To celebrate Richard Dawkins birthday (yes it is Richard Dawkin’s Birthday) I’m posting the winning entries to Project Reason’s recent video conference contest (Project Reason: Spreading Science & Secular Values).
The United Kingdom’s Channel 4 has put together a three part series The Genius of Charles Darwin. Fortunately for us here in the United States the first episode in the series can be viewed via Google Video:
In his last Channel 4 series, Root of All Evil?, the evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins explored how organised faith and primitive religious values blight our lives.
But the fault line runs deeper even than religion. There are two ways of looking at the world – through faith and superstition or through the rigours of logic, observation and evidence – in other words, through reason. Reason and a respect for evidence are precious commodities, the source of human progress and our safeguard against fundamentalists and those who profit from obscuring the truth.
Yet, today, society appears to be retreating from reason.
Apparently harmless but utterly irrational belief systems from astrology to New Age mysticism, clairvoyance to alternative health remedies are booming.
Richard Dawkins confronts what he sees as an epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking…
He explains the dangers the pick and mix of knowledge and nonsense poses in the internet age, and passionately re-states the case for reason and science.
My only complaint. I wanted to watch Part 2 right away. Well let’s just hope we see Part 2 online real soon.
I know from a couple of discussions I’ve recently read online and had with friends and acquaintances that there are a few people who have already read and enjoyed Richard Dawkins book The God Delusion so I thought I bring up that there is an excellent set of videos on YouTube that came out of a CSpan Book TV broadcast of a lecture Dawkins gave at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia back on October 23, 2006. In the first part he read some excerpts from the book and then in part 2 he takes questions from the audience which also happened to include a fair amount of students and faculty from nearby Liberty University.
YouTube – Dawkins in Lynchburg VA (part 1) The God Delusion
YouTube – Dawkins in Lynchburg VA (part 2) The God Delusion
While part one is interesting for anyone who hasn’t yet read The God Delusion I found the question and answer period to be most fascinating and revealing.