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n his very brief philosophical tale, , Voltaire presented the central dilemma ofhappiness, that between reason and felicity –a question I often seemisattributed to John Stuart Mill (by a long list: Nozick, Pinker,Seligman, among respectable people ...) –Mill proposed thefollowing formulation, around a century later, “It is better to bea human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to beSocrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied”. Indeed Voltaire gavehappiness a lot of thinking; his mistress & collaborator Madamedu Chatelet wrote a beautifultreatise on happiness.
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You can see the vast intellectual gap between Scott Atran and hisco-debaters, even with Daniel Dennett who is discussing an area heknows little about (the only other insightful intellect there is NickHumphrey who understood Atran’s position). Atran, as ananthropologist, knows a bit about human nature and ourformation of beliefs –he has enough culture to realize that thecrap about the “causes” of suicide bombing you hear on CNN needsto be verified in a scientific manner (the first suicide bombers inthe Levant were Trotskists). He is my kind of person: he knows bothArabic and Hebrew, has an intimate knowledge of the history ofreligions, from an anthropological vantage point, and has doneextensive field work across the planet. There is even a widerintellectual gap between him and the two sub-philistines Sam Harrisand Carolyn Porco, both of whom I’ve met and chatted with and countin the category as not remotely eligible for a dinner conversation(Porco’s emails go to my spam box). These two do not seem to haveenough intellectual curiosity to realize that what they say has beenwell covered around 200 years ago in hundreds of volumes that did notsurvive into our consciousness –their statements aremicrowave-reheated stale enlightenment talk. Microwave-reheatedcroissants are soggy.
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I was in India (for the first time) and had the impression that Ihad been there before –at some point I felt I was coming home &felt like breaking my nomadic streak & staying there. Maybethere is this manner in which the poorest of the poor can livehand-to-mouth while projecting a philosophical composure: acombination of utter indigence and striking elegance you neversee in the (industrialized) West –Christianity appears amateurishby comparison. You need to to be poor; though it iseasier to have nothing than have a little bit, just enough to start amaterialistic dependence and worry about losing it, which is why I amconvinced that middle-classdom is some form of punishment inflictedon unsuspecting members of Western societies. A few educatedimbeciles irritated me with the cliché “fatalism” – ameaningless term.