The Acorn Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

As I mentioned before, some odd things about Sam Harris suddenly make a lot of sense given that we now know his mother, Susan Harris, was a successful and influential producer of famous TV sitcoms.

Here is a video of Susan Harris expressing her views about religious people. The video is mostly a book promo from a few years back, so the relevant portion begins at 55 seconds and ends at 1:47:

What Susan Harris demonstrates here is pure elitism. With a tremendous sense of certainty, she looks down on religious people as “idiots” with “medieval minds” who “aren’t open to anything new. Who aren’t open to anything reasonable. Thinks science is a matter of belief. And that’s who you are dealing with.” She comes across as Marie Antoinette speaking of the unwashed peasants.

And yet this is precisely the attitude Sam Harris has with those who subscribe to those “Iron Age” religions (at least the Western ones, that is). He always comes to the table with a sneering contempt, as if he has figured Everything Out and if he is dealing with Iron Age idiots who aren’t open to his most reasonable conclusions.

There are a couple of things to get from this video.

First, it is now quite reasonable to suspect Sam Harris has hated Christians since his childhood. That is, his views of Christianity are not the conclusions of some serious study; they are childhood beliefs that are part of his identity.

Second, it should be clear that Sam Harris’s wealthy and connected mother would be very supportive of Sam’s mission in life. And that, in turn, gives us further reason to think Sam Harris is indeed a made-for-media scientist persona.

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One Response to The Acorn Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

  1. GRA says:

    >>She comes across as Marie Antoinette speaking of the unwashed peasants

    I think it’s safe to say that’s what most modern day leftists, secularists think of religious people and middle America. They are “forced” to “retreat” to cities on the West Coast – LA, SF (Bay Area), Seattle or the East Coast – NYC or Boston. It is no coincidence that these areas are either dominated by the entertainment business or academia.

    If they aren’t living in those cities they’re trying to make other cities like them – Austin, TX – and are found in small towns usually at universities. They may be lucky enough, as an academic, if the coasts don’t work out, to find themselves in cities like St. Louis or Chicago. These are seen as candles in the darkness for such people.

    The rest of America? Unwashed masses. The hoi polloi. Rednecks. Walmart shoppers. God forbid you don’t have green smoothies as detox after a workout.

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