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  •  Christopher, you magnificent bastard ... (10+ / 0-)

    ... his 'God is not great' book I think, is better than Bertrand Russel's 'Why I am not a Christian'...

    .. Incredible writings on religion... he came down waay more softly on Mother Theresa recently, too.

    Yeah, I know about the Iraq thing, the misogyny, his views on 1492.  

     I've spent hours on Youtube, watching him slice up his enemies...

    Somehow, he reminded me of Citizen Kane, "I sympathize with you. Charles Foster Kane is a scoundrel. His paper should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him. You may, if you can form such a committee, put me down for a contribution of one thousand dollars."

    Completely full of himself, arrogant, pompus, and usually right.  

    "If the Nuremberg laws were applied, every post WWII US President would have been hanged." =Chomsky

    by abenjaminc on Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 10:22:48 PM PST

    •  Seriously? (2+ / 0-)
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      You go with "magnificent bastard" and not once do you say "I read your book!"  For shame.

      A quant and damned proud of it.

      by Cera on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 01:12:17 AM PST

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    •  not a universal view (0+ / 0-)

      about him being usually right, and I can't join in with folks who praise him for "slicing up his enemies." I enjoy wit, even biting wit, but too often he devolved into downright nastiness without cause, and  yes he clearly thought himself the smartest person in the room, building, city, country, and planet.

      Obviously anyone is more than the sum of their public persona or even their public writings. I'm sure he had friends and family he loved, and who loved him, people he did right by or helped out, and obviously he was right about some things. I'm as sad for his death as any, because being a fellow non-believer, I think death means annihilation, and that's always a loss.

      But I find it hard to celebrate him given the negativity and arrogance that even his supporters clearly recognize ruled his life. I doubt certainty about most things in myself. I truly believe the more you know, the more you realize you don't know jack.

      Instead of his clear certainty of no afterlife or religion, I have a muddled "probably" view of those things not existing a recognition of inadequacy combined with application of what logic I can muster.

      I find his moral certainty as unappealing as those who are uber-religious.

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