Saturday, May 07, 2005

Materialism and Muslim extremism

Mustafa Akyol claimed that Muslim people would like the West more if we were less materialistic. He explained that he sees hedonistic materialism and scientific materialism (naturalism) as the same thing. By conflating philosophical naturalism and practical naturalism, and then conflating that with hedonism, we can move from MTV to Ernst Mayr, Prada to Project Steve.

Since his thesis is that Muslim extremists don't like America because of our materialism, his logic says that teaching non-materialistic science is the way to make the Islamic world love us.

He also had this really nice bridge at a fair price.