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Christopher Hitchens has died (1949-2011)

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e.bar.goum
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Dec16-11, 12:17 AM
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He was a great man. I may not have always agreed with what he said, but I have so much respect for him.

He will be missed indeed.
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Dec16-11, 12:27 AM
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Such a loss. Agree or disagree? At least you'd have to consider his words and the thoughts behind them. I was so sad at the loss of WFBuckley, not because I could always agree with him, but because I could always consider his point of view and tease out the reasons WHY I might agree or disagree. Not an easy thing to do these days (or even back then) when politics and political discourse can be so polarized.

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Christopher Hitchens has died (1949-2011)

Wasn't sure where to put this, if its already been posted--please feel free to move/merge/delete topic.


Sad news Christopher Hitchens finally passed away from his cancer. :(


http://www.npr.org/2011/12/16/143595...-hitchens-dies


The influential writer and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens died on Thursday at the age of 62 from complications of cancer of the esophagus. Hitchens confronted his disease in part by writing, bringing the same unsparing insight to his mortality that he had directed at so many other subjects.
pergradus
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Dec16-11, 01:59 PM
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Who was he?
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Dec16-11, 02:08 PM
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Who was he?
He was a prominent anti-theist. Somewhat well known for his political backing of the Iraq Invasion.

He spoke out strongly against religion and claimed that it was a primary source for hatred in the world. He was quite a stubborn and confrontational man, but those who knew him well speak very highly of his honour and compassion.

Great speaker, even better writer. A google search last week would have turned up a much better answer to your question...now you'll just get a bunch of stuff about his death.

EDIT: Here is a debate with Hitchens and Steven Fry facing off against two theists, a British MP, and a Cardinal of the church I believe. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCdnh7G87m4
This one was fun to watch but Hitchen's and Fry's opponents were outclassed.
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Dec16-11, 02:27 PM
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Who was he?
He was a prominent journalist, author and speaker on current affairs. He was very confrontational and didn't mind who he offended, he was anti-religion, anti-totalitarianism and above all wanted democracy for all.

Begin here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens
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Dec16-11, 02:28 PM
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I'll really miss his commentary. I enjoy listening to his debates.
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Dec16-11, 02:32 PM
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I'll really miss his commentary. I enjoy listening to his debates.
I'd hate to be on the other side of the stage in his debates. That's why I compare his loss to William F. Buckley. Not just quick-witted, but well-informed, thoughtful and insightful. You might agree or disagree with him, but you'd be ill-advised to ignore his reasoning.
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Dec16-11, 02:49 PM
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He was interviewed during his book tour (promoting is memoir "Hitch 22") by a journalist at one of the regional NPR affiliates. They played his interview this morning, and some stories from Hitchens tour. Hopefully, they'll post the interview online.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wa...ens.dead.at.62

FYI - http://www.amazon.com/Hitch-22-Memoi...dp/044654034X/
Pythagorean
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Dec16-11, 03:24 PM
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R.I.P.

strange... when I type just the above, it forces the i and p lower case. But when I add stuff, it sticks uppercase.
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Dec16-11, 03:35 PM
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I always found it amazing that he was able to tolerate the rubbish that was put to him in debates. He treated unreason with courtesy far beyond its deserves.
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He died on the day Iraq war was officially ended.
lisab
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Dec16-11, 04:28 PM
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Quote Quote by Pythagorean View Post
R.I.P.

strange... when I type just the above, it forces the i and p lower case. But when I add stuff, it sticks uppercase.
yeah, it's the anti-yelling filter. It's ok to whisper a whole post, though.

RIP Hitch!
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Dec16-11, 06:23 PM
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A couple of Hitchens videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xeK7R-TgHI


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LCM3...eature=related
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Dec16-11, 06:34 PM
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Such a loss. Agree or disagree?
Agree. Courageous man.
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R.I.P.

strange... when I type just the above, it forces the i and p lower case. But when I add stuff, it sticks uppercase.
Hi.
He spoke out strongly against religion and claimed that it was a primary source for hatred in the world.
He may well be right on in stating this. I agree with him.
But a person who does not have a higher power does not Rest in peace. What Rest? Where is the in? And as much as I would want this for everyone, what peace? More like gone and will be missed.
Pythagorean
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Dec16-11, 08:17 PM
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What's it called when people take a figure of speech literally? I've always wondered this.


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