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> Christopher Hitchens dies at 62
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post Dec 16th 2011, 1:42 AM
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The world got 38% stupider today.

Vanity Fair breaks the news:

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/201...tchens-19492011

A New York Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/arts/chr...s&seid=auto

When I reached the age and level of university at which I could hold the most superficial grasp of what he was talking about, Christopher Hitchens became possibly my favourite living public figure. I'll always be influenced by the way he spoke and wrote.

RIP Hitch: one of the sharpest and most concise intellectuals of our time.


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post Dec 16th 2011, 2:48 PM
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post Dec 30th 2011, 5:52 AM
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He was really, really abrasive.

But he was really pleasant to listen to, and was a fantastic rationalist. I disagreed with him half of the time, though.


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post Dec 30th 2011, 4:37 PM
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QUOTE(adamsmo @ Dec 30th 2011, 2:52 AM) *

He was really, really abrasive.

But he was really pleasant to listen to, and was a fantastic rationalist. I disagreed with him half of the time, though.

I agree (though find it part of what made him fun). A lot of the time, the way he debated was just bullying. He was right more often than not but showed little respect for others' ideas.


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How can 1 person no matter how intelligent make the world 38% dumber?


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How can 1 person no matter how intelligent make the world 38% dumber?

Surely you knew I wasn't being literal.


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