ELSEWHERE: Richard Dawkins Stirs More Controversy with ‘Mild Pedophilia’ Statements

Richard Dawkins is no stranger to controversy: the outspoken atheist's criticism of religion has ruffled many a theist's feathers. However, his latest controversial statements don't concern religion, but rather, the "mild pedophilia" he experienced as a schoolchild. Dawkins claims he experienced no "lasting harm" from the experience. Also, he can't condemn the abuse because "you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours." Dawkins has since been criticized by various … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Expelled for Atheists

Do you all remember that documentary Expelled with Ben Stein? If you don't, it was a pretty popular film explaining Intelligent Design. Well, atheist buddies Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion) and Lawrence Krauss (author of A Universe from Nothing) are making their own film called The Unbelievers and it seems to be arguing the polar opposite. Is it going to be any good? Stay tuned. … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: Why Memes Are Important (Part 2)

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads. The term meme was coined by biologist Richard Dawkins in 1976 to posit how evolutionary principles might apply to culture at large. In Dawkins’s definition, a meme (he was intentionally trying to coin a word that sounded like gene) is an idea, habit, or phrase we pass from person to person within culture. Dawkins proposed that this worked according … [Read more...]