One More Pause in the Blog Inaction

Those of you who enjoyed (or even did not enjoy) Richard Dawkins’ last series of British television shows called “The Root of all Evil?” might be keen to know that his latest, “The Enemies of Reason,” is available for the time being on Google video.




A summary:

In his last Channel 4 series, Root of All Evil?, the evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins explored how organised faith and … all » primitive religious values blight our lives.

But the fault line runs deeper even than religion. There are two ways of looking at the world – through faith and superstition or through the rigours of logic, observation and evidence – in other words, through reason. Reason and a respect for evidence are precious commodities, the source of human progress and our safeguard against fundamentalists and those who profit from obscuring the truth.

Yet, today, society appears to be retreating from reason.

Apparently harmless but utterly irrational belief systems from astrology to New Age mysticism, clairvoyance to alternative health remedies are booming.

Richard Dawkins confronts what he sees as an epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking…

He explains the dangers the pick and mix of knowledge and nonsense poses in the internet age, and passionately re-states the case for reason and science.

If your chakras bristle at such a thing, so very sorry indeed. Perhaps you could use the magical mystical hocus-pocus of “The Secret” to wish Dawkins away.

Or, say, prayer even.

(via Pharyngula)

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