"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Richard Dawkins - Speaks in Lynchberg Virginia

PART 1: Richard Dawkins reads excerpts from The God Delusion and answers questions at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006. This Q&A features many questions from Jerry Falwell's Liberty "University" students.

PART 2: Richard Dawkins reads excerpts from The God Delusion and answers questions at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006. This Q&A features many questions from Jerry Falwell's Liberty "University" students.

I found the second video where Professor Dawkins takes questions from the audience to be the most interesting. So, if you have time, watch at least the second video. You will be glad that you did.


"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry." - Richard Dawkins



Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Only what we see is real - yet we see so much that is unreal, bad acting and not just on tv. So we cannot trust our eyes you see, for how can we know for sure what we see is real or unreal, true or false - put our finger on the pulse

Death, suffering, pain, disease, greed, selfishness, killing are they the only reality (or illusion)
Birth, kindness, selflessness, joy, pleasure, happiness are they reality or just fleeting illusion

Somewhere between the two states we oscillate - is there a right or wrong in the eye of the beholder it appears both are equally strong.

14/12/06 2:38 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

We can test for the natural world. No test that I am aware of, for the existence of the supernatural world.

14/12/06 2:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Lynchburg, Virginia. Had I been aware Dawkins was in my own state I would've gone to hear him (its about a 4 hour drive). But now I can just watch from my own computer. Thanks.

15/12/06 3:04 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE darwin:

Virginia has got to be a tough act for an atheist, agnostic or a skeptic.

Yeah, I spelt Lynchburg incorrectly in the title, but ok in the text. I gotta learn to spell check.

I think if I went to the states for a holiday, I would need to stay out of the bible belt. Frankly, the place scares the crappola out of me.

Similar thing happens in small towns around australia. People get fixed in their ways, they are very insular and change happens extremely slowly...

If I go back to my smallish hometown, I am always appalled at what is considered fact. It is like they live in a timewarp.

15/12/06 10:10 am  
Blogger Tommy said...

I watched that several times on C-Span. The Q&A segment was a little annoying because apparently the lights were shining so brightly on Dawkins that he could not see his questioners, and he kept having to walk to the edge of the stage and use his hand to shield his eyes from the light.

15/12/06 3:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some places in rural Virginia where you wouldn't want to wear your "God is dead" T-shirt, that's for sure, but in the larger metropolitan areas around DC, Richmond and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area its not so much a problem. Few people to agree with you, but they aren't going to set you on fire either.

16/12/06 3:37 am  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Darwin's right. Even in Bible belted parts of the U.S., there're always folks of reason, or at least tolerance, to be found and appreciated. Why, the inimitable Coturnix lives, works and breathes in "God's Own Country" of North Carolina.

Alas, such truths are the kind o' things which feed the feeble imaginations of those who say that naught is truly knowable.

Dawkin's rocks!

Oh yeah, and you've been tagged, Ms. It's Me.

Happy Holidays!

18/12/06 3:31 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE michael

Ok, ty :)

18/12/06 4:58 pm  
Anonymous Art said...

I realise it's two years after this blogpost was put up but just wanted to say... yeah. it's tough being an atheist in lynchburg. and who said you can't wear a "god is dead" shirt here? I wear extremely atheists quotes all the time. if we hide... especially here in the depths of hell... then we'll have to continue hiding longer than we would like. so screw the secrecy. if fallwell's little zombies want to pick a fight then they got one. then we'll see who's really ready to die for our freedom... sorry. a little miffed about our town's blind patriotism as well.

22/5/09 4:54 pm  

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