Friday, December 07, 2007

Memo to Dinesh D'Souza: Hire a debating coach. D'Souza debated Daniel Dennett at Tufts on November 30th, on the question of whether God is a man-made invention. The QuickTime of the full debate is here. While Dennett was laid back, I didn't find his points particularly challenging, but in response D'Souza was shrill beyond belief. He makes Pat Buchanan look like Ian McKellan. It's painful to watch, and while he had some good points, the heavy-handed delivery undercut his entire performance. Doesn't exactly inspire me to run out and buy his books.