common observation of human nature. And I am an atheist.

Greta Christina

Sabio: Yes, I changed the subject line. The first one was an error.


Dennett's a smart guy. Too bad he promotes the pseudoscientific crap that is current evolutionary psychology.

As far as this particular quote goes, I think it's a reasonable point. But there's a time and place to ask that question. I don't spout politics, for instance, at friends of different views when we're just hanging out socially, or at my stepmother when I visit her house. I'm happy to spout them at pretty much everyone when it's in the arena of public discourse, or at friends who I know enjoy long political discussions. I think you get something similar with religion.

Robin Zimmermann

That's some strong stuff - thankee!

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