Re: concerning Richard Dawkins
Is it fair to characterize Dr. Dawkins' central position as I'm rational; you're idiots?
The question doesn't require us to speculate on Dr. Dawkins' feelings. Whether Dawkins has commonly received similar criticism doesn't matter.
Is the charge fair or unfair?
If you believe that Dawkins' position equates to 'I'm rational; you're idiots' then I think you view Dawkins as a nut. I am happy to pursue this facet of our dispute--though such delving would appear unfruitful with Ocean, as she explicitly makes no judgment on Dawkins' irreligion.
If, with Ocean, one makes no negative judgment on Dawkins' attitude towards religion, then one departs abruptly from Rothenberg--who considers Dawkins crankish. If one doesn't at all consider Dawkins a crank, one should disagree with those who believe his central message I'm rational; you're idiots.
Were one to attempt to defend Rothenberg's characterization, I think a quotation or two would help. (Dawkins hasn't made your job easy, however--as I don't recall him having made any such point.)
Last edited by Abdicate; 11-13-2011 at 05:44 PM..