Richard Dawkins, 1996

My son Nick has sent along a link to a video, in four parts, of a marvelous lecture by Richard Dawkins on the topic of Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder. Dawkins is, of course, a controversial figure nowadays for his staunch criticism of religion, but like him or not he is a brilliant communicator, and we see him here at his very best.

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7 Comments

  1. Kevin Kim says

    Just watched those videos at the office. Thanks for pointing them out. Dawkins is indeed an impressive speaker.

    (Some of the comments below the videos were amusing.)

    Kevin

    Posted October 3, 2007 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Kevin,

    Yup, he certainly makes sense as far as I’m concerned. Carl Sagan was another in the same vein; I miss him no end.

    Posted October 3, 2007 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  3. The late, great Dr. David Stove thought Dawkins was bonkers. I’m inclined to believe him. Well, do you think you are controlled by little globs of protein?

    Posted October 4, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Bonkers? How? I think it’s much more likely that David Stove is bonkers, frankly, though I admit he’s a clever, playful fellow.

    “Controlled”? I’ll go one further. I think I simply am little globs of protein. Impressively arranged, yes, but nothing more.

    Posted October 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    I will say this about Dawkins, though, as much as I admire him: he needs to work on his “people skills”.

    Posted October 4, 2007 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  6. “People skills”? Yes, I think I would go along with that particularly in view of this:
    http://www.spectator.co.uk/stephenpollard/231721/dawkins-the-jews-run-the-world.thtml

    Posted October 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  7. Malcolm says

    Hi David,

    Yes, I saw this. A serious and surprising gaffe. Very disappointing.

    Posted October 7, 2007 at 12:42 pm | Permalink