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WHY ARE PEOPLE INFLUENCED BY MEN LIKE THIS?

David Hume was a famous 18th century philosopher and renowned skeptic and atheist; so was Edmund Halley (1656-1742) the astronomer. Their pint-sized-in-comparison counterparts today would be people like pop-culture atheists Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. How any sensible person could be influenced by people like this is, for three reasons, a real head-scratcher.