A Friend Reviews Christopher Hitchens

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thrice
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A Friend Reviews Christopher Hitchens

Post by thrice » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:02 am

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/ap ... hens-world

Fascinatingly written profile of famous and highly intelligent atheist militant Christopher Hitchens by a longtime associate.

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Post by dorajar » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:54 am

I like these quotes:

"This has always been the central absurdity of 'moral', as opposed to 'political' censorship: If the stuff does indeed have a tendency to deprave and corrupt, why then the most depraved and corrupt person must be the censor who keeps a vigilant eye on it." (Kind of explains the tendency for everyone obsessed with homosexuality or pedophilia to turn out to be homosexuals or pedophiles).

On gay marriage: "This is an argument about the socialisation of homosexuality, not the homosexualisation of society. It demonstrates the spread of conservatism, not radicalism, among gays."

I also agree with this:
The atheistic position merits an adjective that no one would dream of applying to you: it is lenten. And agnosticism, I respectfully suggest, is a slightly more logical and decorous response to our situation – to the indecipherable grandeur of what is now being (hesitantly) called the multiverse. The science of cosmology is an awesome construct, while remaining embarrassingly incomplete and approximate; and over the last 30 years it has garnered little but a series of humiliations. So when I hear a man declare himself to be an atheist, I sometimes think of the enterprising termite who, while continuing to go about his tasks, declares himself to be an individualist. It cannot be altogether frivolous or wishful to talk of a "higher intelligence" – because the cosmos is itself a higher intelligence, in the simple sense that we do not and cannot understand it.

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