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Old 12-24-2011, 08:42 PM
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Celestial Couch Potatoes (John Horgan & George Johnson)

Originally Posted by Diane1976 View Post
The left/right pairings sometimes seem like dialogs of the deaf, as they say, but they don't have to be.
I have not found this to be true, but I suppose there are probably a few exceptions. I think it is in the comments section that one experiences this kind of discord. But that's pretty typical of comments sections on the internet. People identify with those who share their views and fight with those who don't. Also, there is the ever popular one-ups-manship that inevitably goes on. C'est la vie.

The same is true of discussions between people who see themselves as being on the same "side" in those terms. They can be boring if all they do is agree with other, rather than discussing their common ground and their differences.
Yes, I get a little impatient with people who say stuff like "conservatives are anti-science" and don't get any pushback from their interlocutor. I had to hand it to Andy Revkin recently when he challenged the guy from Grist for saying stuff like that.

This, btw, is why someone like Christopher Hitchens was so interesting, and, even now, some people are convinced he abandoned the left, so to speak, while it seems so obvious to me that he didn't. Matt Lewis said Huntsman, no matter how conservative he is, doesn't "sound" like a conservative. And, that's what I think about Hitchens, no matter what he said he still "sounded" like a leftist to me, if you listened enough. And it's interesting to think about what that really means.
I was not an avid reader of Hitchens but read enough to know that he was a fine writer. The most vivid thing I noted about him was his utter disrespect for religion which I thought, although he explained it exquisitely, was quite overblown. But it got him attention which I think he enjoyed quite a little bit. And BTW, he explicitly said he was not a conservative.
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