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What Sam Harris and the ‘New Atheists’ Got Wrong: Religion and the Christian Right Aren’t Our Biggest Problems | Alternet

April 14th, 2018 · No Comments

The mysterious stupidity of the new atheists has produced an ironic result: discrediting ‘atheism’ as such. And harris has surpassed himself in ‘smart’ stupidity by misjudging the 9/11 conspiracy/war on terror and the IQ question. We might forgive confusion on 9/11, an issue buried in disinformation. But the ambiguity of the IQ data always suggested caution to the critics of so-called science on this question. As a personal impression/opinion the issue of IQ has no really solid science behind it, and the experience of teaching calculus in africa to teenagers born in mud huts, a lot smarter than american high schoolers, leaves the debate in the dust. Another impression is that just as jews were once thought unintelligent but accelerated to high intelligence, blacks are are in motion toward realizations of a very high latent intelligence, despite the drag of the history of slavery (which probably murdered hundreds of thousands of highly intelligent blacks). So-called IQ in a plastic brain is probably a moving target open to neural reprogramming so the whole question seems moot. In any case the issues of IQ require a great deal of communicative discretion, and the history of the question shows a kind of reductionist stupidity in scientists.
How did harris get into this rut? Blacks may end up being smarter than whites, and possess a version of the earliest human genome, perhaps, a very smart hominid at the dawn of global humanity. Perhaps we have declined from a peak. The San langauge has over a hundred phonemes, english a fourth or less of that. What is intelligence? It seems absent in the darwinists, in the stupidity of natural selection theory and the peddlers of a phony enlightenment version of ‘reason’ that beggars the philosophes.
We can discuss religion in another post.

Source: What Sam Harris and the ‘New Atheists’ Got Wrong: Religion and the Christian Right Aren’t Our Biggest Problems | Alternet

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