He Believed He Was Right

In this Saturday’s Guardian Review, Daniel Dennett is quoted as saying:

“I have no doubt that the scientific vision is right… superstitious doctrines will just have to give way.”

I don’t know where to begin. Possibly with the blanket dismissal of “superstitious doctrines”, although Dennett may wish to start by looking up a synonym for “lack of doubt”. Even that may fail to penetrate his smug fog of naïvety. God only knows how this man took on philosophical heavyweights: was it a shouting competition? Still, it’s nice to see Dennett not subscribing to any of those superstitious, unempirical doctrines, isn’t it?

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