To find that the utmost reward/Of daring should be still to dare.
What is it about Richard Dawkins, exactly, that makes him a prick?And: while I enjoy his books, I've heard such things about him personally from my old evobio grad school friends.
The God Delusion.Full of immature rants, under-theorized arguments, petulant snarks at opponents, jokes that even Leno would reject, overconfidence in hedonic utilitarianism, a smugness that presumes a strength to current scientific epistemology that is unfounded, along with utter hypocrisy (somehow a multiverse hypothesis is less mystical than a God hypothesis), several pointless chapters, notably one dedicated to showing Einstein was an atheist and another dedicated to showing Hitler was not, a cherry-picking of Christian fundamentalists as representative of theology as a whole, it's painful reading, made completely insufferable by neglecting to show one's opponents the good faith and humble respect that honest debate deserves.Also the first thing I've read by him.
Whenever I think of Dawkins, I think of the beginning of "The Root of All Evil?," where he mentions religion and then says, "I'm a scientist," accompanied by shots of him riding his bike and looking at fossils. Smug as hell.I'll see if I can find my copy of The Selfish Gene here to loan to you. If I recall correctly, it's quite good and non-prickish.
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