he shows graphs of data on how people do change less and less with getting older (but still underestimate how much they will change). imagine cheating this trend and changing more and more. that would be a fun life, isn’t it?
|Hitchens:||I would never give up the claim that all religions are equally false, because they're forced by preferring faith to reason. Latently at least, equally dangerous.|
|Dawkins:||Equally false but surely not equally dangerous.|
|Hitchens:||No, latently I think so, because of the surrender of the mind. The eagerness to discard the only thing that makes us high primates - the faculty of reason. That's always deadly (...) They're all equally rotten, forced, dishonest, corrupt, humorless and dangerous.|
|Harris:||There's one point you make here, that I think we should say a little more about, is that you almost can never quite anticipate the danger of unreason. When your mode of interacting with others and the universe is to affirm truths you're in no position to affirm the liabilities of that are potentially infinite. We just don't know. Take stem cell research. You don't know going in that the idea that the soul enters the zygote at the moment of conception is a terrible idea. It seemed a totally benign idea until you invent something like stem cell research where it stands in the way of of incredibly promising life-saving research. There's something about dogmatism, you can almost never foresee how many lives it's gonna cost, because its conflict with reality just erupts in.|