Since the evidence indicates New Atheists tend to be more angry, narcissistic, and dogmatic than other forms of atheists, what does this mean? The answer is obvious – New Atheists, more so than other atheists, are less likely to see the truth. This is because they would possess an inferior ability to think clearly. Anger, after all, is well known to cloud thinking. Anyone who has ever been angry and had to deal with an angry person knows that intellectual honesty and open-mindedness conflict with anger. Dogmatism is one facet of closed-mindedness and can often go hand-in-hand with anger. The New Atheist is simply not open to the idea that they are wrong, which explains why they cannot admit to ever being wrong about anything significant. This inability to admit being wrong then deludes them into thinking they are never wrong and that feeds into their narcissism. Narcissism then feeds anger and dogmatism. If someone’s self-love and identity is tied to an idea and that idea is challenged, then not only does dogmatism reject that challenge, it can fuel the anger – “How DARE you say that I am wrong!”
Put simply, a brain that is characterized by anger, dogmatism, and narcissism is a brain built to resist the truth.
All of this helps to explain why New Atheists need to constantly posture as if they champion reason and science when it is clear they do not. Such posturing can be viewed as a psychological defense mechanism. That is, their psyche cannot tolerate the truth of being closed minded and self absorbed when they want so badly to be seen as open-minded, curious, and concerned about others. It must therefore lash out in extreme anger at anyone who threatens to bring this truth to light and this explains why New Atheists tend to attack the messenger rather than deal with the message. It explains why they are so hateful. The posturing is a way for the New Atheists to delude themselves into thinking they are what they are not. And thanks to the internet, a collective form of self-delusion can take place, where New Atheists around the world engage in group think and perceive some rag-tag team of scientists and professors as leaders not because the rag-tag team is so brilliant, but because they share the same traits, have credentials, and sell books. And from the emergence of the Gnu collective we get the Gnu movement.
Now, once we have reached the level of a movement, a positive feedback loop emerges. Dogmatism is entrenched, as those who are in a movement are advocates and activists, not searchers. Narcissism is fed, as everyone in the movement thinks their advocacy is an essential part of the strategy. Anger is fueled, as those in the movement tell each other stories to make the other tribes as evil as possible. The movement , with its strengthened dogmatism, narcissism, and rage, becomes more intense and the cycle repeats.
Put simply, a movement that is characterized by anger, dogmatism, and narcissism is a movement built to resist the truth.