Apparently, the fortunes of Dawkins' ancestors were built on the backs of slaves. You see there is a reason for this – evolutionary psychology. Our selfish genes drive us to behave in ways that propagate them.
In the case of slavery, more slaves result in greater wealth and we all know how greater wealth results in increased propagation for selfish genes. The trick in those days was to keep the slaves once you have them. The best way to do this was to try to keep them uneducated.
Richard Dawkins' selfish genes are still driving him to behave in ways to propagate them. Unfortunately for him slavery has been abolished, and rightly so. Therefore, the next best thing to have is zombies. The mechanics are the same. More zombies that buy your books and T-shirts and bingo, propagation of selfish genes AND memes. The trick in keeping zombies is also to keep them uneducated and in this case, un-educable.
Dawkins is quite good at zombie herding. First he writes a few sciency books to give him some street cred as a scientist. Then he writes The God Delusion. By the time some people begin to realize the logical fallacies and bad scholarship in the book it is too late. The gnu zombies are hooked on bad philosophy and metaphysics masqueraded as science and scholarship. If you point out that Dawkins can't even get Aquinas' cosmological arguments right, that he can't even distinguish between the teleological argument and Paley's watchmaker argument, that Darwin was a teleologist or that Dawkins' central argument is hopelessly flawed, all you get is the Myers Shuffle and cowardice to engage their critics. Gnu zombies are uneducated when it comes to philosophy, logic and metaphysics. And unlike slaves who are educable, gnu zombies appear to be immune to any form education that is contra their indoctrination.
You cannot really blame Dawkins for all this. Blame his zombie herding on his selfish genes he inherited from his slave-herding ancestors. Natural selection did result in the propagation of these selfish genes. And after all, no action no matter how stupid "is in principle to be blamed on antecedent conditions acting through the accused's physiology, heredity and environment".
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