lf you are not familiar with Sam Harris, who has gained a fair amount of visibility (hear-ability?) as a result of his podcast, you might want to listen to the first 35 minute or so of the interview with him above, but the important part comes afterwards. As soon as your hear that, assuming you’re not Liz Cheney, Adam Schiff or George Conway, you will realize that you wasted your time, because the man is not worth taking seriously.
He is completely, thoroughly, through-and-through ruined by the hatred of Donald Trump, and so biased that his reasoning cannot be relied upon for anything. It doesn’t matter that he’s a neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author, a genuine philosopher, and credentialed public intellectual. He’s useless. He’s a fraud. Trustworthy people simply don’t hold such opinions—not only hold them, but eagerly broadcast them. It’s a signature significance orgy!
The interview is outright scary, and should make people seek psychiatric attention when they sense they are nearing the point that Harris has, tragically, reached. Harris is honest and clear-eyed enough to recognize the (still running) 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck for what it is [“Taking down the New York Post’s [laptop article]? That’s a Left-wing conspiracy to deny the presidency to Donald Trump. Absolutely it was. But I think it was warranted.”] but not ethical enough to realize that as an authority and scholar lesser mortals rely upon for enlightenment, he has an obligation not to sink into mob mentality just because he is surrounded by peers and friends who are consumed with unthinking fear, anger and hate.
After expressing his approval of Liz Cheney’s announced determination to use any means necessary to prevent Donald Trump from running for President, Harris is asked “You’re content with a conspiracy to prevent somebody being democratically elected President?” He responds with a flaming rationalization stew (and a terrible analogy) that belongs in the “Bias makes you stupid” Hall of Fame: “If there was an asteroid hurtling toward earth and we got in a room together with all of our friends and had a conversation of what we could do to deflect its course, is that a conspiracy?”
Ah! See, if Trump is the same as an extinction-threatening asteroid, so “Ethics is a luxury we can’t afford,” “It can’t make things any worse,” “It’s for a good cause,” “These are not ordinary times” and more rationalizations all apply. But Trump is just a politician and a human being, and even our politicized scientists cannot declare him an extinction event. Nor is planning a conspiracy: there are no laws declaring that blocking the path of an asteroid is wrongful. When someone as intelligent as Harris once was hears something that stupid leaping from his mouth, he must be able to recognize it, or something is seriously amiss.
Harris doesn’t. Instead, he “explains”: “We have a massive problem. We have an existential threat. Politically speaking, I consider Trump an existential threat to our democracy.”
But shattering institutions and democratic principles to prevent the legitimate election of someone the Left despises isn’t an “existential threat to our democracy,” apparently. If Harris ever had a brain, he’s in Oz’s Scarecrow territory now. When the interviewer, podcast host Konstantin Kisin, makes the obvious point, “But if you destroy democracy in the process of protecting democracy…,” Harris descends into Authentic Frontier Gibberish:
“Political opinion is already being just completely inundated with misinformation, biased takes, half truths, outright lies, or just the amplification of bad or misleading information based on, you know, the algorithm…It’s already just an abattoir of opinion. Right? And now the question is, you know, what can you do with your own biases to get the outcome you think is better, not just for yourself, personally, but for the world?”
Brilliant! See, he used “abattoir of opinion”! Unfortunately it makes no sense, and has left ethics and reasoning far, far behind.
After hearing this from a heralded philosopher, it shouldn’t surprise you that your Facebook Friends and once respectably liberal relatives are sounding hysterical and brain washed. This is like an ethics zombie apocalypse.