Daily Archives: October 31, 2008

Growing A Thick Skin

I am preparing a scientific blog for next week but as there is an article published this week that is relevant, I guess I should post this now.

Sharon Begley of the Newsweek magazine has written an article on “Why We Believe” which refers to SuperSense and some of the stuff that appears on this site. The comments on the article by readers are not only numerous but seem particularly nasty and vitriolic.

Meanwhile on the other side of the fence, the article has also just been posted on the Richard Dawkins discussion site where there is a totally different set of comments.

I guess what I am saying is that when SuperSense comes out, I think I may pull off that rare feat of antagonizing both sides, believers and rationalists. On the one side, by arguing for a natural origin of belief and on the other, by claiming that reason cannot readily change beliefs.

Oh well, roll on next Spring. I hope I can grow a thick enough skin in time. 


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