This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Dawkins speaks to overflow Fairbanks audience about humans, religion

Thanks to Simon for the link
Original link

-FAIRBANKS — It was a full house at the 900-plus seat Charles W. Davis Concert Hall on Thursday night as famed atheist, writer and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins took the stage to a standing ovation.

Outside, men attempted to hand religious pamphlets titled “God’s Bridge to Eternal Life” to people hurrying to get in the door. More than a hundred people who were turned away at the door were taken to an overflow room in the Gruening Building to watch the lecture on TV screens, while a live web feed was provided for those watching online.

For an hour, Dawkins explained his theories about the evolutionary advantages and disadvantages of belief in a deity.

He started the evening with a question: “Religion. What is it good for?”

Dawkins quickly ran through three possible explanations for religion’s existence: wish fulfillment; the social functionalist theory that religion sustains social order; and the intellectualism argument that religion attempts to answer questions. While these ideas are interesting, he said, they do not explain why religion exists.

Dawkins then explored his theory that genes propagate for the good of themselves. Behaviors and adaptations do not have to benefit the animal, the colony or the species, but need only to be good for the genes’ copies, Dawkins said. However, mistakes happen in nature and are sometimes passed on endlessly.
... Continue reading

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES


RELATED CONTENT

Planet of the apes

Stephen Cave - Financial Times Comments

What we really know about our evolutionary past – and what we don’t

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 25 - 26...

- - Ancestors Trail Walk Comments

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 26 AUGUST 2012 - event begins on Saturday 25 August

Astrophysicists simulate 14 billion...

Liat Clark - Wired.co.uk Comments

Astrophysicists simulate 14 billion years of cosmic evolution in high resolution

Study casts doubt on human-Neanderthal...

Alok Jha - The Guardian Comments

Cambridge scientists claim DNA overlap between Neanderthals and modern humans is a remnant of a common ancestor

Why do organisms build tissues they...

- - Science Blog Comments

Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose?

New flat-faced human species possibly...

Charles Choi - CBS News Comments

Four decades ago, in 1972, the Koobi Fora Research Project discovered the enigmatic fossilized skull known as KNM-ER 1470 which ignited a now long-standing debate about how many different species of early Homos existed.

MORE

MORE BY DOROTHY CHOMICZ

MORE

Comments

Comment RSS Feed

Please sign in or register to comment