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[UPDATE 9/14] - VIDEO ADDED - Richard Dawkins on Newsnight, BBC2, Tues 13 Sept 2011 - Comments

scotsman2010's Avatar Comment 1 by scotsman2010

Excellent news, look forward to seeing Richard interviewed by Paxo.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:23:32 UTC | #870404

PERSON's Avatar Comment 2 by PERSON

Maybe the researchers will even come up with an original question? We'll see.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:26:01 UTC | #870406

Sjoerd Westenborg's Avatar Comment 3 by Sjoerd Westenborg

If BBC, RD.net or a user could upload it to youtube tomorrow, we in the Netherlands would be grateful.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:37:05 UTC | #870409

Crimbly's Avatar Comment 4 by Crimbly

Excellent, I'm looking forward to it.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:11:01 UTC | #870425

AtheistEgbert's Avatar Comment 5 by AtheistEgbert

I think Paxman might ask some awkward questions, and so I'll be interested in how critical he is.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:23:16 UTC | #870431

Sensible's Avatar Comment 6 by Sensible

RE:

If BBC, RD.net or a user could upload it to youtube tomorrow, we in the Netherlands would be grateful.

This Dutchman in Canada would be too.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:36:00 UTC | #870438

MilitantNonStampCollector's Avatar Comment 7 by MilitantNonStampCollector

I wonder will there be a religinut there for "balance". I doubt it.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:11:38 UTC | #870452

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 8 by DamnDirtyApe

Should be pretty good.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:20:52 UTC | #870458

Terrance's Avatar Comment 9 by Terrance

Looking forward to this. This book is more than a book for children. It is going to start a serious mainstream debate on the place religion has in schools.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:29:46 UTC | #870463

Robert Howard's Avatar Comment 10 by Robert Howard

I'm just wondering if Paxo will deploy the only interview technique he seems to know, ie asking the same stupid question over and over again. As he did with famously with Michael Howard and George Galloway.

I'm sure he's learned his lesson by now, but we should probably expect some questioning along the lines of, "Mr Daaawkins, your latest book is targeted at chiillldren. Is this an attempt by the atheist community to indoccctrinate young peeeoople?"

I look forward to the interview very much, and if Paxo is antagonistic, I'm sure Richard will make stuffing out of him. (sorry)

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:52:38 UTC | #870474

scotsman2010's Avatar Comment 11 by scotsman2010

Comment 9 by Terrance :

Looking forward to this. This book is more than a book for children. It is going to start a serious mainstream debate on the place religion has in schools.

That would be great if that happened. I hope it does. It's the battleground we should be fighting on.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:01:06 UTC | #870479

Reason Saves's Avatar Comment 12 by Reason Saves

Just thought I'd share that the very first time I heard of The God Delusion was when Richard was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on it. It was that interview that made me feel compelled to buy the book!

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:07:14 UTC | #870482

delToro87's Avatar Comment 13 by delToro87

Just thought I'd share that the very first time I heard of The God Delusion was when Richard was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on it. It was that interview that made me feel compelled to buy the book!

And as I recall it was a pretty fair interview, gave Richard ample opportunity to make his points without interrupting him. Challenged him on what he said, but that's what all good interviewers should do, but not in an antagonistic way, I felt. Definitely treated him differently to politicians, which is fair enough really.

Here is the link, should anyone wish to watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yENWf5ThIg4

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:12:20 UTC | #870487

StephenH's Avatar Comment 14 by StephenH

Fantastic news, i shall burn the midnight oil to watch this.

I like the Paxo style, i remember when he confronted Tony Blair on religion when Tony was still PM, and he ducked and weaved from giving much away

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:20:28 UTC | #870491

Paul the Pretentious's Avatar Comment 15 by Paul the Pretentious

Hmph, only for UK?

I wonder if I could just use proxies...

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:37:11 UTC | #870500

Chris Roberts's Avatar Comment 16 by Chris Roberts

I will endervour to have the interview on youtube tonight and I will post a link.

Don't know how long it will stay there though!

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:52:03 UTC | #870506

andersemil's Avatar Comment 17 by andersemil

I do. Just google it. Took me less than an hour.

Comment 15 by Paul the Pretentious :

Hmph, only for UK?

I wonder if I could just use proxies...

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:52:35 UTC | #870508

ridelo's Avatar Comment 18 by ridelo

I'm ready!

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:06:27 UTC | #870519

Robert Howard's Avatar Comment 19 by Robert Howard

Crap, he's up last. Never mind. Looks like it's going to be a live interview. Richard looking casual and relaxed.

Good luck, Prof.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:39:05 UTC | #870532

lackofgravitas's Avatar Comment 20 by lackofgravitas

May I humbly suggest this blog link? http://hurwi.net/blog/?p=28 And yes, there will be Youtube afterwards judging by the responses here.

This also aids folks in the UK to watch The Daily Show, and helps relay anonymous internet traffic from countries where censorship is a problem.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:00:24 UTC | #870536

Luke_B's Avatar Comment 21 by Luke_B

Well I thought Richard was excellent to be honest. Paxo was playing the devil's advocate but Richard managed to easily hop over all the attempts to trip him up and provided concise, intelligent and clear answers. Fair play.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:20:29 UTC | #870541

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 22 by Ignorant Amos

Well done Sir....very pleasant and concise exchange....IMO.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:20:35 UTC | #870543

Theycallmewonka's Avatar Comment 23 by Theycallmewonka

Had to jump on to BBC live to catch the interview, BBC Newsnight Scotland started at 11.00pm.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:21:17 UTC | #870544

AtheistEgbert's Avatar Comment 24 by AtheistEgbert

The point Paxman was trying to make was that stories contained emotional, moral and social elements, they're not simply ways to communicate facts. A story has a basic structure, it's not the same as scientific explanations, and that might make them uninteresting to children (of course I could be proved entirely wrong if the book succeeds!).

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:23:34 UTC | #870546

spectreslair's Avatar Comment 25 by spectreslair

missed it :(

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:25:32 UTC | #870547

warmaudiokingy's Avatar Comment 26 by warmaudiokingy

Dawkins made Paxman laugh!!! Very funny moment :-)

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:27:12 UTC | #870548

rpitchfo's Avatar Comment 27 by rpitchfo

Paxo's heart wasn't in it he obviously agreed fully with Richard.

You can keep your genesis thanks.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=crab+nebula&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=667&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=TzxoHZJVFwmjfM:&imgrefurl=http://www.nightskyastronomy.com/experiencing-hubble/video-6-the-crab-nebula-a-supernova-aftermath/&docid=DW7DOZq-r4f6bM&w=603&h=600&ei=lNhvTvLCK8Wr-QaD66WYCQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=948&vpy=170&dur=2808&hovh=224&hovw=225&tx=125&ty=127&page=1&tbnh=134&tbnw=135&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:28:07 UTC | #870549

Mark Jones's Avatar Comment 28 by Mark Jones

Paxo did a little piece describing religious myths as so much better than scientific truths, with which Richard ardently disagreed, and quite right too. Surely the truth is stranger than fiction? Myths can be enjoyable, often are, but they only really resonate when they tell us something true about life. Most often with ancient myths, the truths are just truths about the human condition; certainly not about reality apart from that, except accidentally so. Paxo played the myths as comfort card, which Richard acknowledged but said he preferred truth. Paxo called creationists stupid, and Richard agreed! But he wants to prevent children falling pray to such ignorance and stupidity.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:31:43 UTC | #870550

scotsman2010's Avatar Comment 29 by scotsman2010

Comment 27 by rpitchfo :

Paxo's heart wasn't in it he obviously agreed fully with Richard.

That came over. Paxo's smart enough to know that there's no real point trying to argue against such eminent sense and rational thinking as we get from Richard.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:39:28 UTC | #870554

Chris Roberts's Avatar Comment 30 by Chris Roberts

Uploading now

Should be done in about an hour (!?!?), so around 01:30 BST.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:28:30 UTC | #870564