Sunday, February 12, 2006

 

Richard Dawkins - The Root of All Evil? (Audio Interview)

[This post also appears here in the Main Blog]

['Point of Inquiry' Radio Show, 10th Feb '06]

"...In this interview with DJ Grothe, he [Dawkins] discusses his newest work, a two-part documentary series for British television entitled The Root of All Evil?, in which he challenges what he calls 'the process of non-thinking called faith'..."

While disagreeing with Dawkins' perception of how evolutionary changes occur I do feel he has something to say regarding 'faith'. Not least because belief in a theory can have similar origins to belief in a God - I'm reminded of this every time someone says "Evolution does this.." or "Natural Selection does that.."!

And for anyone arguing alternative or new explanations contrary to perceived wisdom it can be useful to understand the nature of the resistance encountered:

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

(The Art of War, Chapter 3:14, Sun Tzu Wu, 536-496 BC)

Some of the issues Dawkins raises also have a particular topical relevance:

Evolution: The Horse Whisperer, Richard Dawkins, and Danish Cartoons

John Latter

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