This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and A Scotsman Abroad discuss the big topics with guest callers. Topics include: Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz’s discussion at Harvard, Ahmed Mohamed’s ‘bomb clock’ fiasco, The Young Turks Network, The British Monarchy – specifically the controversy surrounding Jeremy Corbyn’s decision not to sing along to the national anthem. We also award our second ever ASLAN Award. A Scotsman Abroad also blames something on religion.
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Ahead of the November 3rd release of ‘Islam and the Future Of Tolerance: A Dialogue’ –
a book collaboration between Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz – both men sat down in conversation before a Harvard audience a little while ago.
I’ve always admired both men’s willingness to seek out dialogue with those who hold different, or even wildly opposing worldviews. Actual dialogue mind you, not point scoring and inflammatory rhetoric, but a genuine, civil exchange of ideas. I’ve become somewhat disillusioned with the typical debate format over the years. Often, a truly valuable opportunity can be sacrificed in the pursuit of victory. The debate format is engineered around ‘winning’, not investigating truths or finding common ground.