• hkdharmon posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me. I asked some questions out of genuine curiosity in an attempt to understand, and now you are getting angry and aggressive (or so it appears). I don’t like it. I assume that if I continued the conversation any longer, I would start receiving personal insults, being called an idiot and…[Read more]

  • hkdharmon posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    You may be onto something, since an abrasive tone normally drives me away, which might be why I am out of the loop as abrasiveness is apparently a virtue embraced by many, and if you haven’t noticed, I am a guy.

  • hkdharmon posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    I did read them. I still don’t see what has upset everyone so much. I did not see any “foot inserting”.

  • hkdharmon posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    OK. Isn’t it possible that was just poorly worded and he might have explained himself? Guys get accused of behaving certain ways because of testosterone all the time. Maybe it is his testosterone that prompted him to say it.

    • If you follow the link in Dawkins’ tweet you can see Harris insert his other foot while trying to extract the first.

      • Read the links before commenting? Perish the thought.

      • I did read them. I still don’t see what has upset everyone so much. I did not see any “foot inserting”.

      • So you saw the part where Harris explains how Michelle Boorstein, the religious reporter for The Washington Post, was “stunningly uninformed” when she failed to agree with his assessment of how many Americans are fundamentalists? And when he went on to say that she intentionally misrepresented him out of spite, called her unprofessional, even…[Read more]

        • OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me. I asked some questions out of genuine curiosity in an attempt to understand, and now you are getting angry and aggressive (or so it appears). I don’t like it. I assume that if I continued the conversation any longer, I would start receiving personal insults, being called an idiot and…[Read more]

      • I was simply asking you if you read the same article, and any tone you perceive is in you head.

      • OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me.

        Do you think you’re his mother or something?

      • “OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me.”

        I always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: “O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!” God granted it.

    • It’s wrong no matter which way it’s applied. Men do not behave certain ways “because of testosterone.” It’s doubly-wrong when a community that is actively hostile to women pretends that it is something inherent in women that keeps them away. I don’t believe that a “more nurturing tone” will attract more women to atheism, as Sam Harris claims in…[Read more]

      • You may be onto something, since an abrasive tone normally drives me away, which might be why I am out of the loop as abrasiveness is apparently a virtue embraced by many, and if you haven’t noticed, I am a guy.

      • Oh and let me add that in making his response, Sam Harris makes the same mistake that many folk make when bashing Dawkins, his response is far, far too long.

        I don’t mind folk bashing Dawkins, in fact I am all for it. But what I want to see is someone land a solid punch, not flailing about failing to connect. Rebecca lands a solid punch on his…[Read more]

      • Ohh, the comments are getting muddled… My last reply got attached to this node instead of the one below.

        As for abrasive, there is abrasive and funny and there is abrasive and nasty. Fox News is abrasive but I never watch it because they are always being nasty and hateful.

    • It is poorly worded. What Harris apparently meant to say was that more men read his books than women because they pander to the type of personality defects that are more common amongst men.

      So now he is in the position of trying to explain that when he made idiotic sexist statement X, what he really meant was equally idiotic sexist statement Y.

  • hkdharmon posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    I’m confused. I get the references to Dawkins. What did Harris do?

    • When asked why more men buy his books than women, Harris reportedly responded:

      “I think it may have to do with my person slant as an author, being very critical of bad ideas. This can sound very angry to people..People just don’t like to have their ideas criticized. There’s something about that critical posture that is to some degree ins…[Read more]

      • OK. Isn’t it possible that was just poorly worded and he might have explained himself? Guys get accused of behaving certain ways because of testosterone all the time. Maybe it is his testosterone that prompted him to say it.

        • If you follow the link in Dawkins’ tweet you can see Harris insert his other foot while trying to extract the first.

          • Read the links before commenting? Perish the thought.

          • I did read them. I still don’t see what has upset everyone so much. I did not see any “foot inserting”.

          • So you saw the part where Harris explains how Michelle Boorstein, the religious reporter for The Washington Post, was “stunningly uninformed” when she failed to agree with his assessment of how many Americans are fundamentalists? And when he went on to say that she intentionally misrepresented him out of spite, called her unprofessional, even…[Read more]

            • OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me. I asked some questions out of genuine curiosity in an attempt to understand, and now you are getting angry and aggressive (or so it appears). I don’t like it. I assume that if I continued the conversation any longer, I would start receiving personal insults, being called an idiot and…[Read more]

          • I was simply asking you if you read the same article, and any tone you perceive is in you head.

          • OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me.

            Do you think you’re his mother or something?

          • “OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me.”

            I always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: “O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!” God granted it.

        • It’s wrong no matter which way it’s applied. Men do not behave certain ways “because of testosterone.” It’s doubly-wrong when a community that is actively hostile to women pretends that it is something inherent in women that keeps them away. I don’t believe that a “more nurturing tone” will attract more women to atheism, as Sam Harris claims in…[Read more]

          • You may be onto something, since an abrasive tone normally drives me away, which might be why I am out of the loop as abrasiveness is apparently a virtue embraced by many, and if you haven’t noticed, I am a guy.

          • Oh and let me add that in making his response, Sam Harris makes the same mistake that many folk make when bashing Dawkins, his response is far, far too long.

            I don’t mind folk bashing Dawkins, in fact I am all for it. But what I want to see is someone land a solid punch, not flailing about failing to connect. Rebecca lands a solid punch on his…[Read more]

          • Ohh, the comments are getting muddled… My last reply got attached to this node instead of the one below.

            As for abrasive, there is abrasive and funny and there is abrasive and nasty. Fox News is abrasive but I never watch it because they are always being nasty and hateful.

        • It is poorly worded. What Harris apparently meant to say was that more men read his books than women because they pander to the type of personality defects that are more common amongst men.

          So now he is in the position of trying to explain that when he made idiotic sexist statement X, what he really meant was equally idiotic sexist statement Y.