Will RRS and others succeed?
Much as I admire individuals fighting against dogmatism, superstition, supernatural beliefs and who promote skepticism and reason, I am quite pessimistic. Despite the historical benchmarks which include the teachings of Democritus, Spinozism, the Enlightenment, Darwinism and many others, human irrationality is here to stay forever. Even philosophies which became authoritarian such as Marxism failed to eradicate theism and in fact tried to replace it with its dogmatic irrational beliefs. How will RRS succeed when the predecessors have failed? Human nature is deeply flawed with our innate average to below average IQs and xenophobic, ethnocentric, herd-like, leader worshipping mentalities. And short of altering our genetic code, Swiftian quarrels such as "my God is better than your God" or "Hutu must kill the inferior Tutsi" will IMO forever linger. Even well educated individuals will fly airplanes into skyscrapers because of adhering to some stupid dogma. Humans will always be irrational. I laud RRS, the 4 horsemen of atheism, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Steven Weinberg, the late Carl Sagan, Micheal Shermer and many others but I honestly don't think anyone will instigate a change in the collective consciousness. We live in a liberal Western democracy and despite hundreds of years of rationalism to back it up, the masses twice elected the most inept president in history. Christopher Hitchens to whom many (including RRS) sing praises, still lauds Bush for his stupidity over invading Iraq. I don't forsee a triumph of reason cause I don't see human nature evolving. On the bright side we will always enjoy eating and fucking. And at the moment when we're about to blow ourselves up, I hope either me or my descendents will be enjoying a great fuck after eating some great pasta.