Richard Dawkins’ Speech at the American Atheists Convention 2009

Something to watch this Sunday evening :)

(via RichardDawkins.net)

  • «bønez_brigade»

    Already seen it (like, a week ago). ;]
    It looks like they edited out the part where the lights started screwing around (~39m10s); which is a good thing, in that it will prevent some religiclowns from using it for nefarious purposes.

  • atomjack

    Aww, it croaked at about 21 minutes in. I’ll go to his site later to “mine” the rest. Quite interesting.

  • EndUnknown

    That ‘document’ was Douglas Adams level funny

  • emily

    this is kind of like a mini recap of the god delusion. i wasn’t planning on watching the whole hour, but i got sucked in.

  • Tony Boling

    I hate watching Q&A’s because no matter how intelligent the audience should be you always get people wording questions in an immature way. The third guy asking a question about creationists “cleverly” states that he just calls them morons….REALLY? In a situation where you’re supposed to be debating logically, you’re going to throw out an Ad Hominum attack? It’s not isolated either, you always see this and it bugs the crap out of me.

    Of course you could say that he’s at an atheist convention so he should feel safe to express himself however he wants to but this is being video taped! It’s GOING to end up on the internet and it’s not a private or closed conversation. It makes us all look like immature hateful people and if we keep it up we won’t be reaching that critical mass that Dawkins talks about.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    I thought it was a good talk. One thing struck me in his list of 4 barriers to being visited by aliens.

    1. origin of life very hard to arise
    2. technological life hard to arise
    3. technological life short-lived
    4. technological life won’t bother to visit

    I think a 5th one may well be that there are insurmountable technical challenges for space travel that would bar any visitations no matter how smart or motivated the aliens.

  • dfledermaus

    I think a 5th one may well be that there are insurmountable technical challenges for space travel that would bar any visitations no matter how smart or motivated the aliens.

    That wouldn’t stop them from sending out detectable radar, radio, tv and other signals as we do. You never know who might be doing a warrentless wiretap on us at this very moment.
    :)

  • http://www.timetomarket.co.uk Peter Bowler

    It’s a pity that he waited for the John Lennox stage of his speech before the multimedia part of his presentation really took off. In particular the Einstein references benefited from the PowerPoint treatment.
    Peter


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