March 17, 2007

Fire Up The TiVo!

...So you can ignore the television for a couple of hours.

Now, Richard Dawkins has problems as a public speaker, sure. Like Noam Chomsky, he tends towards the dry. (Edit: I correct myself slightly: Chomsky's a desert, where Dawkins is, perhaps, the steppes. Bad metaphor. Scrap the whole thing and get back to point.) So the first of two videos here (his reading from The God Delusion at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006) may not be your cup of tea.

But the second...

The second is where he starts taking questions for the audience, and that's where things get interesting. It seems that some attendees of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University (students and staff) decided to attend the reading and stump the author with some real difficult questions during the Q&A session.

Apparently, what they consider "difficult questions" and what Mr. Dawkins considers "difficult questions" are quite different things...


It looks like another prayer study is hitting the rounds, this time coming out of Arizona State University. Until I see what methodology was used, I can't really comment on it, but considering how well the last major one did, I wouldn't hold out too much hope for a spiritual breakthrough here...


posted by Thursday at 12:30 am


Anonymous paddy said...

Nice blog, will add it to my list. Anybody who worships "Demon Haunted World" is a friend of mine!

2:11 am  
Blogger Thursday said...

Paddy -

Thanks for the comment, but you'll understand my reluctance to call reading Sagan "worship"... 8)

4:59 pm  
Anonymous paddy said...

Sorry, slip of the tongue...I meant "likes" or "respects" or something of that nature...

5:16 pm  

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