Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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In this streaming video, Christopher Hitchens deconstructs the ten commandments and then rewrites them so they actually are an ethical code and so they mean something for everyday life.


  1. #1 Philip
    June 6, 2010

    While Hitch adds some interesting insights to this topic, George Carlin still has the measure of the ten commandments best. See here:

  2. #2 travelgirl
    June 6, 2010

    i love the commandment that says “turn off the fraking cell phone!”

  3. #3 J-Dog
    June 6, 2010

    Hitch is good. Very good. Go read Hitch-22,a nd God Is Not great if you have not.

  4. #4 Tuomo
    June 6, 2010

    Hitchens version had a bug in it… 3rd one could be understood being against BDSM relationships.

  5. #5 Jim
    June 7, 2010

    Nice try, Hitch! Hitchens’ approach is very specific, flavored by current events and his position as a Europeanish person. I’m ok with that, especially #8. My ‘practical 10 commandments’ [link] is fairly general, includes some guidance (‘Corollaries’), and allows a form of religiosity to have a suitable priority. I wonder what Hitch would think of it?

  6. #6 SimonG
    June 7, 2010

    I think that there’s a lot to be said for Bill and Ted’s two commandmanets:
    Be excellent to each other.
    Party on, dude.

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