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  • The Importance of Unbelief
  • Shlomo Sand: an enemy of the Jewish people? '
    Post-Zionist' Shlomo Sand has outraged many Jews by disputing the ethnic basis of Jewish identity. Rafael Behr meets him in Paris
    Sand's hands are depicting how most Jews are descended from converts who never set foot in the Holy Land. That has come as a bit of a surprise to many Jews and as a colossal affront to Zionism, Israel's national ideology. The modern Israeli state was founded on belief in a "Jewish people" as a unified nation, established in biblical times, scattered by Rome, stranded in exile for 2,000 years, then returned to the Promised Land. But according to Sand there was no exile, and as he seeks to prove by dense forensic archaeological and historical analysis, it is meaningless to talk today about a "people of Israel". At least not if by that you mean the Jews.
  • Naomi Klein on how corporate branding has taken over America
    Ten years after the publication of No Logo, Naomi Klein switches her attention from the mall to Barack Obama and discovers that corporate culture has taken over the US government
  • Chess Intuition
    At first glance, there is something surprising about a teenager weaned on chess software extolling the wonders of intuition. It's as if we expect Carlsen to act like his software, to be as explicit in his strategic decisions as Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer. But that misses the real purpose of practice and the real genius of the human brain. When we practice properly - and this means engaging in deliberate practice - we aren't just accumulating factual knowledge. Instead, we're embedding our experience into our unconscious, so that even insanely complicated calculations
  • Why It's So Tricky for Atheists to Debate with Believers



Atheist/Believer debate: If the author of this piece thinks that believers will be fair or that pointing out their unfairness will win her any points in debate she is sadly deluded.

But please make sure your criticisms are fair. Please make sure your criticisms don't just put us into a rhetorical box, where we can't win no matter what we do. Please make sure your criticisms are a genuine attempt to engage with atheists and the atheist movement...and not just an attempt to stop the conversation and make us go away.

This is just weird! To make this plea to the side without evidence is like asking for an unconditional surrender - please.

When reasonable people confron the unreasonable, asking them to be reasonable is exactly as you say, unconditional surrender.

To answer her quesetion

In conversations between atheists and believers, is there any way atheists can win?

I don't think there is any possible way we could ever lose. But The holders of religious belief generally don't care about the debate.

Their fight is an emotional one. If you don't erode their feelings of comfort and superiority with some mockery you might as well just write them all a nice letter.

ah, shlomo sand- the homeopath of jewish historians.


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