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Expelled from Expelled!

1) Interview PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins for your creationist propaganda under false pretences
2) Prevent PZ from going to see a pre-showing of your lies
3) Let Richard Dawkins in
4) ...
5) Profit!

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heron61
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Basic psychology and rhetoric. Mocking and dismissing people is a great way of polarizing an audience and does an excellent job solidifying opposition against you. It's also sometimes a great deal of fun. However, unless speaking to a crowd of supporters who are already at least mostly convinced of the worth of the cause you espouse, it's not remotely helpful. It's also a tactic Dawkins frequently uses.
mindstalk
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
See, while he may sometimes do this, it's not the impression I generally got from reading his books. And he rarely measures up in vitriol to the old firebrand atheists like Voltaire, I think.
heron61
Mar. 22nd, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I've only read parts of some of his books and a few essays. Where I have seen most of his mockery is in interviews and speeches. I've seen and heard a number of his interviews and speeches where his entire point was denigrating and dismissing both religion and religious people. Given that recordings of these forms the general public's primary association with him and his ideas, I see no good and many problems coming from him doing this.

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