No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118
essentialsaltes

Harris continues to give me the pip

I expanded my screed slightly in the comments.

I also commented directly on Harris' blog. Which meant I actually read through some of the other 400 comments. OK, I actually only made it through the first page of 100. The adulation of Sam was a bit nauseating, but picking through it all is an excellent demonstration of why his program fails before it even gets started. If I can slightly caricature some of the comments...

#21: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for Ayn Randian objectivism and rational egoism. [possibly this 'own goal' should end the argument immediately in my favor.]
#30: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for improving the wellbeing of the complete biosphere.
#31: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for democracy.
#47: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for freedom.
#57: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for a world free of religion.
#63: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for a universal religion.
#67: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for the Golden Rule.
#73: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for enlightened selfishness.
#85: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for a world in which Muslims and Jews can be hated equally.
#86: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for the destruction of Western capitalist hegemony.
#95: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for S&M. And maybe date rape!
#97: Sam, you are so right! Now that you've shown us the way, the path is clear for dismantling the fractional reserve banking system.

Depending on different concepts of wellbeing, all of these different directions could be justified by 'science'. What scientific test determines which concept of wellbeing is to be used?
Tags: anger, internet, is/ought, science
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