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Richard Dawkins, pressed to affirm the explanatory power of Darwinian reasoning for human life, backed off, expressing great caution.
Dawkins, come to discover, turns out to be a rather reluctant Darwinian, at least where human institutions such as religion are concerned. By my rough estimate, about people attended, a few of whom showed themselves to be Dawkins devotees of an obnoxious sort.
Made me proud of my fellow Chicagoans: Weinstein in Command Weinstein commanded the evening. By prior agreement, Weinstein and Dawkins started their exchange by first stipulating where they agreed: So for bothinsofar as Christianity makes any empirical claims, that religion is — as a factual matter — strictly false.
But then the discussants moved on to their areas of disagreement, which occupied most of the time. As Weinstein sketched out the boundary of controversy, with a series of propositions he knew Dawkins could not accept, it became clear that Dawkins was unwilling to extend the reach of natural selection to such matters as the persistence of organized religion.
One Dawkins endowed natural selection with unparalleled explanatory power, but hesitated to extend that mode of explanation to historical realities such as human genocide e. Why is it, Weinstein challenged Dawkins, that Roman Catholicism persists, and by standard Darwinian metrics such as population growthappears highly successful, when so many aspects of Catholic doctrine and practice look frankly crazy to both of us, and very costly to fitness?
Why not say, instead, that Catholicism is what — in proper Darwinian terms — it appears to be, namely, an adaptation. If Darwinian principles are correct, Weinstein insisted, religions should not flourish globally, or even exist, unless they conferred some genuine selective advantage on their followers.
We need to know, he urged Dawkins, if we humans are hardwired with behavioral programs that, when triggered, might cause mass genocide.
Fairness, kindness, mercy, objectivity, truth…oh, wait a minute, those are my values. Dawkins and Weinstein are borrowing them, but without anything resembling a sound Darwinian justification. A supernova that snuffed all life on this planet tomorrow would be just fine with Mother Nature, the icy-hearted bitch.
But that is a conversation for another time. When one leaves the Chicago Theatre, however, reality returns. Thank God for that.The UK's highest profile atheist Richard Dawkins and his actress wife Lalla Ward have confirmed they have separated after 24 years of marriage.
An exchange on abortion Nov 1, · Richard Dawkins 24 Oct I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers.
quotes from The God Delusion: ‘We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.’.
At a debate in Chicago between Dawkins and Bret Weinstein, I witnessed something that I never thought I’d see. International Blasphemy Rights Day, today, is held each year on September 30, is a day to show solidarity with those who challenge oppressive laws and social prohibitions against free expression, to support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of violence, arrest, or persecution.
ATHERTON, Calif. (RNS) As the world’s most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins is no stranger to criticism from religious believers. But in recent months, a few of his opinions have riled many in.