Another week, another half-hilarious, half-tragic Richard Dawkins meltdown on Twitter. This time, Dawkins, who prior to becoming a jester of the Twittersphere was apparently a well respected author, used the opportunity of International Women's Day to blast the "loathsome religion" of Islam. He tweeted a photo of three Afghani women in short skirts in the [...]
... but it's not true, argues Lawrence M. Krauss, who is a physicist and the director of the Origins Project. Along with Richard Dawkins, he's in a new documentary about atheists called "The Unbelievers." He notes that a movie aboutShow More Summary
Circumcision, 1724, from Juedisches Ceremoniel (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC) Richard Dawkins generated quite a bit of controversy for suggesting that the religious indoctrination of children is abusive. I have previously...Show More Summary
You’ve seen them all over the internet, from Instagram to Facebook from Twitter to Plurk (remember that), they’re often just called “memes” (after Richard Dawkins’ term for a self-replicating piece of knowledge analogous to a self-replicating gene in biology). Show More Summary
Richard seemed uneasy and said, “I’m don’t want to discuss evidence”. “Why not?” I asked. “There isn’t time. It’s too complicated. And that’s not what this programme is about.” The camera stopped. Here.
This from Christopher Hitchens' Hitch-22: From King Lear: "Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand! Why dost thous lash that whore?... Thou hotly lust'st to use her in that kind, for which thou whip'st her." This is why, whenever I...
In Chapter 1 of Disbelieving Disbelief, edited by Phillip Brown, Robert Martin provides a brief overview of the position of well-known atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, identifying their principle objections to religion being that it is...
Terry Eagleton, the Marxist literary critic, has been something of a hero of mine since the publication of his Reason, Faith and Revolution, a thoroughgoing demolition of the Richard Dawkins… Continue reading The post The inherent strength of religion cannot mask the fragility of Christian belief in Britain appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Philip Roth is not a Jewish writer. Meditation for prisoners. Primates through the looking glass. How Richard Dawkins is more utterly certain about his beliefs than Sean Hannity. Hotter cyclists win. And Cinderella on Tinder (genius). Oh, and the habits of straight guys on dating and hook-up apps: With a lot of guys I could […]
From the excellent Jonathan Haidt: …I took the full text of the three most important New Atheist books—Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Sam Harris’s The End of Faith, and Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell and I ran the files through...Show More Summary
Rob Weinert-Kendt praises it: Beckett’s is not the blithe, hyper-confident, 21st-century atheism of Richard Dawkins, or the bland, self-satisfied scientism that constitutes a kind of default worldview in the educated West. It is instead...Show More Summary
http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/prince/prince_index.html Richard Dawkins: An open letter to Prince Charles about Nature and Stewardship of the planet
Some good pushback from readers on this one: The ideas that Dawkins put forward in the linked article are not new to him; he discussed them as early as 2005, in his book The Ancestor’s Tale (a superb read by the way, with next to no God-bashing). In what way is Dawkins being essentialist? Sure, there is a vast […]
Richard Dawkins’ autobiography reveals much about his childhood, as well as specifics of his creative process. He’s such an elegant and clear writer, that those words were particularly fascinating to me. read more
Richard Dawkins has gone on the record as saying he would never debate Creationists because "they've won the moment you agree to have a debate at all. Because what they want is the oxygen of respectability." But now that Bill Nye has agreed to debate Creationist Ken Ham, Dawkins has some advice for his sidekick in science:
by William West January 16, 2014 (MercatorNet) - After spending much of 2013 trying to stitch up a film distribution deal, two of the world’s most outspoken atheists, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, have announced that their documentary, The Unbelievers, will receive worldwide distribution this year through…
Every year, John Brockman asks his braintrust at The Edge a thought-provoking question and compiles their answers. This year's question has just been released: What scientific idea is ready for retirement? I loved Richard Dawkins' answer: Essentialism. Show More Summary
A few days ago, Richard Dawkins wrote to the Times to complain that they had referred to "Muslim babies". Because, in his view, a baby isn't a fully developed human being so it can't possibly be conscious of being a Muslim. Sigh. Richard Dawkins is just an Angry of Tunbridge Wells with a PhD. Let [...]
The Times reported at the weekend that the "Muslim birthrate" is significantly higher than the British average, and that "Almost a tenth of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim." Richard Dawkins then wrote a letter to the newspaper, saying that "Babies and toddlers are too young to know what they think about [...]
The FSM slayer turns to essentialism: If, like Aristotle, you treat all flesh-and-blood rabbits as imperfect approximations to an ideal Platonic rabbit, it won’t occur to you that rabbits might have evolved from a non-rabbit ancestor, and might evolve into a non-rabbit descendant. Show More Summary