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No, Robert , I didn’t say Richard Dawkins is silly for not fearing the complete annihilation of the self. As you point out, some entirely unsilly people, Socrates and Cicero among them, have felt the same way. I was instead—unsuccessfully, it seems—using sarcasm to point out how condescending Dawkins is being to the vast majority of his fellow human beings who reject—logically, I think—the notion that death is the end and believe instead in the afterlife.



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