i wanted to like Sam Harris, but never did.
i think he tries to push his little rational mind too much. He wanted to be the god of everything but is a bit short. I find Peterson, Paglia, much more intellectually rich.
i've actually just watched the first 90 min of this video.
Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson debate on religion.
if you've never studied philosophy of religion, this might be good wedge in
@xahlee I first encountered him as a speaker in the Long Now seminar series. He opened his monologue by saying, approximately, "I'm going to worry out loud with you," followed by an hour of boredom.
He strikes me as one of those people that confuses knowledge and intelligence with wisdom; I've heard him make some extremely clever, well-thought out arguments in a few domains.
I hope (and presume) his books are better than his public presentations.
@xahlee the first one is a washout -- the second one is much better. The first one, they get hung up on semantics, which I think says more about Harris than Peterson.
@jeremiah i see. interesting. guess i'll have to watch the second.
spend 100 min watching the first this morn. wasn't going to, but persisted. always interested in philosophy. haven't thought about this for a decade. refreshing to be reminded how it was like in phi debates.
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