There are many quotes included in this article which to any right-minded individual would see as being obviously taken out of context. Such blatant, willful, obfuscation would undermine the public's trust in this institution (i.e. Conservapedia), and included in the article header is information largely irrelevant to the individual Sam Harris. This is the large quote which is not only broadly irrelevant to the man but also is completely irrelevant to the book it claims to criticise. I feel that the creation of a 'public reception and criticism' section in the article whilst leaving the header to relevant information would be an improvement, and the elision of this quote altogether. There is much better conservative criticism of Sam Harris to be found quite easily, rather than someone 'quipping' something about evolution in response to a philosophy book. Please take these into consideration - Torysaurus Rex.
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Building a Civilization of Ignorance
|The core of science: intellectual honesty|
|"The core of science is not controlled experiment or mathematical modeling; it is intellectual honesty. It is time we acknowledged a basic feature of human discourse: when considering the truth of a proposition, one is either engaged in an honest appraisal of the evidence and logical arguments, or one isn't."
— Sam Harris
In his Letter to a Christian Nation, Harris complains about people who "can obtain a Ph.D. in any branch of science for no other purpose than to make cynical use of scientific language in an effort to rationalize the glaring inadequacies of the Bible" and then he continues: "While such people are technically "scientists," they are not behaving like scientists. They simply are not engaged in an honest inquiry into the nature of the universe." However, while being harshly judgmental of others without care of factual accuracy, he fails to evaluate this criterion of an honest inquiry against his own views. If he would be an "intellectually honest person" as he requires of others, he would had to admit not only that he does not know "why the universe exists," but also that his resistance to patterns of "optimal design" in "the natural world" is, at best, uninformed. Despite his claim: "When we look at the natural world, we see extraordinary complexity, but we do not see optimal design," scientific research brings exactly opposite observations as has been shown by G. Cullmann and J. M. Laboygues already in 1985: "The genetic code is an instantaneous code absolutely optimal" (In French: "Le code génétique, code instantané absolument optimal").
This is a fact that no longer admits of intelligent dispute. Thus, Harris himself is contributing to the very same thing he is afraid of: "These data are unequivocal: we are building a civilization of ignorance," let alone to mention that his behavior exhibits the traits of Selective Inattention, typical for character disturbance advisably subject of treatment by psychologists. If an honest inquiry is the declared thing to be after, then, after finding Harris possibly having attention deficiences, one has to be also inevitably afraid that he may seriously suffer from Evolutionary schizophrenia. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes the proposition "we do not see optimal design when we look at the natural world", purely on the basis of pseudo-religious evolutionary dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency.
- Sam Harris (2006). Letter to a Christian Nation. http://www.samharris.org,+23+.
- CULLMANN G.; LABOUYGUES J. M. (1985). "Le code génétique, code instantané absolument optimal" (in French). Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série 3, Sciences de la vie (Paris, FRANCE: Elsevier) 5 (301): 157 – 160. ISSN 0764-4469. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=9265098. Retrieved 3.5.2013. "The genetic code is an instantaneous code absolutely optimal".
- David Berlinski (2009). "Denying Darwin: David Berlinski & Critics", The Deniable Darwin. Seattle, USA: Discovery Institute Press (reprinted from Commentary February 1998 by permission), 124. ISBN 978-0-9790141-2-3. “...the genetic code is „optimal“, a fact demonstrated by Cullmann and Labouygues („Le Code genetique, instantane et absolument optimal,“ Compte Rendue 301, 1985).”