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liv | Against Dawkins
Is the gene centred view (of which Dawkins is a major proponent) the best one?
genetics  genes  richard-dawkins  selfish-gene  biology  science  genotype  phenotype 
december 2013 by pw201
Why Richard Dawkins is still an atheist - Guest Voices - The Washington Post
Paula Kirby on the recent "Dawkins admits he's an agnostic!" stories following his debate with Cuddly Rowan Bear. "Religious commentators have become so excited at the thought of his conversion that I almost don’t have the heart to break it to them that he said nothing in Thursday’s discussion that he hadn’t already said six years ago in "The God Delusion""
the  god  delusion  religion  agnosticism  paula-kirby  richard-dawkins  dawkins  atheism 
march 2012 by pw201
What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life? | World news | The Observer
An exchange between Dawkins and Will Hutton. D: "That doesn't mean religious people shouldn't advocate their religion. So long as they are not granted privileged power to do so (which at present they are) of course they should. And the rest of us should be free to argue against them. But of all arguments out there, arguments against religion are almost uniquely branded "intolerant". When you put a cogent and trenchant argument against the government's economic policy, nobody would call you "intolerant" of the Tories. But when an atheist does the same against a religion, that's intolerance. Why the double standard? Do you really want to privilege religious ideas by granting them unique immunity against reasoned argument?"
uk  secularism  politics  religion  dawkins  richard-dawkins  will-hutton 
february 2012 by pw201
The Sins of the Fathers - Richard Dawkins - -
Dawkins sez: "Yesterday evening I was telephoned by a reporter who announced himself as Adam Lusher from the Sunday Telegraph. At the end of a week of successfully rattling cages, I was ready for yet another smear or diversionary tactic of some kind, but in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined the surreal form this one was to take. I obviously can’t repeat what was said word-for-word (my poor recall of long strings of words has this week been highly advertised), and I may get the order of the points wrong, but this is approximately how the conversation went." Lusher says Dawkins's ancestors owned slaves and wonders whether D will make reparations. Bizarre and desperate.
adam-lusher  slavery  dawkins  richard-dawkins  journalism  newspapers  telegraph 
february 2012 by pw201
Atheists face Muslim-led censorship from UCL Union
The atheist society at UCL posted a Jesus and Mo cartoon as the image accompanying their Facebook event. One Muslim objected as the cartoon depicts Mohammed (what the Muslim was doing looking at the Facebook page for an atheist event isn't clear). The UCL student union got a complaint from someone and asked them to take it down. They refused. The story got picked up by atheist blogs and Dawkins Our Leader and hence the newspapers. The union backed down though there's still the vague threat in the air that the atheist soc might be guilty of bullying or harassment.

Hopefully the media attention has put the fear of God into the Union and they won't be so silly in future. Muslims do not have the right not to be offended.
richard-dawkins  dawkins  ucl  university  censorship  religion  islam 
january 2012 by pw201
A suggestion for Dr. Dawkins | Alethian Worldview
'Dr. Dawkins should challenge God to a debate. There should be an empty chair on a stage somewhere, and Dawkins should stand up beside it and say, “Well then, I believe that according to William Lane Craig’s rules of engagement, I am now entitled to declare that God is afraid to face me because He knows He’s wrong.”'
funny  religion  richard-dawkins  william-lane-craig  debate  god 
november 2011 by pw201
Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig | Richard Dawkins | Comment is free |
Dawkins now says he won't debate with Craig because Craig defends the genocide of the Canaanites in the Old Testament. Craig's views, like those of other evangelicals who share them, are pretty odious, but I don't quite see why that means Dawkins should not debate with Craig: "no platform" principles are there so people can't put forward their odious views, but a debate on the existence of God isn't likely to revolve around what God did to the Canaanites. I think I'd just prefer to say "Craig is a better public speaker, I'd lose" and offer to debate in written form.
richard-dawkins  william-lane-craig  debate  religion  philosophy 
october 2011 by pw201
Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim schools for stuffing children's minds with 'alien rubbish' - Telegraph
"He said that while he opposed faith schools as a whole, it was the Muslim ones that worried him the most." That seems reasonable: the C of E schools are mostly harmless, as far as I can tell: they accept evolution and don't examine the consequences for Christian doctrine too carefully.
evolution  religon  islam  richard-dawkins  dawkins  education  schools 
october 2011 by pw201
New Statesman - Faith no more
"Earlier this year, Andrew Zak Williams asked public figures why they believe in God. Now it’s the turn of the atheists – from A C Grayling to P Z Myers – to explain why they don’t "
atheism  richard-dawkins  philip-pullman  daniel-dennett  sam-harris 
july 2011 by pw201
God, Science and Philanthropy | The Nation
An interesting article on the history of the Templeton Foundation, the controversial foundation which provides grants to scientists interested in "the Big Questions".
templeton  dawkins  richard-dawkins  science  religion  intelligent-design 
june 2010 by pw201
Why the New Atheists Failed, and How to Defeat All Religious Arguments in One Easy Step
A neat summary of Luke's problem with Dawkins, and what he thinks is a better argument against theistic explanations. Youtube video with a transcript (hurrah).
richard-dawkins  dawkins  atheism  religion  philosophy  explanation 
may 2010 by pw201
Arresting comedy « Open Parachute
Graham Lineham (Father Ted, Black Books) on what would happen if Dawkins and Hitchens actually arrested the Pope.
pope  dawkins  hitchens  funny  arrest  graham-lineham  richard-dawkins  christopher-hitchens 
april 2010 by pw201
'Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI' by Marc Horne - TimesOnline -
Dawkins Our Leader: "Needless to say, I did NOT say "I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI" or anything so personally grandiloquent. You have to remember that The Sunday Times is a Murdoch newspaper, and that all newspapers follow the odd custom of entrusting headlines to a sub-editor, not the author of the article itself. What I DID say to Marc Horne when he telephoned me out of the blue, and I repeat it here, is that I am whole-heartedly behind the initiative by Geoffrey Robertson and Mark Stephens to mount a legal challenge to the Pope's proposed visit to Britain."
richard-dawkins  pope  catholic  abuse  children  ratzinger  law  uk  politics  dawkins 
april 2010 by pw201
Heresy Corner: A Reading from the Book of Dawk
This is hilarious: "And some of the disciples said, O Dawk, our anger is not mixed against thee, but against thy servant Josh, who hath offended us. But others said, Hath not the Dawk deserted us? Come, let us depart the land of Dawk and hearken unto some other prophet, for the Dawk loveth not his people."
richard-dawkins  drama  internet  forum  atheism  funny  parody  dawkins 
march 2010 by pw201
'An Apology' by Richard Dawkins -
Dawkins apologises for the forum drama: "I would like to start by apologising for our handling of this situation. We have not communicated well with our forum volunteers and users (for example in my insensitive 'Outrage' post, which was written in the heat of the moment). In the process we have caused unintended hurt and offence, and I am very sorry about that. In a classic case of a vicious circle, some of the responses to our announcement also caused considerable hurt and distress to us, and in the atmosphere of heightened emotion that followed, some of our subsequent actions went too far. I hope you will understand the human impulses that led to this, and accept my apology for them. I take full personal responsibility."
drama  internet  dawkins  richard-dawkins  atheism 
march 2010 by pw201
The Richard Dawkins Foundation net forum (RDF) self-destructs -- yet another big atheist board immolates itself
The Dawkins site maintainer decided to re-do their forums. The existing (volunteer) moderators were annoyed that all old comments would be lost and that their positions as mods been done away with without a word of thanks. Maintainer responded to criticism (and to attempts to organise a move to another site) by wielding the banhammer all over the place. Dawkins responds with a post exhibiting no clue about the politics of web forums and what the existing forum users were upset about. Therefore God exists.

This will, I suspect, run and run: the Graun and the Times have already picked up on it with some glee.

Remember: if you post something you think is worthwhile to a forum, keep your own copy.
lolatheists  dawkins  richard-dawkins  internet  drama  atheism  forum 
february 2010 by pw201
Richard Norman - Beyond belief
Richard Norman on the "New Believers": Terry Eagleton, Karen Armstrong and such like, the people who say religion is not remotely about believing stuff. "I cannot see how, in the end, a distinctive religious identity can be possible unless it is based on the acceptance of at least some non-metaphorical factual beliefs – beliefs about the existence of a personal deity and about how his intentions and purposes explain our world. Those beliefs do, inescapably, need to be rationally defended. And they can’t be. On that point, certainly, Dawkins is right."
richard-norman  belief  religion  karen-armstrong  terry-eagleton  eagleton  richard-dawkins 
november 2009 by pw201
Give us your misogynists and bigots
Dawkins on the Poaching Pope. "Whether one agrees with him or not, there is a saintly quality in the Archbishop of Canterbury, a benignity of countenance, a well-meaning sincerity." How strident!
richard-dawkins  catholicism  religion  christianity  anglicanism  pope 
october 2009 by pw201
Triple negatives and Conservapedia’s support for Hitler « Gowers’s Weblog
Gowers shows that Conservapedia's article on Richard Dawkins proves that Conservapedia is evil, using MATHS.
funny  mathematics  maths  conservapedia  richard-dawkins  morality 
october 2009 by pw201
Tragic hero: Laurie Taylor interviews Terry Eagleton | New Humanist
"Listen. If Dawkins has emancipated people, freed them from the religious closet as it were, then all credit to him. Loath as I might be to compare Dawkins to Jesus Christ, in this he resembles the heroic figure in the New Testament who comes to sweep away all the fetishism and sickness and cynicism of the neurotic religionists."
religion  atheism  eagleton  philosophy  christianity  humanism  marxism  catholic  dawkins  terry-eagleton  richard-dawkins 
july 2009 by pw201
Liberalism and tolerance and Terry Eagleton
What are the limits of liberal tolerance? "Liberalism isn't an agreement that we all shut up and say nothing nasty about each other; it is not an agreement that we cease to regard our own respective worldviews as superior to others on offer; it is merely an agreement that we stop trying to get our hands on the levers of state power for the purpose of imposing our worldviews by coercion."
dawkins  eagleton  liberalism  russell-blackford  terry-eagleton  richard-dawkins  politics  islam  religion  tolerance 
may 2009 by pw201

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