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The Four Horsemen

Written by: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens
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Known as the ‘four horsemen’ of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the twenty-first century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights – about religion and atheism, science and sense – speaks with urgency to our present age.
Questions they asked of each other included: ‘Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?’
The dialogue was recorded, and is now transcribed and presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen.
With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential reading for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

©2019 Richard Dawkins (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

This transcript is of historical significance and belongs in the library of all thinking people. A classic for our time...and all time. (Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist Scientific American, Presidential Fellow Chapman University, author of Heavens on Earth, The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, and Why People Believe Weird Things)
I have a short list of intellectual heroes, and Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett each have a place on it—not because I always agree with their views, but because I'm in awe of the way they form, express, and defend their views. If thinking were a sport, these four would be national superstars—and reading The Four Horsemen feels like having a front row seat at the all-star game. This is more than a book about atheism and religion—it's a lesson in how to use our intellect to cut through the haze of delusion and misconception inherent in any human society. (Tim Urban, author of the blog 'Wait But Why')
We are slowly losing the hard-won right, gained by brave heroes of the enlightenment such as Voltaire and Hume, to be free to criticise religion without persecution and prosecution; the crime of blasphemy is creeping back. The words of Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris and Dennett are needed more than ever. These are the heirs to Voltaire. (Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything)
I was gripped. Throughout this erudite conversation the humility and openness of science shines against religion’s arrogance, hypocrisy and sheer gall in just ‘making stuff up’. How refreshing it is. (Professor Susan Blackmore)
One to watch: electrifying (Caroline Sanderson)

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Intelligent discussion

What a joy it was to listen to the fantastic views expressed here. While I have read or heard Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens on their own, this conversation was a real treat. Intelligent and rational discussions and such a privilege to listen to this discussion. Wish it were longer though!

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Short and powerful!

The conversation is incredibly thought provoking and was a pleasure to listen to. The introductory remarks and foreword by the authors and Stephen Fry were like cherry on top of the cake. Overall a must read, listen and/or watch conversation!

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Tequila for the soul

A delightful opening by Stephen Fry. A vibrant, colorful discussion with my agreements and disagreements, extending but not limited to religion, Islam, morality, determinism, quantum physics and other mysteries of the universe.
Caution: This isn't for the casual listener. Each of the horseman have different approaches to a problem and it helps to know something from their backgrounds

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mind bending debate

a superb debate to understand all current social vices which stem from utter belief without any reason.

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Thought Provoking

A good book to understand their point of view on monotheism and religion in general.
If you wish to just listen to their conversation it is available on YouTube.
This audiobook contains a bit more content. There is a foreword by Stephen Fry. There are three more inciteful peices by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris.
Hitchens is not with us now but listening to him speak is always a delight.
All in all its a must for all trying to understand their stand against religion, as atheists.

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Typical “elite” discussion

Four horsemen riding similar horses looking for answers, that’s great but believing that no other animals can be trained & used for riding to look for answers ,not great .

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