Richard Dawkins is constantly being sold to us as a leading scientist and one of the world’s smartest people. Yet I think this is mostly a media illusion. One way to see that for yourself is to survey the people who have written book blurbs for Dawkins’ upcoming second volume of his autobiography. If you think about it, just who would help promote the autobiography of the world’s greatest thinker and scientist? Other great thinkers and scientists, of course. The intellectual cream of the crop would pay tribute to one of their own for they, among all people, could truly appreciate the immense brilliance of Richard Dawkins.
So who is it that pays tribute to Dawkins with a book blurb for amazon.com? Here’s the list, as described on Amazon:
- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct and The Better Angels of Our Nature
- Lawrence M. Krauss is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist and the author of bestselling books including The Physics of Star Trek, and A Universe from Nothing. He co-starts with Richard Dawkins in the film The Unbelievers.
- Bill Maher
- Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
- Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist at Scientific American, author of The Moral Arc
- David Silverman, President of American Atheists, Inc.
- Herb Silverman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America, and author of Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt
[cough] Let me get this straight. When it is time to acknowledge the autobiography of one of the world’s smartest people, Dawkins’s publisher enlists a) a TV comedian/talk show host, b) a man who publishes the obscure Skeptic magazine, c) the leader of Madalyn Murray O’Hairs activist organization and d) a president of some secular club. Yes, there are a couple of scientists and a philosopher in the list. But let’s take a closer look.
Steven Pinker, New Atheist activist and winner of Richard Dawkins Award 2013.
Lawrence M. Krauss, New Atheist activist and Dawkins’ sidekick (in the documentary, The Unbelievers, Dawkins and Krauss are introduced as the Dynamic Duo).
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, winner of Richard Dawkins Award 2014 and wife of Steven Pinker.
In other words, the scholarly endorsements come from Dawkins’s friends.
The funny part is the way all these Gnus wash each other’s hands.
Herb Silverman praises Dawkins book as “remarkable” when Dawkins wrote the forward to Silverman’s 2015 book, “Candidate without a Prayer.”
David Silverman praises Dawkins book as “Sometimes funny, sometimes fascinating, and always interesting” and back in May 2015, Dawkins praised Silverman and his book, “Fighting God”:
David Silverman is the bad boy of atheism and we need people like him……how refreshing it is to read a book that is not afraid to speak the truth, sans apology.
Shermer praises Dawkins book as something that outlines Dawkins “pathway to greatness” and in Jan 2015, Dawkins said this about Shermer’s book:
The Moral Arc displays the impressive depth of Michael Shermer’s scholarship, wisdom and empathetic humanity, and it climaxes in a visionary flight of futuristic optimism. A memorable book, a book to recommend and discuss late into the night.
Bill Maher is the New Atheist activist, anti-vaxxer, and winner of the Richard Dawkins Award 2009. Besides, he would lick Dawkins dirty feet if he could.
Given that we are dealing with a mutual admiration society, who apparently have created a cottage industry of promoting each other’s work, do you think any of those positive book blurbs are the result of anyone actually having read Dawkins 464 page book?
Look, on a more serious note, what you have here are a tiny clan of usual suspects who, collectively, have a disproportionate access to the microphone. Their goal, as activists, is to create the illusion that their extreme, anti-religious agenda is more widespread and mainstream than it is. Their goal, as capitalists, is to make as much money off atheism as they can.