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    Unsurprisingly, anti-religion activist Richard Dawkins, the author of the famous 1976 book The Selfish Gene, has been deplatformed in Berkeley for mean tweets about Islam: Jerry Coyne has more.
  • Those guys would have probably been much too young to remember the shooting of JFK 17 years earlier, or the first episode of Dr. Who, which was on the same day.

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  • @ityrone
    Of course worth noting that there have been continuous efforts to deplatform (some of which succeeded) Noam Chomsky. There was a time not long ago that Chomsky had to have strong police protection to actually give a talk at a university. This only declined around 10 years ago.

    Obviously this was ignored without any outrage by the regular pundits, and it remains unknown to almost everyone. Only until recently that students started protesting Republican invitations we see this outrage.

    Even today, trying to have a pro-Palestine speaker invited, gets you a lot of backlash that of course doesn't get reported because it doesn't fit the conservative outrage narrative.

    Not that I am defending any of this, but I think this double standard is pretty telling at where American politics is.

    Chomsky was recently had an NYT oped, but my guesstimate is that was the first time in several years.

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  • @Faraday's Bobcat
    Use of the word "deplatforming" could be inappropriate here.

    A radio station can invite or disinvite whoever it wants for whatever reason, without it violating anyone's rights.

    This is different from the university protests, where someone invited by a legitimate group inside a public university gets disinvited by someone else inside a public university. In other words, the College Democrats can invite Noam Chomsky, but the College Republicans can't invite Ann Coulter. That violates the Republicans' rights.

    Of course worth noting that there have been continuous efforts to deplatform (some of which succeeded) Noam Chomsky. There was a time not long ago that Chomsky had to have strong police protection to actually give a talk at a university. This only declined around 10 years ago.

    Obviously this was ignored without any outrage by the regular pundits, and it remains unknown to almost everyone. Only until recently that students started protesting Republican invitations we see this outrage.

    Even today, trying to have a pro-Palestine speaker invited, gets you a lot of backlash that of course doesn’t get reported because it doesn’t fit the conservative outrage narrative.

    Not that I am defending any of this, but I think this double standard is pretty telling at where American politics is.

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    Chomsky was recently had an NYT oped, but my guesstimate is that was the first time in several years.
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  • @anonguy

    There is a lot of predictive gold in that idea–including, I suspect, the genetic development of intelligence.
     
    Here is a more interesting thought - the genetic development of the ability to have culture and how the increasing ability to form culture is a way of placing selective stresses on the group, thereby speeding up selection/evolution.

    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.

    There is a reason why menopause only occurs in a very few species.

    Interesting idea that may be testable.

    SNP frequency in modern man versus similar results in medieval man.

    I think you are probably right.

    And I think your theory may explain higher average IQ in Ashkenazi.

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  • @CCZ

    "We do not support abusive speech."
     
    Which is worse, "abusive speech" or "hate speech?" I need to know which one to use first.

    We do not support wrong-think.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @res
    Indeed. How about as a new metric: have you burned/censored/etc. more books than you have read?

    A few years ago I took a temp job doing data conversion (they were still on VAX/VMS in 2012) for a company I had never heard of with offices in an old, but well kept 1920s era office building. It turned out that they were owners of two or three small chains of “Christian” (read: fundamentalist evangelical, and mostly of the premillennial dispensationalist bent-i.e., God-damned rapture bunnies) bookstores.

    I was interested to come across some unusual chargeoffs and associated expenses, such as payments to industrial shredding services, so I asked. Turns out that every once in a while, they will have some author or Christian contemporary music artist that will either head off the reservation theologically or get caught in a scandal (usually sex). In some cases, if the failing isn’t too big, they will just stop carrying that author, and maybe discount the books to move them, but offtimes the affront is too severe and they will throw the offending merchandise in bins and have it shredded. Apparently Christian publishers will make good on it in some cases, and in some cases they just take the chargeoff.

    I can’t recall the specific artists and authors at the time (except Ted Haggard, who was old news even then) but I understand Hank Hannegraaf (“The Bible Answer Man”) is a current example. His offense was to join the Orthodox church.

    So, the ‘Christian media’ are bookburners (or more accurately shredders) of the first order. Somehow I don’t think Islam has this problem in this context.

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  • @flyingtiger
    To think that he is married to one of the Lady Romanas. Can't the time lords help?

    Britain’s highest profile atheist Richard Dawkins announces end of his 24-year marriage to Dr Who actress Lalla Ward

    By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
    Published: 06:33 EDT, 17 July 2016 | Updated: 18:15 EDT, 17 July 2016

    The UK’s highest profile atheist Richard Dawkins and his actress wife Lalla Ward have confirmed they have separated after 24 years of marriage.

    Professor Dawkins, who suffered a minor stroke earlier this year, and the 65-year-old former Dr Who star said their split was ‘amicable’.

    The pair, who were unable to have children, are understood to be still living at their £3million home in Oxford, where Miss Ward has illustrated some of her husband’s work – and ‘remain friends’.

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  • @Prof. Woland
    If the bible were written today, how would it differ from the one that was written 3,000-2,000 years ago? A lot of the metaphysical stuff might have to be updated but the interpersonal and human nature parts are still as relevant as they were when they were written. The questions we still have are the ones we will never be able to answer by science but the ones we can answer were already known when the bible was written.

    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/215855-if-the-holy-bible-was-printed-as-an-ace-double

    “If the Holy Bible was printed as an Ace Double it would be cut down to two 20,000-word halves with the Old Testament retitled as ‘Master of Chaos’ and the New Testament as ‘The Thing With Three Souls.”

    ― Terry Carr

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  • @flyingtiger
    To think that he is married to one of the Lady Romanas. Can't the time lords help?

    I think they split up. After she regenerated in the form of an Islamic scholar.

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  • @Captain Tripps

    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can’t point to the US on a world map etc.
     
    Agree. They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn't tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help). Every culture/ethny has their own very large set of ignorant/uninformed, but the elite point outside the culture to deflect criticism of their own bad stewardship. This phenomenon is not unique to the British; I encountered it among every country I visited while in Europe; they all love to point to the "Ugly Ignorant American" stereotype while ignoring the violent/ignorant underclass of their own nations.

    Agree. They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn’t tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help).

    Although a lot of them revel in that too, the only thing that lets them unleash their inner snob is sneering at other (bad)whites foreign or domestic. They literally cannot acknowledge anything wrong with non-whites at all.

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  • @res


    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.
     
    This is a throw away statement requiring a lot of evidence before it can be the assumption that it clearly is.
     
    Recent acceleration of human adaptive evolution
    http://www.pnas.org/content/104/52/20753.full

    Thank you!

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  • @Steve Sailer
    ‘Suggest always put Islamic “scholar” in quotes, to avoid insulting true scholars. True scholars have read more than one book.’

    Ouch

    Indeed. How about as a new metric: have you burned/censored/etc. more books than you have read?

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    A few years ago I took a temp job doing data conversion (they were still on VAX/VMS in 2012) for a company I had never heard of with offices in an old, but well kept 1920s era office building. It turned out that they were owners of two or three small chains of "Christian" (read: fundamentalist evangelical, and mostly of the premillennial dispensationalist bent-i.e., God-damned rapture bunnies) bookstores.

    I was interested to come across some unusual chargeoffs and associated expenses, such as payments to industrial shredding services, so I asked. Turns out that every once in a while, they will have some author or Christian contemporary music artist that will either head off the reservation theologically or get caught in a scandal (usually sex). In some cases, if the failing isn't too big, they will just stop carrying that author, and maybe discount the books to move them, but offtimes the affront is too severe and they will throw the offending merchandise in bins and have it shredded. Apparently Christian publishers will make good on it in some cases, and in some cases they just take the chargeoff.

    I can't recall the specific artists and authors at the time (except Ted Haggard, who was old news even then) but I understand Hank Hannegraaf ("The Bible Answer Man") is a current example. His offense was to join the Orthodox church.

    So, the 'Christian media' are bookburners (or more accurately shredders) of the first order. Somehow I don't think Islam has this problem in this context.
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  • AM says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Dakwins (and others) has made himself famous telling people what it is they want to hear. They don’t want to hear that sacrifice in humans involves rising above their biology.
     
    Au contraire, mon ami, I think Dawkins has said numerous times that humans can and must rise above their biology.

    When asked if Darwinism informs his everyday apprehension of life, Dawkins says, "in one way it does. My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans. That's never far from my thoughts, that sense of amazement. On the other hand I certainly don't allow Darwinism to influence my feelings about human social life," implying that he feels that individual human beings can opt out of the survival machine of Darwinism since they are freed by the consciousness of self.

    [Wikipedia]

    Au contraire, mon ami, I think Dawkins has said numerous times that humans can and must rise above their biology.

    If religion is stupid, by what means and what motivation do I have to rise above my biology? Dawkin’s awe at being alive is not helpful when a child dies, or I’m struggling with addiction, or I need to let go of a grudge.

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  • @Anonymous

    Religious belief is correlated with low IQ:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/religious-people-are-less-intelligent-than-atheists-according-to-analysis-of-scores-of-scientific-8758046.html
     

    Within 15 years China (a top highest IQ country) will be the the most Christian country. As the high-IQed elites of Europe continue full-speed ahead with decimation of their lands and the plummeting of IQ levels there.

    Right but how many Muslims will there be in China in 15 years? According to the 2010 census, there were 23 million Chinese Muslims.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_China

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  • @Steve Sailer
    They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn’t tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help).

    I rode on a train in Italy in 1980 with a couple of English hooligans on their way to a much anticipated soccer riot in Turin. They had never heard of Houston. But when I mentioned Dallas they immediately shouted "Who shot JR?"

    Since this must have been late in 1980, in the fall soccer season, at the time the whole world was asking who shot JR. Those guys would have probably been much too young to remember the shooting of JFK 17 years earlier, or the first episode of Dr. Who, which was on the same day.

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  • @Anonymous
    The great thing about this new statement is that it actually gives links to several rather brutal Dawkins tweets. I'll link them directly in case the station "wises up":

    https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/307366714105032704
    Dawkins here says "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". What is the official goodthinker view on this? Is Trump the greatest force for evil? Is everyone equally a force for evil? Are we just not supposed to use the word "evil"? Are we supposed be unaware that the concept "evil" exists? Or is it just that all cishet white men are equally the greatest force for evil?

    https://twitter.com/richarddawkins/status/492729120418430976
    'Suggest always put Islamic "scholar" in quotes, to avoid insulting true scholars. True scholars have read more than one book.' Brutal. Dawkins hurls a lot of juvenile insults at Christians, but he seems perfectly aware that even the most ludicrous "young earth creationists" read books.

    https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/645555802636464129
    Dawkins blasts "clock boy".

    ‘Suggest always put Islamic “scholar” in quotes, to avoid insulting true scholars. True scholars have read more than one book.’

    Ouch

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Melendwyr
    There's a new statement released today: statement

    There are currently eleven comments to the new statement, and they're quite negative.

    The great thing about this new statement is that it actually gives links to several rather brutal Dawkins tweets. I’ll link them directly in case the station “wises up”:

    Dawkins here says “Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today”. What is the official goodthinker view on this? Is Trump the greatest force for evil? Is everyone equally a force for evil? Are we just not supposed to use the word “evil”? Are we supposed be unaware that the concept “evil” exists? Or is it just that all cishet white men are equally the greatest force for evil?

    ‘Suggest always put Islamic “scholar” in quotes, to avoid insulting true scholars. True scholars have read more than one book.’ Brutal. Dawkins hurls a lot of juvenile insults at Christians, but he seems perfectly aware that even the most ludicrous “young earth creationists” read books.

    Dawkins blasts “clock boy”.

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    ‘Suggest always put Islamic “scholar” in quotes, to avoid insulting true scholars. True scholars have read more than one book.’

    Ouch

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  • @Anonymous
    I think we are living in a time when it is more important to embrace anyone who is willing to chastise the orthodoxy of our enemies than it is to certify the orthodoxy of our allies.

    This is an excellent observation, even if I sometimes forget it myself.

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  • @Melendwyr
    There's a new statement released today: statement

    There are currently eleven comments to the new statement, and they're quite negative.

    I just read through them all… as of right now there seems to be literally one commentator supporting the station. But even he’s not really supporting them so much as trying to excuse their behavior because he thinks they are otherwise valuable as a non-corporatist voice.

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  • @Jonathan Mason
    Here's the thing about Dawkins.

    I argued in a public health paper that I wrote many years ago that the black single mother on public assistance with eight children by different fathers by the age of 25 was arguably much more successful than the married mother of two who delayed pregnancy until she had a master's degree in public health and was married and financially solid in her 30s IF you defined success in evolutionary and Dawkinsian terms, because it was very likely that more of her genes would be extant in future generations.

    Naturally my instructors were shocked at such a notion, so it may be that the ideas propagated by Dawkins are not quite as widely understood as many readers of unz.com might think.

    If people want to promote the primacy of their own race for the future, then the first thing they need to do is to sacrifice their own ambitions and financial security and go out reproduce like hell.

    However, I believe that Dawkins would argue that humans have the ability to choose for themselves criteria other than reproductive success which may also include moral considerations.

    “I believe that Dawkins would argue that humans have the ability to choose for themselves criteria other than reproductive success”

    Out of one side of his mouth. The other side would tell you that human organisms–which are merely machines made by genes for the purpose of creating more genes–put up a smokescreen when they appear to choose some other than reproductive success. They’re *really* just promoting genes’ selfishness, somehow.

    Of course, that’s a dumbed down version of the real scientific explanation. Which is only for special eggheads to understand. The most you’re allowed to know is you’re right superficially, but it’s an illusion. The whole bio-sphere is a shadowy with Original Sin…err, I mean gene selfishness, underneath.

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  • @Eustace Tilley (not)
    "Hate speech leads to gas chambers." True...

    Here are some other things that "lead to gas chambers": The Big Bang, the origin of living cells, multicellular life, the evolution of vertebrates, the opposable thumb, large crania, writing, democratic politics, inorganic chemistry, metallurgy, and radio.

    What was your point again?

    I agree. May I humbly add: The cinema, operas, symphonies, photography, literature, ways (in general), the weather, sports, child’s play, mountains, nature, the universe, civilization, economy, religion, song and dance, hammers, cake slicers, earth, wind and fire. Fire and rain. Drizzling rain. Spray. Good thoughts. Bad thoughts, too. Reproduction. Kids. Life (in general). Death.

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  • @Eustace Tilley (not)
    "Hate speech leads to gas chambers." True...

    Here are some other things that "lead to gas chambers": The Big Bang, the origin of living cells, multicellular life, the evolution of vertebrates, the opposable thumb, large crania, writing, democratic politics, inorganic chemistry, metallurgy, and radio.

    What was your point again?

    “What was your point again?”

    Satire.

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  • @Captain Tripps

    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can’t point to the US on a world map etc.
     
    Agree. They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn't tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help). Every culture/ethny has their own very large set of ignorant/uninformed, but the elite point outside the culture to deflect criticism of their own bad stewardship. This phenomenon is not unique to the British; I encountered it among every country I visited while in Europe; they all love to point to the "Ugly Ignorant American" stereotype while ignoring the violent/ignorant underclass of their own nations.

    They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn’t tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help).

    I rode on a train in Italy in 1980 with a couple of English hooligans on their way to a much anticipated soccer riot in Turin. They had never heard of Houston. But when I mentioned Dallas they immediately shouted “Who shot JR?”

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    Since this must have been late in 1980, in the fall soccer season, at the time the whole world was asking who shot JR. Those guys would have probably been much too young to remember the shooting of JFK 17 years earlier, or the first episode of Dr. Who, which was on the same day.
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  • To think that he is married to one of the Lady Romanas. Can’t the time lords help?

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    I think they split up. After she regenerated in the form of an Islamic scholar.
    , @MEH 0910

    Britain's highest profile atheist Richard Dawkins announces end of his 24-year marriage to Dr Who actress Lalla Ward

    By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
    Published: 06:33 EDT, 17 July 2016 | Updated: 18:15 EDT, 17 July 2016

    The UK's highest profile atheist Richard Dawkins and his actress wife Lalla Ward have confirmed they have separated after 24 years of marriage.

    Professor Dawkins, who suffered a minor stroke earlier this year, and the 65-year-old former Dr Who star said their split was 'amicable'.

    The pair, who were unable to have children, are understood to be still living at their £3million home in Oxford, where Miss Ward has illustrated some of her husband’s work - and 'remain friends'.

     

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  • @ben tillman
    The "extended phenotype" concept is as important as it gets.

    Yes it is but what Dawkins misses about religion is that Christendom, flaws and all, is an expression of the white European extended phenotype, just as Talmudic Judaism is for much of the Jewish race, Political Islam is for the Arab/Pakistani, Confucianism/Buddhism is for East Asian…..

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    They wrote a press release informing the public of the cancelation of the event here: https://kpfa.org/event/richard-dawkins-2/

    I noticed that since I went there yesterday, it has been removed. (Comments were 95% negative).

    There’s a new statement released today: statement

    There are currently eleven comments to the new statement, and they’re quite negative.

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    I just read through them all... as of right now there seems to be literally one commentator supporting the station. But even he's not really supporting them so much as trying to excuse their behavior because he thinks they are otherwise valuable as a non-corporatist voice.
    , @Anonymous
    The great thing about this new statement is that it actually gives links to several rather brutal Dawkins tweets. I'll link them directly in case the station "wises up":

    https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/307366714105032704
    Dawkins here says "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". What is the official goodthinker view on this? Is Trump the greatest force for evil? Is everyone equally a force for evil? Are we just not supposed to use the word "evil"? Are we supposed be unaware that the concept "evil" exists? Or is it just that all cishet white men are equally the greatest force for evil?

    https://twitter.com/richarddawkins/status/492729120418430976
    'Suggest always put Islamic "scholar" in quotes, to avoid insulting true scholars. True scholars have read more than one book.' Brutal. Dawkins hurls a lot of juvenile insults at Christians, but he seems perfectly aware that even the most ludicrous "young earth creationists" read books.

    https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/645555802636464129
    Dawkins blasts "clock boy".
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  • @kihowi
    This is funny because a huge proportion of Dawkins' followers are Muslims.

    Atheism is based on the downright autistic idea that technical facts matter, socially. That the presence or absence of a supreme being or whatever theological details is going to affect how normal people behave.

    Religion has to do with dirty, nasty, gut-reality and terms like "allegiance" and "tribe".

    As everywhere, only actions count. Nobody cares about your carefully constructed worldview that adroitly dodges inconsistencies and has a neat answer for every attack.

    If, as most modern atheists, you spend your time ridiculing Christianity but have nothing but the most profound reference and respect, in word and deed, for Islam, you are now a Muslim. At that point you have chosen your tribe, you've settled who "us" and "they" are. You might not put a burqa on your girlfriend or read the koran, but those are details. Your great-grandchildren will. The big hurdle has already been taken.

    Muslims themselves understand this instinctively. Dumb atheists do not.

    The newsstand owner tried to talk me into reading the Koran just this morning when he found out I was an atheist…

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  • @Anonymous
    But perhaps there is rationality to all this.

    Critics of Islam regularly get beheaded etc.
    Who wants to bring that upon themselves?

    It really is that simple. In any group of Muslims there are ones who act responsibly but they are a minority.

    The rest are the most easily offended group I’ve ever seen.

    And they don’t stop at mere words. They follow their “prophet” and engage in sanctioned violence, including killing.

    Everyone panders to them because they don’t want to be killed, to have go into hiding, to have their businesses wrecked.

    They’ve got it down pat in 1400 years of experience: violence works.

    Muslims who try to rein in the extremists in are putting their own lives at risk.

    Our leaders and “intellectuals” are on the first step of dhimmi status. They treat them with more respect than any other group.

    Is this not the first step in complete surrender?

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  • AM says:
    @Olorin
    You're shadowboxing again.

    I don't think "Christianity is stupid."

    I think that at least 85% of Christians distribute at levels of intelligence that render their ideas, and applications even of others' better ideas, stupid.

    That's not ego, that's arithmetic.

    Of the remaining 15%, they do stupid things like mass import Somalis into Minneapolis and give them college degrees and important jobs in the community...then get all surprised when one of them shoots an innocent woman in the face "because he heard a noise."

    Or are surprised when the press conference firing the AA-hire police chief is interrupted by very low IQ people screaming slogans.

    Or make $300K a year conducting white genocide...but claiming it's god's or Jesus's divine will.

    You are the one grounded in concepts like "ego." I'm simply observing behavioral traits and their frequencies. When only the top few percent of people can calculate the total price of carpet for a room when both the carpet price and room size are known quantities, a lot of stupid is going to be afoot.

    Go with your god, but till you can discuss Hamilton, Williams, and Hajnal from a mathematical perspective, what you have to say is professions of faith. Enjoy them; my ancestors shed blood for your right to do so in the republic they bequeathed to their descendants.

    PS--

    http://kybele.psych.cornell.edu/~edelman/Psych-2140/Gottfredson04-NALS.jpg

    I think that at least 85% of Christians distribute at levels of intelligence that render their ideas, and applications even of others’ better ideas, stupid.

    Atheists are the same, usually of midwit quality, except they can’t keep their egos in check, usually.

    Go with your god, but till you can discuss Hamilton, Williams, and Hajnal from a mathematical perspective, what you have to say is professions of faith. Enjoy them; my ancestors shed blood for your right to do so in the republic they bequeathed to their descendants.

    Christianity brought you higher math. It brought everything you see today in the West. It wasn’t pagans and it’s wasn’t the “magic” of white DNA, which you can see is not quite so magical when people start to admire the person in the mirror and/or chase their libidos. Your Christian ancestors did not shed their blood so their great-great grandson can sit around assuming they were maroons. What an insult.

    And yeah, we can talk math if really want. I have a Geology degree with honors, almost double majored in Math because I thought Calculus 3 was easy and fun, ditto with college level Number Theory. Stopped because the Stats class was too much work. I taught myself enough accounting to get an Enrolled Agent status with the IRS to do complex individual taxes.

    If you want me to be impressed because “math”, I’m not. I can tell when people are pulling stats out of the hind ends and when it’s at least got some basis in reality.

    I’m simply observing behavioral traits and their frequencies. When only the top few percent of people can calculate the total price of carpet for a room when both the carpet price and room size are known quantities, a lot of stupid is going to be afoot.

    Except you can’t see the same “special needs” qualities in yourself. The people who are most likely to go stoopid on you are the ones with some brains who never bother to improve them other than to look around for the express purpose of confirming how smart they really are.

    Christianity sits on towering heights of intellectualism. That you can’t be bothered to even pick up the simplest of apologetics that refutes atheism is pretty telling. It’s more fun to LARP and pretend that Dawkins is really highbrow stuff (don’t forget the George Carlin quotes.)

    So go ahead, pull up more stats showing how dumb everyone is. I’ve found one more body to add to the pile, except he had the potential to get out of the starting gates. But he’s rather more content to look in the mirror at this point.

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  • Here’s the thing about Dawkins.

    I argued in a public health paper that I wrote many years ago that the black single mother on public assistance with eight children by different fathers by the age of 25 was arguably much more successful than the married mother of two who delayed pregnancy until she had a master’s degree in public health and was married and financially solid in her 30s IF you defined success in evolutionary and Dawkinsian terms, because it was very likely that more of her genes would be extant in future generations.

    Naturally my instructors were shocked at such a notion, so it may be that the ideas propagated by Dawkins are not quite as widely understood as many readers of unz.com might think.

    If people want to promote the primacy of their own race for the future, then the first thing they need to do is to sacrifice their own ambitions and financial security and go out reproduce like hell.

    However, I believe that Dawkins would argue that humans have the ability to choose for themselves criteria other than reproductive success which may also include moral considerations.

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    "I believe that Dawkins would argue that humans have the ability to choose for themselves criteria other than reproductive success"

    Out of one side of his mouth. The other side would tell you that human organisms--which are merely machines made by genes for the purpose of creating more genes--put up a smokescreen when they appear to choose some other than reproductive success. They're *really* just promoting genes' selfishness, somehow.

    Of course, that's a dumbed down version of the real scientific explanation. Which is only for special eggheads to understand. The most you're allowed to know is you're right superficially, but it's an illusion. The whole bio-sphere is a shadowy with Original Sin...err, I mean gene selfishness, underneath.
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  • @anon
    it's been argued that the ancients were significantly SMARTER than us: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/cc63/c5e0bb322baa850f362b38be6c7835a483ce.pdf

    What’s interesting is, that Crabtree doesn’t make the usual error, thinking (assuming) that we are a lot smarter than those before us, because, you know, we know so much more than they do…

    His mistrust in the biological path we’re all on seems a bit curious, though.

    If I leave all else aside and walk into the replica of the Chauvet-cave, I feel very close to those living in the ice age.

    And if I read – Aristotle, say, I have the feeling of a contemporary. Even more so in the case of Petronius or Augustine.

    Crabtree’s interpretation of Diamonds writings is a bit off. Diamond looks at the spectrum of abilities of nowadays’ hunter and gatherer and concludes, that in the long run, they might survive, and we might not. He does not really trust civilization.
    (He does not speak about intelligence of the hunter and gatherer at all in this context, if I remember right).

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  • @AM

    He is a man of the West.
     
    Dawkins is a man of the West because he's polite, wants people to think like he does, and not totally off the rails crazy. Okay.

    What he did with his life is make money encouraging people like Olorin (and possibly you) to think that Christianity is stupid. Thus noone has anyone has any idea of the depth of Christianity's intellectual traditions, perhaps the greatest the world has ever seen.

    Dawkin's children are SJWs. He and countless people like him are why the West is nihilistic and unable to form even the simplest intellectual objection to being colonized by Islam, because they can't form the simplest of intellectual objections, period.

    They read a modern translation of an ancient set of books, intended for a class of men who understood it's context and history, and think "Yeah, I've nailed it. I know Christianity." Well, no, they don't know. They don't anything. We're just egos on steroids and Dawkins is just fuel for the fire.

    You’re shadowboxing again.

    I don’t think “Christianity is stupid.”

    I think that at least 85% of Christians distribute at levels of intelligence that render their ideas, and applications even of others’ better ideas, stupid.

    That’s not ego, that’s arithmetic.

    Of the remaining 15%, they do stupid things like mass import Somalis into Minneapolis and give them college degrees and important jobs in the community…then get all surprised when one of them shoots an innocent woman in the face “because he heard a noise.”

    Or are surprised when the press conference firing the AA-hire police chief is interrupted by very low IQ people screaming slogans.

    Or make $300K a year conducting white genocide…but claiming it’s god’s or Jesus’s divine will.

    You are the one grounded in concepts like “ego.” I’m simply observing behavioral traits and their frequencies. When only the top few percent of people can calculate the total price of carpet for a room when both the carpet price and room size are known quantities, a lot of stupid is going to be afoot.

    Go with your god, but till you can discuss Hamilton, Williams, and Hajnal from a mathematical perspective, what you have to say is professions of faith. Enjoy them; my ancestors shed blood for your right to do so in the republic they bequeathed to their descendants.

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    I think that at least 85% of Christians distribute at levels of intelligence that render their ideas, and applications even of others’ better ideas, stupid.
     
    Atheists are the same, usually of midwit quality, except they can't keep their egos in check, usually.

    Go with your god, but till you can discuss Hamilton, Williams, and Hajnal from a mathematical perspective, what you have to say is professions of faith. Enjoy them; my ancestors shed blood for your right to do so in the republic they bequeathed to their descendants.
     
    Christianity brought you higher math. It brought everything you see today in the West. It wasn't pagans and it's wasn't the "magic" of white DNA, which you can see is not quite so magical when people start to admire the person in the mirror and/or chase their libidos. Your Christian ancestors did not shed their blood so their great-great grandson can sit around assuming they were maroons. What an insult.

    And yeah, we can talk math if really want. I have a Geology degree with honors, almost double majored in Math because I thought Calculus 3 was easy and fun, ditto with college level Number Theory. Stopped because the Stats class was too much work. I taught myself enough accounting to get an Enrolled Agent status with the IRS to do complex individual taxes.


    If you want me to be impressed because "math", I'm not. I can tell when people are pulling stats out of the hind ends and when it's at least got some basis in reality.


    I’m simply observing behavioral traits and their frequencies. When only the top few percent of people can calculate the total price of carpet for a room when both the carpet price and room size are known quantities, a lot of stupid is going to be afoot.
     
    Except you can't see the same "special needs" qualities in yourself. The people who are most likely to go stoopid on you are the ones with some brains who never bother to improve them other than to look around for the express purpose of confirming how smart they really are.

    Christianity sits on towering heights of intellectualism. That you can't be bothered to even pick up the simplest of apologetics that refutes atheism is pretty telling. It's more fun to LARP and pretend that Dawkins is really highbrow stuff (don't forget the George Carlin quotes.)

    So go ahead, pull up more stats showing how dumb everyone is. I've found one more body to add to the pile, except he had the potential to get out of the starting gates. But he's rather more content to look in the mirror at this point.

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  • @RobertTaylor
    Leftwing professors like Dawkins were silent for decades as libertarians, conservatives and other dissident voices were shut down.

    Now, the chickens are coming home to roost.

    I agree. I love, LOVE seeing lefties getting the same treatment they have been meting out to the Right for decades. Enjoying it NOW, you bastards?

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  • res says:
    @Autochthon
    I have yet to understand meme to be anything but a silly, made-up word that is no more than an extraneous synonym for idea.

    I'm happy to be disabused by any reader here, if it be possible.

    Your description is all too apt, but I think there is a meaning that goes beyond that.

    This seems like a decent start from the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

    Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influences a meme’s reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts.

    I think “meme” is useful as a way of talking about the spread of ideas.

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  • res says:
    @AM

    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.
     
    This is a throw away statement requiring a lot of evidence before it can be the assumption that it clearly is.

    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.

    This is a throw away statement requiring a lot of evidence before it can be the assumption that it clearly is.

    Recent acceleration of human adaptive evolution

    http://www.pnas.org/content/104/52/20753.full

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  • @anonguy

    There is a lot of predictive gold in that idea–including, I suspect, the genetic development of intelligence.
     
    Here is a more interesting thought - the genetic development of the ability to have culture and how the increasing ability to form culture is a way of placing selective stresses on the group, thereby speeding up selection/evolution.

    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.

    There is a reason why menopause only occurs in a very few species.

    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.

    This is a throw away statement requiring a lot of evidence before it can be the assumption that it clearly is.

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    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.
     
    This is a throw away statement requiring a lot of evidence before it can be the assumption that it clearly is.
     
    Recent acceleration of human adaptive evolution
    http://www.pnas.org/content/104/52/20753.full
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  • @reiner Tor
    Same thing among Hungarians. Unfortunately, among both bad- and goodwhite Hungarians.

    I suspect the same applies among US goodwhites as well.

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  • @Anon
    (As much as he despises Christianity, he forthrightly grants that it is FAR better than Islam. That’s honest.)

    It is better why? Because it's grown weak and decadent and cannot even defend true marriage from the homo mafia.
    At least in defending core faith and values, Islam has proven itself to be far better than wussy Christianity that, without alliance with military caste, has proven to be weak and wimpy.

    Also, Dawkins is so full of BS. He attacks Jewish religion and culture, but he attacks 'antisemitism'. But following his logic, Jews should give up their identity since it is tribal, irrational, and atavistic. Indeed, one could argue that a people insisting on their Jewishness is a form of arrogance, exclusionism, and supremacism based on special covenant with a fictional deity.

    Worse, doesn't Dawkins see that Diversity and Homomania are now worshiped as quasi-religions and have their own mindless sacraments and blind taboos?

    But then, Dawkins is so religious about his cocksure know-it-all rationality when he's just a sneering snobby jerk.

    Great stuff.

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  • O.T.: where’s humanity heading without eugenics? (there’s an interesting observation about the high rate of retardation and autism among Minnesota Somalis) :

    https://evolutionistx.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/evolution-is-slow-until-its-fast-genetic-load-and-the-future-of-humanity/

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  • @Lurker

    His passion comes alive when he’s demonizing what he calls American “thickos”.
     
    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can't point to the US on a world map etc. But what they absolutely don't want to hear is anything about just who those American "thickos" might be (per capita) in racial terms. When it comes to American “thickos”, all they can visualise is white people.

    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can’t point to the US on a world map etc.

    Agree. They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn’t tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help). Every culture/ethny has their own very large set of ignorant/uninformed, but the elite point outside the culture to deflect criticism of their own bad stewardship. This phenomenon is not unique to the British; I encountered it among every country I visited while in Europe; they all love to point to the “Ugly Ignorant American” stereotype while ignoring the violent/ignorant underclass of their own nations.

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    They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn’t tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help).

    I rode on a train in Italy in 1980 with a couple of English hooligans on their way to a much anticipated soccer riot in Turin. They had never heard of Houston. But when I mentioned Dallas they immediately shouted "Who shot JR?"

    , @Lurker

    Agree. They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn’t tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help).
     
    Although a lot of them revel in that too, the only thing that lets them unleash their inner snob is sneering at other (bad)whites foreign or domestic. They literally cannot acknowledge anything wrong with non-whites at all.
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  • @guest
    Hate speech leads to gas chambers. Abusive speech? That's like backhanding your wife. Bad, possibly deplorable, but not irredeemably evil.

    “Hate speech leads to gas chambers.” True…

    Here are some other things that “lead to gas chambers”: The Big Bang, the origin of living cells, multicellular life, the evolution of vertebrates, the opposable thumb, large crania, writing, democratic politics, inorganic chemistry, metallurgy, and radio.

    What was your point again?

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    "What was your point again?"

    Satire.
    , @Dieter Kief
    I agree. May I humbly add: The cinema, operas, symphonies, photography, literature, ways (in general), the weather, sports, child's play, mountains, nature, the universe, civilization, economy, religion, song and dance, hammers, cake slicers, earth, wind and fire. Fire and rain. Drizzling rain. Spray. Good thoughts. Bad thoughts, too. Reproduction. Kids. Life (in general). Death.
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  • @Anonymous
    Dawkins claims to be a man of the left, yet believes in hereditarianism. Has he explained this contradiction anywhere?

    yet believes in hereditarianism

    Really? In his twitter pic twitter pic he is wearing a tshirt that says “we are all Africans”.

    Some select quotes:

    “There is racism in Britain. It must stop.”

    “We are all African apes. That’s what my t-shirt means. Add political moral if you wish. Genetically we are a v uniform species. Shun racism”

    Man of the left status: secure.

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  • @ben tillman
    The "extended phenotype" concept is as important as it gets.

    If Dawkins originated the extended phenotype idea, that is, if it was more than repackaging what others had already done using new terminology, then he certainly deserves credit for whatever it has added to biology.

    As to the value of this political thought, even if he is a first right scientist on his own merit, it seems a bit like the case of Einstein: brilliant in physics, not so much in world affairs.

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  • @RobertTaylor
    Yet both of them condemned the British National Party.

    Which means they aren't serious. They intend to moan about what is happening to the UK and Europe, while attacking anyone who truly tries to address the problem as unacceptable.

    I think we are living in a time when it is more important to embrace anyone who is willing to chastise the orthodoxy of our enemies than it is to certify the orthodoxy of our allies.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @SMK
    What and who is "we": the alternative/dissident right, I assume. And what do you mean by "win," concretely and specifically? And how are we "going to win," exactly?

    Same Anonymous as above: you are pretty much grasping my meaning. I have many, many agreements with the alternative/dissident right, and many disagreements. That is to be expected, since the alternative right, in the broad sense, allows debate. But for anyone who grants any personal affinity with the dissident/alternative right, I think it is useful to recognize the increasingly obvious fact of the deep stupidity/obliviousness of those who oppose us. I used to be one of them, but they are idiots, and overtly embrace idiocy. Recognizing that your opponents are literally crippling themselves (intellectually, at least) can be a crucial step in fostering concrete victory.

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  • @ben tillman

    With Dawkins there’s the question of whether he’s primarily a scientist or a science journalist. But I’m a part time science journalist and I can safely say that Dawkins is at least a great science journalist.
     
    Certainly not on the order of Matt Ridley.

    Dawkins and Ridley have a lot in common, but Dawkins was about 15 or more years ahead of Ridley.

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  • @Judah Benjamin Hur
    A lot of brilliant ideas, examples include some by Dawkins, Freud, and ancient religious writers, are really useful and/or insightful so long as one doesn't take them too literally (even if the authors do). The problem is that fans and followers usually take the extreme route.

    I agree with that, and Dawkins is a great popularizer of gene-centric neo-Darwinism. If you lightly poke the theories he at least pretends to propound in his more popular books, they immediately fall apart. Because they’re frankly ridiculous. But they are tasty if you swish then around in your mouth without swallowing them. And he is the most important man on earth for putting across the Genes Uber Alles view of evolution.

    Freud is more ridiculous, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all his brilliant ideas were cribbed. I’ve long gone along with Wittgenstein in considering him a mythologist* or storyteller instead of the Copernicus of the Mind, as popular culture has him.

    Dawkins is not so bad as Freud. He didn’t kick off a quack medical field; he hasn’t tricked people into thinking he’s a scientist; he didn’t ruin criminology, child-rearing, vast swathes of literature, and relations between the sexes. He’s just a masterful pop-science writer you can’t take too seriously.

    *That reminds me of a Nabokov quote I post only for the lulz: “Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts.”

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  • @Anonymous
    But you've got to admit that the central thesis of 'The Selfish Gene' - even if, perhaps, WD Hamilton and others laid the frameworks - is a real game changer.

    But you’ve got to admit that the central thesis of ‘The Selfish Gene’ – even if, perhaps, WD Hamilton and others laid the frameworks – is a real game changer.

    Indeed. And The Exyended Phenotype was far more incisive. But after that Dawkins lost his science. You should read Jim Bowery (an occasional commenter on Steve’s blog) in that regard.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    With Dawkins there's the question of whether he's primarily a scientist or a science journalist. But I'm a part time science journalist and I can safely say that Dawkins is at least a great science journalist.

    With Dawkins there’s the question of whether he’s primarily a scientist or a science journalist. But I’m a part time science journalist and I can safely say that Dawkins is at least a great science journalist.

    Certainly not on the order of Matt Ridley.

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    Dawkins and Ridley have a lot in common, but Dawkins was about 15 or more years ahead of Ridley.
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  • @RobertTaylor
    Yes, I am not able to judge how important the extended phenotype concept is. And he did write a book about it.

    And he also coined the term "memes".

    The “extended phenotype” concept is as important as it gets.

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    If Dawkins originated the extended phenotype idea, that is, if it was more than repackaging what others had already done using new terminology, then he certainly deserves credit for whatever it has added to biology.

    As to the value of this political thought, even if he is a first right scientist on his own merit, it seems a bit like the case of Einstein: brilliant in physics, not so much in world affairs.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    Yes it is but what Dawkins misses about religion is that Christendom, flaws and all, is an expression of the white European extended phenotype, just as Talmudic Judaism is for much of the Jewish race, Political Islam is for the Arab/Pakistani, Confucianism/Buddhism is for East Asian.....
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  • AM says:
    @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Rod, I totally agree, except for the dying West. We are not dead yet, and there is no reason to believe current circumstances are permanent.

    Rod, I totally agree, except for the dying West. We are not dead yet, and there is no reason to believe current circumstances are permanent.

    To be totally downer, I think the current circumstances are going to get worse for while.

    But then, I think, they will get better. It just has to get bad enough to shake people out of their comfortable indifference.

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  • AM says:
    @Anon
    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you're younger and more impressionable.

    But it's worth noting that people who walk blindly into trouble tend to be dumb. Since IQ is inherited, dumb people are more likely to have dumb parents whose stupid life decisions had a traumatic impact on their kids.

    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you’re younger and more impressionable..

    You don’t want to have a discussion about atheism, rates of depression, suicide and drug use, poor health, and overall lousy life.

    Anyone looking at the correlated statistics of religious belief would take a serious look at what it takes to honestly believe over a sustained period of time, given the overall average health and mental benefits. Heck, anyone interested in bumping up fertility rates would look there too.

    But you’re right, religious belief is like for total losers. The atheists are smarter more because they’ve told us so. :)

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  • AM says:
    @Judah Benjamin Hur

    There are many more intellectuals who have been murdered for insulting Islam than Van Gogh. I am not aware of any who have been for talking about race and IQ.
     
    No, discussing race and IQ just destroys your career even if you're one of the most important people of the century (James Watson). It's almost a guarantee. Insulting Islam might hurt your career and might even get you killed, but overall I'd take my chances with the latter than a certainty of ruin.

    For example, if Tim Cook said tomorrow that the reason why Apple doesn't have that many blacks in high-level positions is that, on average, they aren't as intelligent, he would have to resign the next day even though what he said was undeniably accurate. His life's work over because of one true comment. A comment that needs to be said in the context of high-tech workers and "civil rights" coercion, but it can't be. If he said Islam was evil (an opinion), he would get a lot of flak, but his career would probably survive if he handled it correctly. The likelihood of getting killed would be maybe 1 in 1000, somewhat worrisome, but not that serious.

    Unlike many here, I think one has to be mindful of historic racism and should be, all things being equal, more careful and compassionate about making racial comments.

    Unlike many here, I think one has to be mindful of historic racism and should be, all things being equal, more careful and compassionate about making racial comments.

    You, personally, benefit from the average white person being uber sensitivity about racial comments, correct? Maybe there’s a conflict of interest there.

    Meanwhile, I get the short end of the stick. Spent well over a decade of my life walking on eggshells around people, to make sure I was a “nice” person. I threw in the towel when I realized doing so meant, I didn’t have a cultural or heritage I was preserving. I won’t wander into racial slurs, but I’m done with “cultural sensitivity” unless forced.

    Merry Christmas in July by the way. ;)

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  • Let me go out on a limb and speculate that KPFA is run by a bunch of cowards who are afraid that the poor offended Muslims might come and kill them for their insolence in opposing their child-abusing alleged prophet.
    Eventually, the free-thinkers of the New Atheism will have to admit that the Alt Right is correct about immigration.

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  • @Rod1963

    In that respect, Dawkins is in fact much closer to traditional Christians than to whatever-narrative-works-for-you post-modernists.

     

    No he's not. He's just another one of C.S. Lewis's "men without chests" and a threat to whats left of the culture that gave birth to men like Lewis, Chesterton and Tolkein.

    He despises people who believe in religion, he doesn't care at all about them. He sees atheists as superior humans - he calls them "Brites" or some such bullshit. While believers are viewed as dull witted losers.

    Yet he has the nerve to ask Christians to defend the West and he still wants open borders. This is not a man who cares about Western Civilization and it's people.

    As far I'm concerned Dawkins is what's wrong with modernity. It churns out lopsided men like him who are intellectually dishonest as can be. That hate the culture in which they came to agie in and do their best to tear it down like a pack of Visigoths.

    And the thing I don't get. Christianity is dying in Western Europe. It bothers no one except bigoted fanatics like Dawkins, Maher and Harris. To me these men are just so bitter and mean they really need something hate in order to function.

    His side won and he doesn't see it. Of course they won a graveyard for themselves and ideas in the process.





    Maybe the jerk ought to address all the mass murders done in the last century by avowed Marxist atheists. He won't, he won't address the fact since Europe abandoned it's culture to a large extent(which includes Christianity) is dying. Atheists don't tend to procreate if the white, college educated Left in the U.S. is any example.









    This guy rabidly hates Christianity.



    He's a vulture living off the carcass of the dying West.

    Rod, I totally agree, except for the dying West. We are not dead yet, and there is no reason to believe current circumstances are permanent.

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    Rod, I totally agree, except for the dying West. We are not dead yet, and there is no reason to believe current circumstances are permanent.
     
    To be totally downer, I think the current circumstances are going to get worse for while.

    But then, I think, they will get better. It just has to get bad enough to shake people out of their comfortable indifference.
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  • @Whiskey
    But Dahlia the Left has won, decisively, and massively.

    California is a deep blue state that no Republican, and soon no White, will ever win. It is defacto part of Mexico now.

    Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Oregon are following, with dirt-poor New Mexico taking up the irrelevant rear.

    Whites are a minority in our own country. Non-White babies make up the majority as they have for years and that plus the anti-White hatred by the Germanic Northern group -- true believers in Puritan style post-Christianity and HATE HATE HATE of Beta White males by their women and cuckery placating by their men equals White minority in pretty much most nations save Eastern Europe.

    They've already won and are just fighting over the spoils. The trick for BadWhites is not to win, that is not possible and has not been possible since Reagan's 1985 Amnesty. Rather, it is to SURVIVE. Survival by being as feared and as dangerous as possible while avoiding the clampdown by eschewing things that the GoodWhites will use an excuse: no Eric Rudolphs and let a hundred Alinsksy bloom.

    This means things like a biker gang descending upon the homes, workplaces (if any work) and "community centers" of the Noor clan and particularly the killer of the Nice White Australian lady to demonstrate power and intimidation. The way Orangemen make it a special effort to demonstrate control in Northern Ireland by parading through Catholic neighborhoods.

    But Dahlia the Left has won, decisively, and massively.

    Get a grip. Your doomsaying is contradicted by the facts on the ground. You were absolutely certain that Brexit and Trump were impossible.

    The tide has turned; but your pessimism means that you must suffer a needless and early death from despair.

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  • @Jonathan Mason

    But if you have a one paragraph on why Dawkins is a major genius that would be great.
     
    I would he agree that perhaps he has no earth-shattering scientific discovery in his own name, but what he did in The Selfish Gene was to explain ideas developed by other researchers in such a way as to make obscure probability calculations interesting and accessible to lay readers, meaning that millions of people, certainly including myself, have had their whole understanding of the meaning of life subtly altered.

    He also invented the word 'meme' which is a useful concept.

    He has also shown courage in publicly opposing religious fundamentalism, when most public intellectuals would rather sidestep the issue. Whether this is wise of him is a moot point.

    It is often the case that the people who popularize important new ideas get a lion's share of the credit, for example Steve Jobs really didn't invent the touch screen phone, but he saw the possibilities in commercializing technologies invented by others and was able to execute.

    Educating the general public about science seems to me like a worthwhile thing to devote one's life to, which is what Dawkins has done.

    He has also shown courage in publicly opposing religious fundamentalism, when most public intellectuals would rather sidestep the issue. Whether this is wise of him is a moot point.

    You cannot be serious. Scornfully insulting – nevermind civilly opposing – religion is not only accepted, but demanded of public persons on pain of ignominy and lost careers, and it has been for at least twenty years (arguably for much longer). Politicians in what used to be the U.S.A. represent a partial exception: they are permitted and in some contexts encouraged to continue a feigned religious mein, so long as it conforms to the requirement that it not interfere in new True Religion of multicultural, vibrantly diverse perversion, sodomy, miscegenation, etc.

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  • @Anon
    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you're younger and more impressionable.

    But it's worth noting that people who walk blindly into trouble tend to be dumb. Since IQ is inherited, dumb people are more likely to have dumb parents whose stupid life decisions had a traumatic impact on their kids.

    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you’re younger and more impressionable.

    The single biggest driver of religious sentiment must be bereavement. The desire to believe that death is not final is very powerful.

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  • @guest
    "though meme means something rather different now"

    To most people meme means "internet joke," which is infinitely more useful than Dawkins' concept. He absurdly and pathetically tried to gobble up all of human culture (i.e. whatever we do that's not instinct, and maybe also not habit; I'm not sure) under Darwinism. You can't just come up with a word that sounds like "gene," arbitrarily cut up culture into units, then pretend you can measure their "mutations," and be doing science.

    It was perhaps the silliest "scientific" discovery ever not to be immediately recognized as crackpottery.

    A lot of brilliant ideas, examples include some by Dawkins, Freud, and ancient religious writers, are really useful and/or insightful so long as one doesn’t take them too literally (even if the authors do). The problem is that fans and followers usually take the extreme route.

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    I agree with that, and Dawkins is a great popularizer of gene-centric neo-Darwinism. If you lightly poke the theories he at least pretends to propound in his more popular books, they immediately fall apart. Because they're frankly ridiculous. But they are tasty if you swish then around in your mouth without swallowing them. And he is the most important man on earth for putting across the Genes Uber Alles view of evolution.

    Freud is more ridiculous, and I wouldn't be surprised if all his brilliant ideas were cribbed. I've long gone along with Wittgenstein in considering him a mythologist* or storyteller instead of the Copernicus of the Mind, as popular culture has him.

    Dawkins is not so bad as Freud. He didn't kick off a quack medical field; he hasn't tricked people into thinking he's a scientist; he didn't ruin criminology, child-rearing, vast swathes of literature, and relations between the sexes. He's just a masterful pop-science writer you can't take too seriously.

    *That reminds me of a Nabokov quote I post only for the lulz: "Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts."

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  • @NOTA
    Dawkins has a pretty reasonable-looking publication list up through the 80s (it's not my field, so I won't read but I can count), where he transitioned to more public communications and big-picture stuff than science.

    I think he coined the term "meme" and "extended phenotype," both useful concepts (though meme means something rather different now).

    “though meme means something rather different now”

    To most people meme means “internet joke,” which is infinitely more useful than Dawkins’ concept. He absurdly and pathetically tried to gobble up all of human culture (i.e. whatever we do that’s not instinct, and maybe also not habit; I’m not sure) under Darwinism. You can’t just come up with a word that sounds like “gene,” arbitrarily cut up culture into units, then pretend you can measure their “mutations,” and be doing science.

    It was perhaps the silliest “scientific” discovery ever not to be immediately recognized as crackpottery.

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    A lot of brilliant ideas, examples include some by Dawkins, Freud, and ancient religious writers, are really useful and/or insightful so long as one doesn't take them too literally (even if the authors do). The problem is that fans and followers usually take the extreme route.
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  • @Lot
    There are many more intellectuals who have been murdered for insulting Islam than Van Gogh. I am not aware of any who have been for talking about race and IQ.

    We nearly had our first one in the USA when a murderous Muslim went to the Texas event intent on killing Pam Geller and Geert Wilders, who lives under 24/7 guard in his homeland.

    We would probably have many more if our national security state did not spend 50 billion or more monitoring our local Muslims.

    There are many more intellectuals who have been murdered for insulting Islam than Van Gogh. I am not aware of any who have been for talking about race and IQ.

    No, discussing race and IQ just destroys your career even if you’re one of the most important people of the century (James Watson). It’s almost a guarantee. Insulting Islam might hurt your career and might even get you killed, but overall I’d take my chances with the latter than a certainty of ruin.

    For example, if Tim Cook said tomorrow that the reason why Apple doesn’t have that many blacks in high-level positions is that, on average, they aren’t as intelligent, he would have to resign the next day even though what he said was undeniably accurate. His life’s work over because of one true comment. A comment that needs to be said in the context of high-tech workers and “civil rights” coercion, but it can’t be. If he said Islam was evil (an opinion), he would get a lot of flak, but his career would probably survive if he handled it correctly. The likelihood of getting killed would be maybe 1 in 1000, somewhat worrisome, but not that serious.

    Unlike many here, I think one has to be mindful of historic racism and should be, all things being equal, more careful and compassionate about making racial comments.

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    Unlike many here, I think one has to be mindful of historic racism and should be, all things being equal, more careful and compassionate about making racial comments.
     
    You, personally, benefit from the average white person being uber sensitivity about racial comments, correct? Maybe there's a conflict of interest there.

    Meanwhile, I get the short end of the stick. Spent well over a decade of my life walking on eggshells around people, to make sure I was a "nice" person. I threw in the towel when I realized doing so meant, I didn't have a cultural or heritage I was preserving. I won't wander into racial slurs, but I'm done with "cultural sensitivity" unless forced.

    Merry Christmas in July by the way. ;)
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  • @dearieme
    "He has publicly stated that both Brits and Americans should learn more about the New Testament ..." and I agree. My knowledge of the Bible is pretty weak, but it turns out to be rather better than that of some Christians. I don't see the point of following a Religion of the Book if you don't read the bloody book.

    The people of the Book are the Jews. The Christians are the people of the Person–Jesus, who is the Christ. The Catholics and Orthodox view the Church as the Body of Christ, which explains their focus is more on the magisterium and less on the writing per se. Other various and sundry Protestants look to Scripture because of what that heretic Luther said.

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  • @Anonymous

    This means things like a biker gang descending upon the homes, workplaces (if any work) and “community centers” of the Noor clan and particularly the killer of the Nice White Australian lady to demonstrate power and intimidation. The way Orangemen make it a special effort to demonstrate control in Northern Ireland by parading through Catholic neighborhoods.
     
    This is the KKK you're describing. That's never coming back.

    It will happen eventually and it won’t be branded KKK.

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  • @PhysicistDave
    Reginald Maplethorp wrote:

    Even as a scientist and atheist, I find Dawkins pretty annoying.

    When I saw him speak in 2006, a large fraction of the crowd was made up of devout Christians. They were mostly young, friendly, and interested in seeing what he had to say (and respectful considering his stance on religion).
     
    Yes, but Dawkins actually cares about Christians as people and he actually takes Christianity seriously. He thinks it actually matters whether or not traditional Christian doctrines are true. He has publicly stated that both Brits and Americans should learn more about the New Testament, partly because he thinks such knowledge leads to disbelief, but also because of the enormous impact of Christianity on Western history and culture. He thinks that seriously following Christian doctrines is harmful to Christians, especially to children, and he cares about that.

    On all of those questions, Dawkins may come to opposite conclusions to traditional Christians, but he generally agrees with them as to what the important questions are.

    In that respect, Dawkins is in fact much closer to traditional Christians than to whatever-narrative-works-for-you post-modernists.

    He is a man of the West.

    Which is why I much prefer to live in a country in which Dawkins' books are well-known and widely read, just as I much prefer to live in a country where C. S. Lewis' and G. K. Chesterton's books are well-known and widely read. At least, the traditional West argues about things that matter.

    I.e., better England or America (at least for now) than Saudi Arabia or Chad.

    Dave

    Dawkins is not an atheist, but a Christian atheist. The point of being a Christian atheist is to be better than Christian theists in a Christian-derived society. But he takes his principles too seriously to endorse the coalition of Christian atheists with the Religion of Peace, so he must be purged.

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  • @David
    When E O Wilson was asked what he thought about Dawkins' criticism of Social Conquest of Earth he said something like, "Dawkins doesn't do peer reviewed science so I simply thank him for his interest."

    I stopped paying attention to Dawkins when he asserted that E.O. Wilson doesn’t understand evolution. Disagreeing with Wilson is one thing, but to imply on multiple occasions that he is ignorant and stupid reveals merely the limits of Dawkins’ own personality.
    Dawkins has gone after such serious evolutionary theorists as Brian Goodwin and Lynn Margulis with personal attacks, and generally trashed the reputation of anyone who doesn’t unquestioningly accept a gene-centric, reductionist view of evolution.
    In some cases, he’s just being a bully, as with his brutalizing of the mild-mannered eccentric Rupert Sheldrake, but in other cases, such as his attacks on cognitive ethology, a field in which his ex-wife, Marian Stamp Dawkins, is a leading expert, his malice seems personal.

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  • Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @jim jones
    Religious belief is correlated with low IQ:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/religious-people-are-less-intelligent-than-atheists-according-to-analysis-of-scores-of-scientific-8758046.html

    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you’re younger and more impressionable.

    But it’s worth noting that people who walk blindly into trouble tend to be dumb. Since IQ is inherited, dumb people are more likely to have dumb parents whose stupid life decisions had a traumatic impact on their kids.

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    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you’re younger and more impressionable.
     
    The single biggest driver of religious sentiment must be bereavement. The desire to believe that death is not final is very powerful.
    , @AM

    Religious belief is also correlated with having a lousy life, or having a major traumatic life event, especially when you’re younger and more impressionable..
     
    You don't want to have a discussion about atheism, rates of depression, suicide and drug use, poor health, and overall lousy life.

    Anyone looking at the correlated statistics of religious belief would take a serious look at what it takes to honestly believe over a sustained period of time, given the overall average health and mental benefits. Heck, anyone interested in bumping up fertility rates would look there too.

    But you're right, religious belief is like for total losers. The atheists are smarter more because they've told us so. :)

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  • @Lurker

    His passion comes alive when he’s demonizing what he calls American “thickos”.
     
    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can't point to the US on a world map etc. But what they absolutely don't want to hear is anything about just who those American "thickos" might be (per capita) in racial terms. When it comes to American “thickos”, all they can visualise is white people.

    Same thing among Hungarians. Unfortunately, among both bad- and goodwhite Hungarians.

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    I suspect the same applies among US goodwhites as well.
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  • AM says:
    @Anonymous

    This means things like a biker gang descending upon the homes, workplaces (if any work) and “community centers” of the Noor clan and particularly the killer of the Nice White Australian lady to demonstrate power and intimidation. The way Orangemen make it a special effort to demonstrate control in Northern Ireland by parading through Catholic neighborhoods.
     
    This is the KKK you're describing. That's never coming back.

    This is the KKK you’re describing. That’s never coming back.

    Why? What makes you so sure? If you ever got to the point where you felt there was no one to call to enforce laws or punish a crime, would you join an organized vigilante group? I don’t quite understand why historical concepts could “never” come back, if the conditions replicated.

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  • AM says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    Orwell wrote that the Left wants to be anti-facist without being anti-totalitarian.

    Now it wants to be anti-religion without being anti-Islam.

    Now it wants to be anti-religion without being anti-Islam.

    The left is anti-religion because it is anti-West. Those intent on tearing down the patriarchy, which is the actual safe space for white women and children, have zero use for Christianity.

    That’s why, in the long run, militant atheists like Dawkins, feminists (female version of atheism), and Muslims are on the same side. Dawkins, however, being sincere in simply hating religion (although there’s always a “special” animosity for Christianity) and keeps messing up whose side he’s supposed to be.

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  • @RobertTaylor
    I'm glad Dawkins said something in defense of Watson. But I find his passion for free speech for those he disagrees with rather weak and too late.

    Perfunctory.

    His passion comes alive when he's demonizing what he calls American "thickos".

    His passion comes alive when he’s demonizing what he calls American “thickos”.

    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can’t point to the US on a world map etc. But what they absolutely don’t want to hear is anything about just who those American “thickos” might be (per capita) in racial terms. When it comes to American “thickos”, all they can visualise is white people.

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    Same thing among Hungarians. Unfortunately, among both bad- and goodwhite Hungarians.
    , @Captain Tripps

    This is very common among British goodwhites. They love stories about US illiteracy rates, the number of Americans who can’t point to the US on a world map etc.
     
    Agree. They ignore/overlook all the working/lower class British yobs who couldn't tell Mississippi from Minnesota on a map (without help). Every culture/ethny has their own very large set of ignorant/uninformed, but the elite point outside the culture to deflect criticism of their own bad stewardship. This phenomenon is not unique to the British; I encountered it among every country I visited while in Europe; they all love to point to the "Ugly Ignorant American" stereotype while ignoring the violent/ignorant underclass of their own nations.
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  • I wonder is Islam and Muslims can be deplatformed for saying insensitive things about Christianity and Western Civilization. Ref: The Quran and our long and deadly experience with the religion and its aspirants.

    I mean fair is fair, right?

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  • @Thomas
    The "soft Islamism" taking over the center-left, not just in the US but Europe as well, is a headscratcher. It's a position that instantly creates cleavages in your own coalition (in this case, with atheists and freethinkers, but probably many more to come) with little benefit. Obviously it runs completely counter to liberal treatment of other religions. I ascribe it, at minimum, to the unthinking equivocation of Islam and race and liberal racial insanity (note how often anti-Islamic sentiment is called "racist"). I wouldn't be surprised though if there's something more there, like Gulf money, perhaps. Hillary got a lot of campaign contributions from men named "Mohammed," if you look at the donor lists.

    The “soft Islamism” taking over the center-left, not just in the US but Europe as well, is a headscratcher. It’s a position that instantly creates cleavages in your own coalition

    I think the problem lies in thinking of the Left as an entity with interests and goals at the entity level. It’s analogous to thinking of an entire species as an entity.

    As Dawkins himself would point out, the way to understand animal behavior is to look at things on the level of the individual gene.

    Analogously, the way to understand the Left’s behavior is to keep in mind that the Left is comprised of numerous individuals, each of whom is trying to maximize his own wealth, power, and status even if it is to the detriment of society as a whole or the Left as a whole.

    From this perspective, the Left’s embrace of Islam makes complete sense. Because it is advantageous to do so at an individual level.

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  • @NOTA
    Dawkins has a pretty reasonable-looking publication list up through the 80s (it's not my field, so I won't read but I can count), where he transitioned to more public communications and big-picture stuff than science.

    I think he coined the term "meme" and "extended phenotype," both useful concepts (though meme means something rather different now).

    And he married Lalla Ward, one of Dr Who’s sidekicks in the days when a Dr Who companion was female and easy on the eye. Not watched it for decades so don’t know if the rule still applies.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/ward/index.html

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  • I’m particularly impressed with this distinction:

    “While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech.”

    I think we can all guess what falls under “serious” free speech (anything anti-Trump, climate alarmism, feminist criticism of everything) and “abusive” speech (saying anything feminist leftists don’t like).

    The use of the word “abusive” is clever because it combines two different, but related, clichéd uses of the word: criticizing the ruling leftist regime is 1) abusing the privilege of free speech (a cliché) and 2) is also abusive, like a drunk husband beating his wife (a feminist cliché, the hidden sting).

    You abusive speakers know who you are.

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  • In a discussion of no-platofrming, it’s a strategic mistake to start trying to decide whether this guy has said the rigth things or is on the right side–that is exactly the argument the SJW types want to have. The issue that matters is that the suppression of speech and ideas for offending someone is a really bad idea.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    I'm not sure that's fair to Dawkins, who has never hidden his debt to Hamilton. But what about the "extended phenotype" concept? Is that Dawkins'?

    Dawkins has a pretty reasonable-looking publication list up through the 80s (it’s not my field, so I won’t read but I can count), where he transitioned to more public communications and big-picture stuff than science.

    I think he coined the term “meme” and “extended phenotype,” both useful concepts (though meme means something rather different now).

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    And he married Lalla Ward, one of Dr Who's sidekicks in the days when a Dr Who companion was female and easy on the eye. Not watched it for decades so don't know if the rule still applies.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/ward/index.html

    , @guest
    "though meme means something rather different now"

    To most people meme means "internet joke," which is infinitely more useful than Dawkins' concept. He absurdly and pathetically tried to gobble up all of human culture (i.e. whatever we do that's not instinct, and maybe also not habit; I'm not sure) under Darwinism. You can't just come up with a word that sounds like "gene," arbitrarily cut up culture into units, then pretend you can measure their "mutations," and be doing science.

    It was perhaps the silliest "scientific" discovery ever not to be immediately recognized as crackpottery.
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  • @Jonathan Mason

    But if you have a one paragraph on why Dawkins is a major genius that would be great.
     
    I would he agree that perhaps he has no earth-shattering scientific discovery in his own name, but what he did in The Selfish Gene was to explain ideas developed by other researchers in such a way as to make obscure probability calculations interesting and accessible to lay readers, meaning that millions of people, certainly including myself, have had their whole understanding of the meaning of life subtly altered.

    He also invented the word 'meme' which is a useful concept.

    He has also shown courage in publicly opposing religious fundamentalism, when most public intellectuals would rather sidestep the issue. Whether this is wise of him is a moot point.

    It is often the case that the people who popularize important new ideas get a lion's share of the credit, for example Steve Jobs really didn't invent the touch screen phone, but he saw the possibilities in commercializing technologies invented by others and was able to execute.

    Educating the general public about science seems to me like a worthwhile thing to devote one's life to, which is what Dawkins has done.

    Yes. I read his books as a kid, and got a good basic grasp of evolution from them–far better than I got from my high school biology class! (The teacher was probably trying to avoid trouble with parents–I dont think he mentioned the word evolution anywhere in the class.)

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE US

    1789: Freedom of speech must not be infringed

    1960s Freedom of speech must not be infringed, even if it is obscenely abusive

    1990s Freedom of speech must not be infringed, unless it hurts anyone*

    2017: Freedom of speech must not be infringed, unless it can even remotely be perceived as the slightest microaggression towards any minority, in which case you will be destroyed**; preferably, speech will be obscenely abusive towards white men.

    ————————–

    *-Well, it cannot be malicious towards minorities, but we’ll give you a pass if it’s towards white guys.

    **Unless you, the offending speaker, are a minority with greater Intersectional Pokemon points than the intended target, in which case you are off the hook with no more than a slap on the wrist at best.

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  • @AndrewR
    First they came for the ornery atheists, and I did not speak out, for I was not an ornery atheist...

    Sorry, but I’m not changing my mind.

    Think of it as triage….or just natural selection…..his genes didn’t pass the test.

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  • @AM

    But you’ve got to admit that the central thesis of ‘The Selfish Gene’ – even if, perhaps, WD Hamilton and others laid the frameworks – is a real game changer.
     
    For what? To justify the headlong run into moral relativism and Humans Are The Bestest?

    Dakwins (and others) has made himself famous telling people what it is they want to hear. They don't want to hear that sacrifice in humans involves rising above their biology.

    Dakwins (and others) has made himself famous telling people what it is they want to hear. They don’t want to hear that sacrifice in humans involves rising above their biology.

    Au contraire, mon ami, I think Dawkins has said numerous times that humans can and must rise above their biology.

    When asked if Darwinism informs his everyday apprehension of life, Dawkins says, “in one way it does. My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans. That’s never far from my thoughts, that sense of amazement. On the other hand I certainly don’t allow Darwinism to influence my feelings about human social life,” implying that he feels that individual human beings can opt out of the survival machine of Darwinism since they are freed by the consciousness of self.

    [Wikipedia]

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    Au contraire, mon ami, I think Dawkins has said numerous times that humans can and must rise above their biology.
     
    If religion is stupid, by what means and what motivation do I have to rise above my biology? Dawkin's awe at being alive is not helpful when a child dies, or I'm struggling with addiction, or I need to let go of a grudge.
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  • @RobertTaylor
    Yes, I am not able to judge how important the extended phenotype concept is. And he did write a book about it.

    And he also coined the term "memes".

    I have yet to understand meme to be anything but a silly, made-up word that is no more than an extraneous synonym for idea.

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    Your description is all too apt, but I think there is a meaning that goes beyond that.

    This seems like a decent start from the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

    Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influences a meme's reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts.
     
    I think "meme" is useful as a way of talking about the spread of ideas.
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  • @Anonymous
    Western Christianity was once a noble, ruthless and powerful religion, of great virtue in the Roman sense.

    Islam was never that good, but as compared to Christianity today it is far better at keeping the unruly in line.

    As crappy as we think most Muslim countries are, I suspect that any country in which Islam dominates would be worse off under any other religion or no religion at all. Islam does have certain prohibitions, certain standards and it enforces them.

    Pakistan for example would be absolutely lawless outside its biggest cities.

    Islamic “rule” is pretty much what the whole country being run by Warren Jeffs and the FLDS would be like.
    It’s a woman-hoarding and tax-dependent welfare scam for a few psychopathic old men, mostly blood-relatives.

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  • @MBlanc46
    How nobly nonpartisan you are.

    Sorry, I have been overdosing Jordan B Peterson lately and his stuff on the gulags and Hitler is amazing.

    Short summary, no ideologies justify butchering people.

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  • @NickG
    Dawkins does seem to have a rather undemocratic authoritarian bent Here is on a recent short diatribe of his on Brexit.

    Given that there was no 2/3rd vote when the UK handed over judicial control of the country to the European Court and ceded the supremacy of Parliament to to an unelected EU Commission with the signing of the Maastricht treaty back in 1992. That the 2016 Brexit vote was the second refurrendum after the 1975 vote that confirmed our entry into what was then the EEC - European Economic Community - a mere free trade block, something Dawkins MUST know; in the context of Dawkins' authoritarianism, this de-platforming comes over as a tad ironic.

    Dawkins is a clever chap and a great writer on Biology, but on politics he is a textbook example of what Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes as an IYI - Intellectual Yet Idiot.

    Send him back to Africa.

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  • Orwell wrote that the Left wants to be anti-facist without being anti-totalitarian.

    Now it wants to be anti-religion without being anti-Islam.

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    Now it wants to be anti-religion without being anti-Islam.
     
    The left is anti-religion because it is anti-West. Those intent on tearing down the patriarchy, which is the actual safe space for white women and children, have zero use for Christianity.

    That's why, in the long run, militant atheists like Dawkins, feminists (female version of atheism), and Muslims are on the same side. Dawkins, however, being sincere in simply hating religion (although there's always a "special" animosity for Christianity) and keeps messing up whose side he's supposed to be.
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  • @Dieter Kief
    It might just show, how alienated quite a few intellectuals have become.

    Ahh -I forsee the counterarguments: But alienation, in't this a Marxist (=anti-religious) term?
    No, it's not actually. As far as I know, and I do know some of this stuff, alienation - the concept a n d the word, did show up for the first time in the early 14th century. Alienation is a term, that's been made up, literally (you could also say discovered, even though this expression 'd be a tad misleading, here, but for the sake of the argument: Say discovered, if you want to) - ehe - alienation, the term and the thought might well have been invented (=created) by a monk.

    This monk was one of the most literate persons, who ever wrote German. His name is Heinrich Seuse. He was a pupil of Meister Eckhart. No ?European universities without such scholars.

    PS

    It's one of the most common mistakes ever, to think, that people in earlier centuries were less intelligent, than we are now. Master historian and middle ages expert Arno Borst (some of his books are available in English, too - highly recommended reading) never got tired, to explain this thought especially to those (not yet) educated.

    it’s been argued that the ancients were significantly SMARTER than us: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/cc63/c5e0bb322baa850f362b38be6c7835a483ce.pdf

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    What's interesting is, that Crabtree doesn't make the usual error, thinking (assuming) that we are a lot smarter than those before us, because, you know, we know so much more than they do...

    His mistrust in the biological path we're all on seems a bit curious, though.

    If I leave all else aside and walk into the replica of the Chauvet-cave, I feel very close to those living in the ice age.

    And if I read - Aristotle, say, I have the feeling of a contemporary. Even more so in the case of Petronius or Augustine.

    Crabtree's interpretation of Diamonds writings is a bit off. Diamond looks at the spectrum of abilities of nowadays' hunter and gatherer and concludes, that in the long run, they might survive, and we might not. He does not really trust civilization.
    (He does not speak about intelligence of the hunter and gatherer at all in this context, if I remember right).

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  • @Anonymous

    This means things like a biker gang descending upon the homes, workplaces (if any work) and “community centers” of the Noor clan and particularly the killer of the Nice White Australian lady to demonstrate power and intimidation. The way Orangemen make it a special effort to demonstrate control in Northern Ireland by parading through Catholic neighborhoods.
     
    This is the KKK you're describing. That's never coming back.

    That’s any gang, black, brown or black in action. It never went away. Just shoot down any random Somali woman and wait till a gang of Somalis comes round to visit you.

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  • @lavoisier
    I would agree with that. The idea of the selfish gene was not invented by Dawkins, but he elaborated on that idea in such a way that certain predictions could be made and tested.

    Kin selection by Hamilton may well have been the impetus for the idea of the selfish gene, but Dawkins took the idea to a higher level and made important predictions about culture and society in general that derive from that idea.

    I suspect the idea of the selfish gene would also go a long way to explaining the paradox of cancer--one's own cells destroying the host.

    There is a lot of predictive gold in that idea--including, I suspect, the genetic development of intelligence.

    There is a lot of predictive gold in that idea–including, I suspect, the genetic development of intelligence.

    Here is a more interesting thought – the genetic development of the ability to have culture and how the increasing ability to form culture is a way of placing selective stresses on the group, thereby speeding up selection/evolution.

    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.

    There is a reason why menopause only occurs in a very few species.

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    This is definitely a factor in why evolution in the human species has speeded up in the past 10k years or so.
     
    This is a throw away statement requiring a lot of evidence before it can be the assumption that it clearly is.
    , @lavoisier
    Interesting idea that may be testable.

    SNP frequency in modern man versus similar results in medieval man.

    I think you are probably right.

    And I think your theory may explain higher average IQ in Ashkenazi.
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  • @Bill Jones
    Randolph Churchill, Winston's dad, had only a Bible to read in WWI's trenches. He famously, and probably apocryphally obseved "God is such a shit"

    Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston’s dad, died in 1886. Randolph Churchill, Winston’s son, served as an officer in WWII but not in any trenches.

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  • @dr kill
    You should have talked her out of med school.

    There’s a lot of PC crap in med school these days but fortunately they can’t stop teaching the science bit, so you have to hope* life will slowly corrode away the PC stuff and leave the gold behind.

    * although reading the British Medical Journal and Nursing Times, that may be a forlorn hope.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Whiskey
    But Dahlia the Left has won, decisively, and massively.

    California is a deep blue state that no Republican, and soon no White, will ever win. It is defacto part of Mexico now.

    Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Oregon are following, with dirt-poor New Mexico taking up the irrelevant rear.

    Whites are a minority in our own country. Non-White babies make up the majority as they have for years and that plus the anti-White hatred by the Germanic Northern group -- true believers in Puritan style post-Christianity and HATE HATE HATE of Beta White males by their women and cuckery placating by their men equals White minority in pretty much most nations save Eastern Europe.

    They've already won and are just fighting over the spoils. The trick for BadWhites is not to win, that is not possible and has not been possible since Reagan's 1985 Amnesty. Rather, it is to SURVIVE. Survival by being as feared and as dangerous as possible while avoiding the clampdown by eschewing things that the GoodWhites will use an excuse: no Eric Rudolphs and let a hundred Alinsksy bloom.

    This means things like a biker gang descending upon the homes, workplaces (if any work) and "community centers" of the Noor clan and particularly the killer of the Nice White Australian lady to demonstrate power and intimidation. The way Orangemen make it a special effort to demonstrate control in Northern Ireland by parading through Catholic neighborhoods.

    This means things like a biker gang descending upon the homes, workplaces (if any work) and “community centers” of the Noor clan and particularly the killer of the Nice White Australian lady to demonstrate power and intimidation. The way Orangemen make it a special effort to demonstrate control in Northern Ireland by parading through Catholic neighborhoods.

    This is the KKK you’re describing. That’s never coming back.

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    • Replies: @BB753
    That's any gang, black, brown or black in action. It never went away. Just shoot down any random Somali woman and wait till a gang of Somalis comes round to visit you.
    , @AM

    This is the KKK you’re describing. That’s never coming back.
     
    Why? What makes you so sure? If you ever got to the point where you felt there was no one to call to enforce laws or punish a crime, would you join an organized vigilante group? I don't quite understand why historical concepts could "never" come back, if the conditions replicated.
    , @Lot
    It will happen eventually and it won't be branded KKK.
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  • @Steve Sailer
    I'm not sure that's fair to Dawkins, who has never hidden his debt to Hamilton. But what about the "extended phenotype" concept? Is that Dawkins'?

    Yes, I am not able to judge how important the extended phenotype concept is. And he did write a book about it.

    And he also coined the term “memes”.

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    I have yet to understand meme to be anything but a silly, made-up word that is no more than an extraneous synonym for idea.

    I'm happy to be disabused by any reader here, if it be possible.
    , @ben tillman
    The "extended phenotype" concept is as important as it gets.
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  • @larry lurker
    Sam Harris just had Douglas Murray on his podcast for the second time. He was invited on to discuss his "wonderful" book, The Strange Death of Europe. They spend several minutes talking about Rotherham and related scandals, which many of Sam's listeners will be hearing about for the first time (someone made a clip of just that bit here).

    These are not the actions of a proponent of "mass third world immigration," whatever his views were in the past.

    Yet both of them condemned the British National Party.

    Which means they aren’t serious. They intend to moan about what is happening to the UK and Europe, while attacking anyone who truly tries to address the problem as unacceptable.

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    I think we are living in a time when it is more important to embrace anyone who is willing to chastise the orthodoxy of our enemies than it is to certify the orthodoxy of our allies.
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  • @RobertTaylor
    Richard Dawkins was a science popularizer. And that is of great value. But yes, it was WD Hamilton who made the discoveries.

    Richard Dawkins doesn't DO science. He talks about it.

    Although it is interesting to me that he claims we don't have to follow Darwinian rules anymore, we can embrace his Leftist ideology without any problems. That doesn't strike me as scientific at all.

    I’m not sure that’s fair to Dawkins, who has never hidden his debt to Hamilton. But what about the “extended phenotype” concept? Is that Dawkins’?

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    Yes, I am not able to judge how important the extended phenotype concept is. And he did write a book about it.

    And he also coined the term "memes".
    , @NOTA
    Dawkins has a pretty reasonable-looking publication list up through the 80s (it's not my field, so I won't read but I can count), where he transitioned to more public communications and big-picture stuff than science.

    I think he coined the term "meme" and "extended phenotype," both useful concepts (though meme means something rather different now).
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  • @Anonymous
    Western Christianity was once a noble, ruthless and powerful religion, of great virtue in the Roman sense.

    Islam was never that good, but as compared to Christianity today it is far better at keeping the unruly in line.

    As crappy as we think most Muslim countries are, I suspect that any country in which Islam dominates would be worse off under any other religion or no religion at all. Islam does have certain prohibitions, certain standards and it enforces them.

    Pakistan for example would be absolutely lawless outside its biggest cities.

    Probably true. I’m sure that in Muslim countries bands of men don’t go around abusing women on the street. Uncivilized people need tougher laws and penalties. You don’t need any laws at all to get Swiss to put their litter in trash cans. But you’d need a draconian regime to get African Americans to abstain from littering.

    Yet another thing that separate countries are for.

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  • @Thomas
    The "soft Islamism" taking over the center-left, not just in the US but Europe as well, is a headscratcher. It's a position that instantly creates cleavages in your own coalition (in this case, with atheists and freethinkers, but probably many more to come) with little benefit. Obviously it runs completely counter to liberal treatment of other religions. I ascribe it, at minimum, to the unthinking equivocation of Islam and race and liberal racial insanity (note how often anti-Islamic sentiment is called "racist"). I wouldn't be surprised though if there's something more there, like Gulf money, perhaps. Hillary got a lot of campaign contributions from men named "Mohammed," if you look at the donor lists.

    What “other religions”? The Left is against Christianity, pure and simple.

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  • Richard “Intellectual” Dawkins, they moved the goalposts on you: “…la révolution dévore ses enfants.”

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  • @Thomas
    The "soft Islamism" taking over the center-left, not just in the US but Europe as well, is a headscratcher. It's a position that instantly creates cleavages in your own coalition (in this case, with atheists and freethinkers, but probably many more to come) with little benefit. Obviously it runs completely counter to liberal treatment of other religions. I ascribe it, at minimum, to the unthinking equivocation of Islam and race and liberal racial insanity (note how often anti-Islamic sentiment is called "racist"). I wouldn't be surprised though if there's something more there, like Gulf money, perhaps. Hillary got a lot of campaign contributions from men named "Mohammed," if you look at the donor lists.

    this is my problem with Americans, including the ones in Congress for fracks sake – the ones that are humping the money that bought them; Islam does not get a hall pass: Islam is just like any, and, all, crazy-ass religious stuff (generous; btw) we seem to be forced fed. I really loathe Democrats and I want them gone….such liars and losers.

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  • @jim jones
    Religious belief is correlated with low IQ:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/religious-people-are-less-intelligent-than-atheists-according-to-analysis-of-scores-of-scientific-8758046.html

    Religious belief is correlated with low IQ:

    Statistics isn’t your strong suit, is it?

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  • The “soft Islamism” taking over the center-left, not just in the US but Europe as well, is a headscratcher. It’s a position that instantly creates cleavages in your own coalition (in this case, with atheists and freethinkers, but probably many more to come) with little benefit. Obviously it runs completely counter to liberal treatment of other religions. I ascribe it, at minimum, to the unthinking equivocation of Islam and race and liberal racial insanity (note how often anti-Islamic sentiment is called “racist”). I wouldn’t be surprised though if there’s something more there, like Gulf money, perhaps. Hillary got a lot of campaign contributions from men named “Mohammed,” if you look at the donor lists.

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    this is my problem with Americans, including the ones in Congress for fracks sake - the ones that are humping the money that bought them; Islam does not get a hall pass: Islam is just like any, and, all, crazy-ass religious stuff (generous; btw) we seem to be forced fed. I really loathe Democrats and I want them gone....such liars and losers.
    , @Anon
    What "other religions"? The Left is against Christianity, pure and simple.
    , @sabril

    The “soft Islamism” taking over the center-left, not just in the US but Europe as well, is a headscratcher. It’s a position that instantly creates cleavages in your own coalition
     
    I think the problem lies in thinking of the Left as an entity with interests and goals at the entity level. It's analogous to thinking of an entire species as an entity.

    As Dawkins himself would point out, the way to understand animal behavior is to look at things on the level of the individual gene.

    Analogously, the way to understand the Left's behavior is to keep in mind that the Left is comprised of numerous individuals, each of whom is trying to maximize his own wealth, power, and status even if it is to the detriment of society as a whole or the Left as a whole.

    From this perspective, the Left's embrace of Islam makes complete sense. Because it is advantageous to do so at an individual level.
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