If you didn’t know any better this might seem like The Greatest Bullshit Story Ever Told. Thank you books!
If you try to access RichardDawkins.net from within Pakistan, this is what you get:
From the email I received today:
With its religious fundamentalism and extremely restrictive blasphemy laws, Pakistan has long been an enemy of free speech. We here at RDFRS are not surprised by the banishment of our website, but we are deeply saddened for the Pakistani secularists that depend on our website for information, organizing and most importantly, solidarity.
You can help us continue to reach secularists in Pakistan and other religiously oppressive countries. Your support will allow us to build a safe community for those ostracized and isolated for their beliefs. They can ban our website, but they can not diminish our resolve to make the world safer for nonbelievers. Please, help the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science reach out to our fellow secularists in Pakistan by contributing $20 [or any amount you are comfortable with and your budget allows for] today!
Free speech, free exchange of ideas, reason and science are much more effective weapons in the fight against terrorism and oppressive, religion-based regimes than soldiers and drones. Support the cause and help save our secularism, thereby making the world a better place for everybody, as I have, by donating to RichardDawkins.net today.
How lucky we are that this guy, Sam Harris, emerges at the same time my “hero” Christopher Hitchens fades away. God’s ways are mysterious, indeed. Radically different personalities, humble and soft spoken versus giant ego, arrogant and even mean at times, they both are/were shining stars in their chosen fields. America needs to listen to this guy and more like him.
Partially from this speech, but also other speeches/debates I’ve seen on YT, I can’t help but feel that he may be flirting a tiny little bit with New Age ideas, Buddhism, and even a bit of Tony Robbins and pop psychology. I haven’t quite figured him out yet, but he is undoubtedly an intellectual
giant of promising stature
If you’re interested in the whos, whats, wheres, whens, hows and whys of your existence, you should absolutely check him out. As soon as I finish the rather boring, formulaic, fictional story of an English archer’s trials and tribulations in France during the Hundred Years’ War I’m currently reading, I will get some of his books and dig deeper in.
Remember, the unexplored life is not worth living.
The proof is in the pudding. NOT! The correct expression is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. “The proof is in the pudding” doesn’t even make sense, not in today’s enlightened world. Pudding has no inherent, truth-revealing qualities, any more than tea leaves or the viscera of a newly slaughtered goat.
By eating the pudding, the qualities of the pudding are revealed to us. It’s science. Scientific method. Investigate, observe, experiment, conclude from evidence and facts. Looking to pudding for proof is superstition. Christopher Hitchens would agree with me.