new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

in defense of richard dawkins

by christopher hitchens.


if you haven’t read it, you will almost certainly have seen it: the critique of professor richard dawkins that arraigns him for being too “strident” in his confrontations with his critics. according to this line of attack, dawkins has no business stepping outside the academy to become a “public intellectual” and even less right to raise his voice when he chooses to do so. implied in this rather hypocritical attack is the no less hypocritical hint that dawkins might be better received if he were more polite and attract a better class of audience if he used more of the blessed restraint and reserve that is every englishman’s birthright and which he obviously possesses in such heaping measure.

i think that dawkins would be quite right to refuse the oily invitation that is contained in this offer, and i hope that he continues to do so. i say this while having actually found his manners to be quite unusually polite and even quiet, especially when one considers the context of this discussion.


read on...

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