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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hitler’s Rabbi

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1 comment:

  1. Sebastian, London, UK.

    What is it they say about 'playing the man rather than the ball'. I fear that Mr Dawkins and yourself have both fallen into the same trap. What say you to the idea of raising the level of the debate again?

    I'll put my cards on the table, I'm an empiricist. I base my sense of reality on what can be ascertained by careful investigation. The last two words are extremely important.

    I'll give an example. Archaeologists used to puzzle over why cave paintings in South Africa shared were very similar to those in Spain and France. Populations who had no contact were observing and painting dots, hands and animals in surprisingly similar ways.

    Then someone pointed out: "Well what if they were stoned when they painted? Those dots are what you see when you use a hallucinogenic drug." It's highly probably that these primitive cultures were attributing spiritual significance to the effect of drugs. Many cultures did: South and North American indians ate peyote cactus, South Africans a Psilocybe mushroom, and Siberians based a religion around experiences eating Amanita muscaria mushrooms.

    So what has that got to do with science, or religion for that matter? Be careful always believing what your senses tell you. That was their error, and that is sometimes an error in science and it is the error of all religions.

    All the best.


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