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Well, why DOES Sam Harris matter?

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Readers will recall Sam Harris, an atheist who tried thinking for himself and ended up on the dark internet with Jordan Peterson. A meltdown is happening among materialist atheists, mainly over progressivism, and some of the fallout is quite revealing. From Samuel Buntz at The Federalist:

Atheists are divided against each other. This is not surprising when you consider that a negative principle like “God does not exist” fails to provide a unifying force or center of meaning capable of organizing one’s life.

Yet, after more than a decade of New Atheist polemics, it is clear that Harris is the only New Atheist who still matters. He just wrapped up a blockbuster series of debates with Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, the ripped audio of which is now the toast of YouTube. His podcast, “Waking Up,” far out-strips any media venture Dawkins or even Hitchens launched in terms of its audience and impact. Why this ongoing influence? What has made Harris persist?

Possibly because enraging progressives isn’t yet lethal? Because he thinks that facts matter?

The true fault-line in our culture runs between those who believe that there is such a thing as truth and those who believe that there are only expedient lies. Defeating these lies requires constant mental exertion, which, paraphrasing John Milton, helps extend the dominion of light into the realm of chaos and non-being. More.

The true fault-line in our culture runs between those who believe that there is such a thing as truth and those who believe that there are only expedient lies. Frame that, people. We are going to need it.

See also: Progressives eating their own (Barry Arrington)

Sam Harris on taboo topics, Jordan Peterson, and getting sent to PC hell

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Shambolic atheist community faces some tough choices

2 Replies to “Well, why DOES Sam Harris matter?

  1. 1

    “A meltdown is happening among materialist atheists…”

    I enjoying this moment.

  2. 2
    Silver Asiatic says:

    Harris’ major error lies in being pointlessly antagonistic to moderate religious people.

    His biggest error is being an atheist.

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