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Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss sat down for a public discussion at Stanford University on Sunday, March 9th 2008. The focus was on Science education, but the discussion also covered religion, physics, evolution and more. This video will be released on DVD soon at RichardDawkins.net , along with other new unmoderated discussions with Richard Dawkins.
reposted from: Richard Dawkins.net You will also find the Q&A that followed at Richard's site.




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This was great. I especially liked when Lawrence and Richard were talking about how their approach to promoting reason and science are different, attract different types of people, and compliment each other. Finally none of the "whaa whaa what you do does nothing but push people away" rhetoric some atheists and free-thinkers accuse Dawkins (and others of).

The question and answer sections are rather enjoyable for those that liked the video.

Dawkins talking about the purpose of existence was quite good.

RedSeven,

I fully agree wtih you but have to give you crap: wink I think Dawkins would say that attributing a purpose to this existance is faulty reasoning, and is why many fall into the Intelligent Design trap. In Dawkins' view, the universe has no motive. grin

But I know what you mean. I just find it funny that that sort of thinking is 100% human. We are tools users. We see things and our minds and tool using hands and forward facing eyes think 'what can I make with it'. If the thing we see is organized in some way, we think "why was it organized, what does it do".

We are hive-living tool making naked monkeys whose perception has been optimized to survive in a very narrow band of this universe's reality.

Oh yeah,

Norm, this was great, THANK YOU! This kind of open discussion is so rare in this world.

We are hive-living tool making naked monkeys whose perception has been optimized to survive in a very narrow band of this universe's reality.

Even the brightest of humans can be ignorant of how preprogrammed their brains are.

One of my interests in school was evolutionary Psychology. The study of how the mind works based on the study of the environment in which it evolved. I can't say I ever found that much in this line of study, except a few articles, but I think its an avenue that deserves more attention. There is allot to be learned.

I should have said, "the purpose of existence" in quotes. I think he would acknowledge it exists as a topic of discussion.

R7,

Very cool. I've been interested in evo psy for the last few years as well, although only recently learned its name. I personally think that a good understanding of it could help our world greatly.

As you say, "Even the brightest of humans can be ignorant of how preprogrammed their brains are."

Love this quote. *8) So so SO true.

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