Questions about Sam’s recommended reading
Posted: 28 October 2012 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Does anyone else find it odd that Sam’s recommended books on philosophy include FOUR books by Wittgenstein? He also has a few other books that postmodernists/relativists love. I wouldn’t think that Sam would like books that directly and indirectly challenge the idea that there is a difference between fact and fiction. Of course, one can appreciate books without necessarily agreeing with the main ideas within them. Sam also recommended “Higher Superstition” by Gross and Levitt which attempts to destroy relativists/postmodernists. I guess I just can’t help but wonder WHY Sam recommends the books that seem so antithetical to science. Anyone have thoughts on this?

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jonathankimmes - 28 October 2012 10:01 AM

Does anyone else find it odd that Sam’s recommended books on philosophy include FOUR books by Wittgenstein? He also has a few other books that postmodernists/relativists love. I wouldn’t think that Sam would like books that directly and indirectly challenge the idea that there is a difference between fact and fiction. Of course, one can appreciate books without necessarily agreeing with the main ideas within them. Sam also recommended “Higher Superstition” by Gross and Levitt which attempts to destroy relativists/postmodernists. I guess I just can’t help but wonder WHY Sam recommends the books that seem so antithetical to science. Anyone have thoughts on this?

Jon


Wittgenstein was horribly wrong. Sam Harris’s philosophy is wrong too. This is why he mistakenly concludes that we don’t have free will.


His bad philosophy is also the cause of his misunderstanding of the morality of lying. When he was a Christian, he learned that all lying is sin. Now he’s an atheist and he still believes that all lying is sin. But that idea is false.


Lying is not bad in and of itself. Its only bad if the reasons for doing it are bad. And its good if the reasons are good. For example, if a kid in school is suffering because of a bully, and if the school doesn’t solve the problem (which is the case in most schools), and if she thinks that lying could prevent her suffering, then lying in that situation is good.

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