This. Is. Priceless.

This. Is. Priceless. June 25, 2013

Richard Dawkins goes stark, staring mad. Jump to 4:46.

I will be laughing about this for days. Tom McDonald, this one’s for you!

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  • Removed already?!?!

  • Gustave

    No good. Can’t see it. 🙁

  • This new 12th doctor has the worst intro of all of them. I do like the singing brains, though. “Memes! Memes! Memes! Memes!”

    But I believe the YouTube commenter put it best: “I’m afraid I can’t get involved in a debate on religion right now, I’m too busy tripping balls.”

    • His impression at the end of Squidward Tentacles playing a clarinet was spot on, though (though he’s playing an EWI, not a clarinet).

  • Stu


  • Ben Govero

    Am I the only one who is just hopelessly, utterly confused?

    • Diane


  • Gustave

    What was he voted or labelled recently? Most respected scientist? Most popular thinker? Oh well.

  • He is such a prodigal son who won’t come home.

  • Harry

    My brain is struggling to comprehend this. Either Richard Dawkins is on drugs or I am.

    • Diane

      I’m with you!

  • Luke Shea

    “Really, don’t all ideas boil down to the one I can take credit for? Now meditate on my giant face.”

  • For those of us unable to watch the video . . . what did he say?

  • Timothy Jones

    Who can argue with such airtight… ummm… that is, how could anyone deny the power of such, errr… hallucinogenic recorder playing?

    Okay, in charity, we should not laugh at those with mutations in the mind. They need understanding and compassion. And treatment from qualified professionals.

  • Chesire11

    Well…that was…ummm…well…

  • Julia K.

    It’s crucial to note that the genre of art here is a specific meme: seapunk. The checkerboard pattern, the early 90s-quality 3D modeling, the Greek columns, the sea creatures, the colors? Seapunk.

    More examples here:

    He says “If you contribute to the world’s culture through memes, they may live on intact long after your genes have dissolved in the common pool… I’d rather spread memes than genes anyway.” Then he proceeds to riff within the seapunk meme.

    IMO, seapunk is one of the more execrable trends that he could have chosen to spread, but there is indeed a method to his madness.

  • Rachel

    umm, huh???? What was that?????

  • Anyone else disturbed by the image of Dickie D. “spreading his genes” around?

    The “I’m addressing particularly dim children” tone is awesome, the cheesy music video lifts into orbit, but it’s the recorder solo that knocks it to Pluto.

    Man, I feel like I should go get baked and listen to Tales From Topographic Oceans.

    And WE’RE the dumb ones …

  • Sr. Dorcee

    And people actually clapped at the end??!! Utterly bizarre.

  • This is what it means to be “wise in your own eyes”

  • Ann Margaret Lewis

    Um…Did I just see a floating Dawkins head? What the…?

  • Flunking_retirement


  • Neil Leslie

    What. Was. That?

    • Mike

      He’s MAD!

  • Nordog6561

    Insane in the membrane.

  • Dan Li

    And.. he’s lost it. What an oddity.

  • Most interesting thing Dawkins has ever done, I’d say. He tries hard to achieve his *purpose*, which is to prove that there is no such thing as “purpose.” He is a living argument against himself.

  • Rocky Black

    Hey now we know who directed Miley Cyrus’ new video.

  • Jerrod K

    Who let Squidward on stage?

  • Zeke

    Wow, even as a Dawkins fan I must admit this is truly weird.

  • Katie in FL

    I kept waiting for David Byrne from The Talking Heads to come out in his giant “Stop Making Sense” suit.

  • Jack Quirk

    That poor man. We need to pray for him, and the people who applauded.

  • Steve

    Tragically, 7 people in the audience had seizures and were taken away in ambulances.

    But seriously, what the hell was with that? What concept was the supposed to illustrate? “Ah, I didn’t get that concept at all, until the acid trip of a music video popped up.”

  • SoftBatch

    I think the man has officially become a parody of himself.

  • Ron Van Wegen

    Do yourselves a favour! Read “Darwin’s Doubt” – the new examination of the Cambrian Explosion of Life by Steve Meyer. It will help you understand why Dawkins has lost “it”. He knows deep down that his whole life has been an attempt to justify a meme that is dying a slow and very undignified death. This video goes a long way to proving it.

  • L’Avocat

    Poor fashion choice. I love Hawaiian shirts, but it’s difficult to take anyone seriously when they’re wearing one. All I can think of is Margaritaville.

  • L’Avocat

    Dawkins’ Internet Meme Bad Acid Trip
    Your Argument is Irrelevant!!!

  • James H, London

    You know, at first, I just thought someone had hijacked some presentation footage. Then, after avoiding a migraine from the visuals, I saw the Dawk come out at the end of it, and play a Vangelis instrument, and I realised… [gulp] It’s real!

    As John McEnro used to say, ‘You cannot be serious!!!’

    He should have stuck to rap:

  • There’s an odd thing about the English: they seem less embarrassed by their own attempts to appeal to popular youth culture. Older Americans do it, but we know we’re just trying to steal their money or get them to swallow a difficult moral pill (like “Be Chaste!” or “Recycle!”), so we’re more shamefaced about the whole project. The English people seem to jump into it with unembarrassed enthusiasm.

  • Horne Fisher

    Considering the context: a Saatchi and Saatchi showcase for new directors, I suspect that the style of the video may have been intended ironically. It’s ’90s retro executed with modern processing power. The intention may have been to make it so outrageously ridiculous that it goes viral, thereby fulfulling Dawkin’s conception of a “meme” and allowing him to say “Yes, I looked stupid, but you’ve proved my point for me”.

    He plays stupid very naturally though. Evolved for it, one might say.

  • Cui Pertinebit

    Mutation in the mind.

    That’s a little on the nose, isn’t it?

  • Moochie

    What did I just witness? Is Dawkins playing a new Dr Who bad guy? >< Seriously. This is the very definition of Jumped the Shark(tm). Hedgehogs.

    • Joseph

      You’re right. This is the definition of “jumped the shark”.

  • oregon nurse

    “Legend Of A Mind”

    Timothy Leary’s dead.

    No, no, no, no, He’s outside looking in.

    I think Dawkins dropped some acid and thought he was channeling Leary

  • defiant12314

    he really is insane

  • Joseph

    I don’t know who to feel sorry for more: Dawkins or the audience who applauded him.

  • JP

    Wow. This reminds me so much of the Pokeman movie, many years back, that my dh insisted on us watching. At one point another adult friend leaned over and said “I told you not to drop the brown acid.”

  • Mike

    OMG I feel so sorry for him, he’s gone stark raving mad! Wow, what the hell happened to him? Maybe he should’ve debated WLC afterall.

  • Arthur

    Just watched this Bampot of a man and thought to myself -why -why -did he not enter Politics as Winston said long ago -Never in the field of common discussion did ONE man talk as much shite in ONE ten minute sentence-.Or as Einstein said Educated Intelligence is no Barrier to Stupidity-what a Tosser. To think he makes Millions oiy of talking this utter Bullshit.

  • Kevin Rice

    Dawkins had this particular “mutation in the mind” when watching the psychedelic brainwashing scene in the Ben Stiller movie Zoolander. “Ah! So that’s how you get people to believe what you want them to without the bother of formulating a decent argument or accepting the challenge of a debate with an intelligent, informed, competent opponent.”

    You must kill the Malaysian Prime Minister, Derek Zoolander! He believes in God and has doubts about Natural Selection through random mutation being the true and sole origin of the human species!

    Genes Genes Genes Memes Memes Memes – Obey my dog!