This is good value. Richard Dawkins briefly responds to a range of questions.
The first question asks for his views of Sam Harris’s ideas on morality and science. He thinks Sam might be on to something and gives a clear explanation of why. (This is an ongoing discussion here – see Telling right from wrong?, Can science shape human values? and Waking up to morality.
Other questions relate to:
- the problems presented by anti-evolutionary groups,
- as yet unsupported scientific speculation which he finds interesting,
- the future of fundamentalist religion and of science,
- the most important scientific questions in biology ( he includes “why we have sex”), and
- the best evidence for evolution.
The video finishes with a section where Richard reads some of his hate mail – good for a laugh.
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Tagged Evolutionary biology, Richard Dawkins, SciBlogs, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
There were two public statements on science recently which seem to have disappeared into a vacuum. They were the ‘Public Statement Concerning Science and Christian Faith’ by New Zealand Religious Scientists and ‘A message to the Christian communities of New Zealand from scientists in their midst.’
I am not interested in the first statement. It’s basically a sour-grapes response to the recent visit of Richard Dawkins to New Zealand. I would think that those disagreeing with Dawkins’ religious views would attempt to ignore him. After all, he was on a promotion tour for his book “The Greatest show on Earth” which is not about religion. Bringing up the religion question only provides him a platform to pontificate on the subject. Mind you, these sorts of criticisms do help build the public interest in Dawkins’ lectures, which are always crowded. This, and the inevitable book sales, must be a good thing for the public understanding of science. So, in a sense, I am all for such irrelevant statements.
Posted in atheism, belief, Christianity, creationism, Dawkins, Dembski, evolution, intelligent design, Krauss, New Zealand, philosophy, religion, SciBlogs, science, Science and Society
Tagged Add new tag, Anglicantaonga, Christianity, intelligent design, Michael Behe, New Zealand, Richard Dawkins, scientific method, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
This guy leads an extremely busy life. I know he is promoting his recently published books The Greatest Show on Earth and consequently gets into book tours. But his publishers certainly work him hard.
Next March (Wednesday 10th) he is speaking in Wellington during the Writers and Readers Week at the NZ International Arts Festival (see Richard Dawkins in Wellington next March). Just announced is an appearance in Auckland on Saturday 13th March. But on Sunday 14th March he will also be speaking at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne!
I am a little bit younger than him but I couldn’t stand that pace.
Anyway, details of the Auckland appearance are:
Saturday 13th, march, 2010
The University of Auckland Fisher & Paykel Auditorium, Owen G Glenn Bldg, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland
Richard Dawkins LIVE! The Greatest Show on Earth
The University of Auckland is pleased to present one of Britain’s foremost science writers Richard Dawkins in his only Auckland appearance.
Richard Dawkins will be introduced by Brian Boyd, The University of Auckland’s Distinguished Professor of English. He teaches a course in Literature and Science that includes Richard Dawkins’s The Blind Watchmaker.
About Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins will present evidence for his argument that evolution is an incontrovertible fact. In his new book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, the renowned evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist takes on creationists, including followers of “intelligent design” and all those who question evolution through natural selection.
Tickets will be available from iTicket (go to RICHARD DAWKINS LIVE! – iTICKET). The Auckland Alumni pre-sales have sold out but you can pre-register for sales to the general public starting November 30th.
I wonder where else in New Zealand he will speak?
Posted in agnostic, agnosticism, atheism, belief, creationism, Darwin, Dawkins, evolution, intelligent design, Science, Science and Society
Tagged Blind Watchmaker, evolution, Greatest Show, natural selection, Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, University of Auckland, Wellington
It’s interesting how a simple word, a name or a book title can cause twitching in the knee area. I predicted we would see a rash of this syndrome with the publication of Richard Dawkins new book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. We are going to see more of the syndrome as the book reviews and other publicity appear in our newspapers and magazines.
One of the most common symptoms of the knee jerking goes right back the Terry Eagleton’s early review of Dawkins’ previous book, The God Delusion. That is the charge that Dawkins had no right to produce that book because he is not a religious philosopher or theologian (see Do you believe in a god?).
Posted in Darwin, Dawkins, evolution, god, Science and Society, supernatural, superstition
Tagged God Delusion, Greatest Show, Pharyngula, PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins, The Courtier's Reply, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution