The Daily Show's guest tonight was Marilynne Robinson whose new book "Absence of Mind" apparently describes its own author. Wow, was she inane. She spoke for ten minutes and didn't utter one sentence that wasn't new-agey mumbo-jumbo.
Basically, she's a religious apologist who doesn't like those mean old atheists who dare to criticize the religious for making no sense, for trying to impose religious belief on scientific fact (see creationism), and who dare to speak out in favor of rationality. She recites the old saw about how science and religion are equivalent and their "extremist" proponents are equally at fault. It's crap and nothing we haven't heard before.
Ms. Robinson, here's the deal: religious leaders have pontificated on every subject for thousands of years and most of what they have to say is worthless superstition that just happens to confirm their prejudices. We don't need a dialogue with them to know their position. It's been made abundantly clear: "Our 'faith' trumps empirical fact. Where they conflict, faith wins out over reality."
The most disappointing part was Stewart's incomprehensible question/statement about how science is so much like faith. He actually said that when scientists hypothesize or theorize, it's just faith on their part. He specifically cited the existence of anti-matter as something scientists just have "faith" in, rather than having, you know, actual scientific evidence for its existence.
Easily one of the worst guests I've ever seen and one of the worst interviews I've seen Jon do.
But then, I'm one of those extremist atheist types who believe in science and empirical fact.