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Post Harris/Shermer vs. Chopra/Houston
I will warn you, this debate is a train wreck and is entertaining for that purpose. I am biased perhaps, but Chopra embarrasses himself with new-age nonsense, and Houston babbles incoherently.

Not really on topic for this book, the debate is titled "Does God Have a Future?"
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Post Re: Harris/Shermer vs. Chopra/Houston
Pretty entertaining, as you say. If they ever make a movie about Deepak Chopra, he should play himself, no one else could do as well. Sam Harris obviously the cool head here. Chopra and Houston are harmless, or would there be disagreement about this? A person can be wrong, as Chopra seems to be in general, while not being dangerously wrong. Houston doesn't say anything substantial enough to be objectionable.

The producers could have chosen two conventional believers to debate Harris and Shermer, but they wisely didn't. The debate would have been essentially over after the opening statements, whereas this one could play out to some extent.


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Post Re: Harris/Shermer vs. Chopra/Houston
Thanks for posting that, Dexter. I only watched the opening statements. Maybe watch the rest later.

Michael Shermer is always well spoken. Chopra comes across as vacuous, but as DWill says, seems mostly harmless. He doesn't deny science, merely injects the God of the Gaps argument whenever possible. He relies quite a lot on mysticism, using vague and meaningless terms such as "infinite consciousness". In a way, he's a modern day shaman.


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I'm watching the videos now and my IQ is dropping every time that lady speaks.



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Listen to the question the lady asks in the 10th video (of a total of 12 videos) at the very beginning. It pertains to The Moral Landscape.



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