X-Message-Number: 11650
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 12:29:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: Excerpt from "Is Science Killing the Soul" Debate (Dawkins vs.

In Message #11640 "Stephen Bogner, P.Eng." <> wrote:
>So I'm enormously grateful to be alive, and let me take up what
>Steve was talking about, the question of how you can bear to get up in
>the mornings. To me it makes it all the more worthwhile to get up in the
>mornings -- we haven't got that much time, let's get up in the morning
>and really use our brief time to understand why we're here and what it's
>all about. That to me is real consolation.
 Different strokes for different folks. The terms that come to mind to
describe Dawkins supposedly main motivation for getting up in the morning,
are "intellectual vampire" and "knowledge narcissist". One could imagine
a suicide with gun in hand, and finger on the trigger pausing a moment to
hear Dawkins elucidate his alleged main passion in life on TV, then
uttering a cry of sorrow and disappointment after hearing Dawkins drooling
about knowledge, then convulsively pulling the trigger. Maybe the finger
would be still clenching and unclenching the trigger, as a postmortum
reflex reaction.
 Personally I'd prefer breakfast as a motivator for getting up, if any
motivation is needed.

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