Neil DeGrasse Tyson Challenges Dawkins’s Confrontationalism

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Challenges Dawkins’s Confrontationalism May 5, 2013

This is a great video from way back. In it Neil DeGrasse Tyson effectively gets across the point that you need to combine your mastery of the facts with sensitivity to how the others’ minds work if you are going to be persuasive to them, rather than just put them off with confrontationalism and dismissiveness. Dawkins then hilariously makes the point that he’s not as bad as one could be in this regard.

While he’s not perfect, I think Dawkins stays more within the bounds of fair game civility than is acknowledged, as I illustrated by analyzing his much misrepresented Reason Rally Speech.

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