Richard Dawkins Introduces Eugenie Scott at 2012 AAA Conference

Over the weekend, I was in Denver for the Atheist Alliance of America conference and Eugenie Scott, the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, was awarded with the (well-deserved) 2012 Richard Dawkins Award. While her speech isn’t yet available online, Dawkins’ introduction is:

Dawkins points out, kindly, that she’s too soft on religion even if she’s not religious herself (“She respects religion in a way that I do not”), but admits there are strategic reasons for taking that approach. It’s a slight detour from an otherwise full-of-praise introduction.

You can read my 2007 interview with Dr. Scott here. It’s kind of depressing how many of the same battles she talked about then we’re still fighting now, but combatting ignorance is a never-ending quest.

(via RDFRS)

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  • machintelligence

    I was there too (Hi Hemant!), but I was a little disappointed with her acceptance speech. It was a perfectly fine  “thank you”, but I guess I was expecting something like Dan Dennett’s 2007 acceptance speech “Good Reasons for ‘Believing’ in God”, which has to rank as one of the best ever. She certainly is a deserving recipient.

  • SadandAngry

    Wait, what?! The A+ fellowship is tearing into Dawkins at this moment, over on the other blog, for being a sexist pig yet here is Mr. Dawkins giving his award, in his name…..to a *gasp* WOMAN!!!!! HORRORS!

    Yes, look out ladies, this man is truly the scourge of females everywhere and is out to subjugate and keep you in the kitchen…..

    H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E-S…..in particular, Adam Lee.

    • SadandAngry

      In fact, when Adam was just called out on his hypocrisy of having sexist ads that featured scantily clad ladies on PPC advertising over at Daylight Atheism, his response was to feign ignorance and ban me for mentioning it. THIS, THIS is the face of the A+ movement. Banning, censorship and thought control. Oh yes, and moving the goal posts.

      As an atheist, I find this whole trend disgusting.

      • RobMcCune

        Well at least you can complain about your hurt feelings over here.

      • ImRike

         Don’t for get to mention that you asked him to ban you.

    • Patterrssonn

      Thanks for the testeria

    • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

      Why do I smell burning straw? Who let the troll have matches again?

  • Sam

    And it should be mentioned too, that apparently, after investigating PZ Myers, an investigator has found that PZ had two restraining orders taken out on him from former female students…..this, if true, should prove to be VERY interesting.

    • RobMcCune

      Why should it be mentioned? It’s completely off topic.

      • Sam

        But if true, the man is a real hypocrite, eh?

      • Patterrssonn

        I think it’s just Panty Sniffer trolling again.

  • RobMcCune

    Good to see Eugenie Scott get recognition for her work. And that Dawkins can put aside their differences, even if he spent a little too much time talking about it. Organizations like NCSE are important for battling ignorance.

  • Reginald Selkirk

     Dawkins: (“She respects religion in a way that I do not”)

    I share that sentiment. In particular, she supports accommodationism in ways that I do not: by using bad arguments that have been repeatedly refuted, and replying to questions with redirections rather than answers.


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