Another beautiful morning brought to you courtesy of theism
theism sure makes the world a better place, dontcha think?
"The righteous rise, With burning eyes, Of hatred and ill-will
Madmen fed on fear and lies, To beat and burn and kill"
Witch Hunt from the album Moving Pictures. Neal Pert, Rush
I have read God delusion, and don't see how that is relevant.
I actually meant 'Selfish Gene', and it's not partcularly relevant to the topic, no. I just brought it up as an example that Dr. Dawkins does indeed know what he's talking about and so isn't some Messianic figure (you didn't say that, I know. Other dude said that).
How do I even know you "have a casual relationship" with these people, let alone whether they actually are intelligent agents, where as Sageman [quoted in the paper I linked to] is a former intelligent anaylist
Like I give two fucks whether you believe I talk to who I talk to. I'm just letting you (well, technically, letting the other dude) know why I'm being so flippantly dismissive and derisive towards this topic.
Trying argue with me at this point about the motives of the former Mujahideen jihadists is like trying to argue with you that evolution is a fantasy. You're not an expert, but you're sure enough of the experts you know that it's not worth your while to do much more than make fun of the other person (it's not like you could ever convince them anyway, so why bother trying).
Maybe the one fellow will iPhone his way over here and you can hear what he has to say (I think it's about three words).
"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."
- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940