What a dreadful list of thinkers. Shermer is falling out of date on evolution and is still an idiot in the Dawkins universe. Perhaps these people are for discussion, not assent (I haven’t read the book).
The whole mix of idiot humanism, darwinism, scientism, and cold porridge new atheism is a useless mix….
Giving the devil his due? Only a new atheist could propose such idiocy.
Along the way, Shermer introduces a collection of people from wildly diverse backgrounds, for example: (1) Michele Bachmann (House of Representatives, 2007-2015) (2) Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel, 1997 –Pulitzer Prize winner (3) biologist Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, a classic, Oxford University Press) (4) American/British intellectual extraordinaire Christopher Hitchens (Shermer’s chocolate lab is named “Hitch” in honor of Hitchens) (5) Charles Darwin (On the Origin of Species) and (6) Thomas Jefferson (President, 1801-09 – Shermer’s favorite president) and (7) Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged, 1957).
Source: <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/20
20/01/28/reflections-of-a-scientific-humanist/”>Reflections of a Scientific Humanist – CounterPunch.org