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Species of speciousness 2: epistemological error

By Tom Chatfield  

Having defended Richard Dawkins, one of our greatest God-bashers, in the first of these columns, it seems only fair in the second to consider a flawed species of argument from the other side of the debate.

Johann Hari spoke for many when he wrote in the Independent in May that “faith is a dangerous form of bad thinking – it is believing something, without evidence or reason to back it up. Where does that end?” I have every sympathy with the rhetorical thrust of his questioning and its implicit critique of extremism and dogmatism. Yet Hari is guilty of a…

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