I would feel so much smarter just being able to say,"I'm an atheist. What are you people? Some no-necked, bucket-eared, God-fearing simpletons, that's what. If only you were reasonable." It's delightfully easy being an atheist and so smugly satisfying. So, Christopher Hitchens the atheist debated Mark Roberts about God. Here's what James Lileks said and I'm still giggling:
Related: Hugh Hewitt had a three-hour debate between Hitchens and Mark D. Roberts the other night over the subject of God, and it was quite enjoyable, both for its depth and civility. I think Hitch won, ergo God Does Not Exist. Dynamite the churches! Of course, in such situations the atheist always wins, because he doesn’t have to prove anything. It’s like a color-blind man debating someone without sight about the existence of Red – a fascinating intellectual exercise that tests and reveals the talents and character of the debaters, but has little to do with the hue of the stuff that runs through your arteries.Oh, and Mr. Lileks is gainfully employed and, it seems, happier, too. He's all the "buzz" and here's a sample from over there:
Well, I think the RC church let Cicero into heaven as a noble pagan, so Hitchens needn't despair. Although he'll have to spend the first 9 billion millenia drinking tea with Mother Theresa.
Google has decided – on a lark, just for grins – to digitize every book in the world and put them online. Even those romance novels whose covers have Fabio pirates with pectoral muscles the size of serving platters. They’ll provide the books for free, of course. Google does everything for free, yet has a market value of $937 trillion dollars (approximately.) Google, as we speak, is driving cars around major cities taking pictures; you’ll be able to view street-level views of all big towns online. Next year I expect they’ll buy everyone’s DNA and put that online, followed by digitized versions of your nightly dreams, acted out by student theatre troupes and uploaded to Google Video so everyone can check out your roiling subconscious. Google always gets kudos for its motto, “don’t be evil.” Well, that’s special, but it’s like telling your kid “don’t eat the cookie.” Your kid wants the cookie, after all. Does Google want to be evil?Jovial mood, don't you think? He's bouncing along on the I've-still-got-insurance feeling. Yippee!