Reason vs. Religion
Do you agree the unrest in society today is contributed by our thirst to create outrage and the urge to counter with contempt? Have we lost our ability to reason as citizens of humanity? How much has religion contributed to our pathological way of thinking?
According to Harris, reason is self-correcting. Reason is the space in human conversation where you wonder whether you are wrong, self-deceived, or your wishful thinking is causing you not to honestly pay attention to the consequences of certain arguments. The ultimate case of this is the self-purifying mode of conversation in science.
When you compare that to what people do in the service of any religion or faith where your beliefs are infallible because the ancient books said so, the ways of thinking becomes pathological in any context outside of religion.
I'm a little uneasy when Sam Harris focuses so much on religion/faith as though that's the only way that reason is subdued, as though some silly "vision from God" or what not is the primary way by which religious people try to persuade others. Yes, there are religious fundamentalists out there who'll "beat you over the head" with their unverified "truth", but that form of religiosity is dying in the West.
Today, the assaults on reason are coming from politicians, judges, and public intellectuals, and they come to us in the name of science. They'll fire professors who provide rebuttals to the "Climate Change" dogma or they'll arrest a father for referring to his trans child in the "wrong" pronoun, or they'll fire a tech employee for observing differences between men and women in the STEM field, etc.
Where is the "self-correcting reason" in these cases? Doesn't the shutting down of debate in the political, academic, and social arenas also qualify as "blind faith"?