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Submitted by hlovy
hlovy (613473) writes "My 7-year-old son, Max, and I co-wrote a review of Richard Dawkins’ children’s book, “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” for Chemical & Engineering News. It was a wonderful collaboration with my son, who is already much brighter than I ever was at that age. I’m very proud of him. Here’s an excerpt:

"Yes, we get it. These myths/stories seem ridiculous, and Dawkins takes the tone he always takes when describing religious stories—a condescending one. Yet to somebody who was raised in religion but also understands science, the mocking tone also mocks culture. It is a difficult thing to describe to those who did not grow up with religion. I can devote my career to writing about science, yet also feel strangely defensive about the stories of my childhood. In his
previous book, “The God Delusion,” Dawkins compared this reaction to our evolutionary need to obey our parents. I do not know if this is true, since I have not obeyed my parents in decades. Nevertheless, I continue to feel possessive about stories I know to be myths simply because they are an important part of the way my parents raised me."

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  • The author of this is myopically in denial. He probably lives in some comfortable, politically and socially moderate suburb. He "[assumes] that anybody other than the most fervent minority actually takes these stories literally." Biblical literalism is alive and well throughout the Western Hemisphere and Africa, and you better believe that most Muslims are literalists about the Quran. Put these factions together, and there are probably more than a billion religious literalists in the world today, and he pre
    • by hlovy (613473)
      Amazed at the assumptions being made about me based on zero knowledge. Is this the scientific method?
      • First, you wrote an article about your opinions and experience. Thus 'zero knowledge' is disingenuous hyperbole.

        Secondly, constructing a hypothesis that explains current knowledge is part of the scientific method, but I am not a scientist, nor do I have to be, as this is not a scientific matter.

        Wake me up when you are able to address the substance of what I said, and not the context in which I said it. I've already done you that much courtesy.

        (Oh, and it's astoundingly hypocritical that you approach m
        • by hlovy (613473)
          You chose to attack me, rather than the ideas, alone, based on assumptions with no basis in fact. Anyway, I ordinarily do not respond to personal attacks, but this one actually made me laugh. Unfortunately, I do not live the comfortable suburban life of your imagination and need to get to work in order to pay the bills. No luxury of time for a useless back-and-forth. Bye.
          • What you said was myopic, and I demonstrated that it was. Whatever assumptions I made about your life are ultimately immaterial and extraneous to the point, but you have made no counterargument, which is unsurprising since you can't argue away a billion or more people.

            My point about your heritage is actually a summary of a very commonly held conclusion among sociologists, and is frequently acknowledged by Jews themselves, who style themselves as "Jewish atheists" or "cultural Jews". The fact that you some
            • by hlovy (613473)
              Even funnier. Haven't been with Arrowhead in a number of years. I don't live in Pasadena (and never had, even during the brief time I was with Arrowhead). Funny thing, this Google. Anyway, thanks for some comedy relief for today with your huffing and sputtering. Back to work.
            • by hlovy (613473)
              I promise, last post. but this was even funnier, Sherlock. Haven't been with Arrowhead in a number of years. I don't live in Pasadena (and never had, even during the brief time I was with Arrowhead). Funny thing, this Google. Anyway, thanks for some comedy relief for today with your huffing and sputtering. Back to work.

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