14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Atheism and Illusion: Richard Dawkins, Derren Brown and God (Paperback)This is called a 'flea'.
Because what else gets carried on the back of a dog/ other book?
This is a trashy cash in from the god delusion. How many books has that one book Dawkins caused? Lots. Why? Because the louder the 'counter-argument', the weaker the argument its based on.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2010 12:20:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2010 12:24:20 GMT
Mathew Taylor says:
Dear Mr Walsh
Thank you for reviewing my book. I'm sorry it's taken me such a long time to respond - but I do think you made an interesting point in your review that a casual reader might overlook, so I'll just add a couple of comments of my own.
Your point that you can attempt to disguise a weak argument by simply expressing it 'louder', as you put it, is one that I agree with entirely. To me, that is the problem I have with a lot of the recent books promoting an atheistic worldview - they seem to lack any real content but attempt to disguise this by being quite forceful in their presentation - and, as you suggest, this seems to work a lot of the time. Your own review, for example, while actually making no comments whatsoever about the actual content of my book has been voted, at the time I write this, 'helpful' by 13 out of 15 people - which seems to suggest that this 'loud voice - little content' approach is what people actually want and consider to be, in some way, helpful. By this logic, my book of weak arguments should be exactly what people want, shouldn't it? However, your review of "Batman: The Killing Joke", which I personally found quite helpful because it actually commented on the content of the book - that particular review has been voted 'helpful' by nobody (0 out of 8 people at the time of writing this - which reminds me, I must remember to click the 'yes' button for you), which is a shame but again, I think, quite telling.
Anyway, I'm sorry you didn't like my book and I hope you don't think me rude for taking so long to reply to your review. I could say more (unlike a flea, I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface of what could be said here) but I think I've said enough for now.
Thanks again for the interesting review.
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