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Ragnar0kk's Avatar Comment 1 by Ragnar0kk

sweet love the Dawkins audio!

[though i must admit Alan Combs is an absolute tool and career doormat for the bible thumping Sean Hannity]

edit: To clarify i have no problem with Alan Combs, he is a reasonable person. However, the character that he plays on the fictional and blatantly biased news program "Hannity & Combs" is a veritable punching bag for the pompous and ignorant Sean Hannity (who happens to be one of the stupidest commentators in the history of television).

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:44:00 UTC | #136453

Matt H.'s Avatar Comment 2 by Matt H.

I seem to remember Alan Colmes being VERY reasonable when Richard was on his show last year. Some may remember it for featuring a few infamous callers, many refusing to accept evolution, one going as far to say if he didn't believe in a god, he would go out and kill people.

I'll listen to this new one with interest. Thanks.

Edit: Wow, I'm about half way through, I nearly splurted out my drink when Richard swore! The only other time I've ever heard him swear was at Beyond Belief 06, I think, and then he was only quoting someone else! Heh heh, was so funny though, swearing on Fox Radio!

Edit 2: Finished. It was a shame about the behaviour of some of the callers, but I guess the filtering people wanted to keep things interesting. Only one creationist though, so that's promising. And as for the woman who thinks Americans don't have a constitutional right to insult.... haha!

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:54:00 UTC | #136458

bokke2007's Avatar Comment 3 by bokke2007

haha RD said "bullsh*t". awesome! that creationist retard got exactly what he deserved.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:27:00 UTC | #136473

ricey's Avatar Comment 4 by ricey

One caller asked "Why is Christianity the religion? How come it has survived and no-one has been able to usurp it?"

Glad Richard finally got the point across that religion is regional; like body colour and height, etc.

Dosen't say much for Fox's listening public - thought the host was good though, so listen if you haven't heard it yet.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:40:00 UTC | #136481

Epinephrine's Avatar Comment 5 by Epinephrine

I'm surprised RD didn't smack down the "why are we still talking about Jesus" moron a little faster. He could have made him sound pretty stupid by asking him if he's heard of Heracles, and asking why that particular myth is also still around, and pointing out that Vishnu, Mohammed, Indra and many other myths are likewise still prevalent, and that it doesn't make any of them true.

Oh, and the poor uppity little old lady who was so offended that Dawkins feels that intelligent people wouldn't be religious. He's implying she's stupid! And she clearly isn't, because she prays with doctors! How can a doctor be stupid?!?

My goodness, the number of well educated morons I've met... in case you are reading this, little old religious lady:

Education doesn't indicate or even correlate that well with intelligence. There are many very bright people with no formal education, and many very well educated people with little intelligence.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:46:00 UTC | #136483

greenlol's Avatar Comment 6 by greenlol

Terrific stuff from RD as usual. One thing troubles me slightly. He was clearly losing patience very quickly with the callers and going on these shows he maybe needs to stick to the incredible politeness that he is famous for. It is quite understable that he feels fit to explode; after all there is SUCH a gulf in his position on god, religion and the like and the position of people who say they believe in that stuff.

One more thing ... for an American radio host I thought he was almost reverential to RD.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:08:00 UTC | #136500

pkruger's Avatar Comment 7 by pkruger

Richard was at his intellectual, charming and eloquent best here. Among his highlights was his hitting the nail on the head description of creationists insistence that "No transitional fossils exist!"

Colmes was ok, seemed to like to listen to himself talk somewhat more than he should have, but his tussle with Zelda about "it's completely constitutional to be offensive" was priceless.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:10:00 UTC | #136501

Linda's Avatar Comment 8 by Linda

Richard,
You are running out of patience with those that IMO seem more like feral animals than intelligent, inquisitive humans. Thanks for this fun interview. It made me laugh.
Best, LindaWS

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:11:00 UTC | #136502

knutsondc's Avatar Comment 9 by knutsondc

The lady who was "offended" by RD's comment didn't listen very well. RD said that studies showed a correlation between education and lack of religious belief. He also said that he suspected that Barack Obama, as an intelligent, modern, sophisticated person probably did not believe in the personal God of the church Obama attends. That's not the same as saying that people who attend church or synagogue cannot possibly be educated or intelligent, which is what the "offended" caller seemed to think RD was saying.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:14:00 UTC | #136507

ClemIsMe's Avatar Comment 10 by ClemIsMe

Wow. I mean, man, wow.

Given that talk radio is not what it was even a few years ago, and given that it was always populated by a certain almost predictable set of character types, you really have to stand in awe and wonder that they can dial phones. Humans, truly, are wonderful and complex creatures.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:17:00 UTC | #136512

AllanW's Avatar Comment 11 by AllanW

Yep, enjoyed that. Colmes was a good host (not too intrusive and not ignorantly provocative) so it went well.

The callers were hilarious; creationist got smacked down (bullshit! Spoken by Dawkins! lol), religiot got told he is only Christian because he was born in the US (basically) and the snobby jewish lady left in a huff! Classic!

Well done Richard.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:23:00 UTC | #136516

Quine's Avatar Comment 12 by Quine

I was very glad to hear Richard state clearly that Evolution is a fact and that Natural Selection is the theory of how it happened. This needs to be repeated as many times as needed to soak through their thick skulls.

(although, I did wince a bit when he said "sure as Hell")

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:29:00 UTC | #136520

forksmuggler's Avatar Comment 13 by forksmuggler

Well, I've completely changed my opinion of Alan Colmes. I loved when he called that lady out about our constitutional right to offend! Great interview.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:39:00 UTC | #136527

Big City's Avatar Comment 14 by Big City

I'm with forksmuggler, I didn't predict his personality at all.

Christians are their own worst enemies. They make complete fools of themselves at every opportunity.
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:33:00 UTC | #136551

JackR's Avatar Comment 15 by JackR

Man, it's hard listening to some of those callers. The woman who was banging on about god injecting a soul into man... how can they not see the giddying a priori assumptions in such a statement? What's a "soul"? Why is it necessary that a soul needs a god to inject it? And so on. These people, sadly, are simply not very bright. Not at all competent at thinking.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:43:00 UTC | #136557

GBart's Avatar Comment 16 by GBart

How does he stand that douchebag Hannity?

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:54:00 UTC | #136564

loki's Avatar Comment 17 by loki

Richard, This was really good fun to listen too!

I now know the basics of these arguments and have heard them many times. I need no convincing, however, I still listen to these programs because I enjoy it as a sort of intellectual gladiatorial ring. Where, the gladiators of reason have all the amour and sharp weapons and the poor religious gladiators have nothing.

Why is it that although the arguments are clearly won, people still either refuse to understand them or like myself feel the need to keep hearing them. I don't feel the need to re-affirm my understanding that the world is a sphere. Anyway, interesting and entertaining, Good one richard! comedy genius.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:12:00 UTC | #136573

monoape's Avatar Comment 18 by monoape

DIRTYDUNNZ, there's a key on your keyboard that says 'Caps Lock'. Touch it once. ;)

Great interview. Good interviewer. Wonderfully confused callers. Keep it up, Richard. Every one of us needs to call out this ignorance and you're providing an inspirational example.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:38:00 UTC | #136577

DetpackJump's Avatar Comment 19 by DetpackJump

Those callers were pretty special.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:54:00 UTC | #136579

notsobad's Avatar Comment 20 by notsobad

some random redneck:
"There are no transitional fossils.."

You just burnt them in your pick-up you fucking ignoramus.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:12:00 UTC | #136582

notsobad's Avatar Comment 21 by notsobad

Those callers were pretty special.

Just like Jesus would want it...

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:24:00 UTC | #136585

FightingFalcon's Avatar Comment 22 by FightingFalcon

There are days that I question Dawkins' tactics and whether they are the best way to go about eradicating - to paraphrase him - Bronze Age myths that continue to survive in the 21st Century.

Then there are moments like now when I remember the idiocy that we are up against and the only reaction that one can possibly have toward it.

A constitutional right to not be offended? No transitional fossils? Christianity wouldn't survive for 2000 years if it wasn't true? UGH!

I was, of course, waiting for Dawkins to point out that there are religions out there older than Christianity. By definition, don't they have to be true as well? After all, that caller was insinuating that the legitimacy of a belief system is based solely on its longevity.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:26:00 UTC | #136587

FinnHawk's Avatar Comment 23 by FinnHawk

THE MORMONS!!! That would have been one of the best examples to bring up to that guy's argument about Jesus and Christianity standing the test of time. Look how many Mormons believe that God spoke to Joseph Smith, and his stories about Jews travelling to North America and battling the Indians and Jesus visiting North America. And he only lived a few hundred years ago. Is it so hard to fathom that there were people like Joseph Smith living thousands of years ago and their "stories" could have survived and generated an even greater number of believers because at the time there was no media or printing press to document more accurately what ACTUALLY happened.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:32:00 UTC | #136591

Coelacanth's Avatar Comment 24 by Coelacanth

Great show! I too recall the last Colmes interview with Dr. Dawkins (I think it was in the fall of '06). Anyone who listened to that show will certainly remember the nutcase who said that he would kill his neighbor if there was no god. The old lady who tried to rationalize faith and reason by saying that "god injected a soul somewhere along the way" is probably referring to Pope Pius XII's encyclial "Humani Generis" (1950) where he postulates this idiotic idea. I was raised catholic and even attended catholic seminary in the Vatican for six years. My own experience testifies that it is impossible for faith and reason to coinicide on any scientific question. Pope Pius XII's lame attempt to reconcile the two falls flat on its face. The same holds true for the late Pope John Paul II in his masterpiece of obscurification entitled "Fides et Ratio".

Colmes is a great interviewer and you have to feel sorry for him for being Sean Hannity's foil character on the blatantly biased Hannity and Colmes show. I hope Fox News pays him well for all the crap he has to put up with from Sean.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:57:00 UTC | #136595

Koreman's Avatar Comment 25 by Koreman

Excellent. It's a pity is that logic and arguments don't seem to affect certain people. I guess it's not cool to realize that your life has been run by parental superstition, con artists with nice salaries, and records of prehistorical schizophrenics.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:00:00 UTC | #136597

animavisual's Avatar Comment 26 by animavisual

That last caller was something else.
It's as if he's never heard of a historic precedent for politicians to use religion as a means to control people...but I suppose that comes from a lifetime of reading doctored textbooks that would make the North Korean authorities blush.

It's also great to see Professor Dawkins loosening up a bit in interviews. At least by the sound of his voice, it seems he's having more fun.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:07:00 UTC | #136599

chuckg's Avatar Comment 27 by chuckg

This was the first time I've heard Alan by himself. He's a great guy and very level headed, and it comes out perfectly when he's by himself. Put him with Hannity, and the avalanche of moronic drivel is so great, that Alan is overwhelmed. Alan needs to stiffen up his backbone and call the Fox morons out more often on the TV show.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:10:00 UTC | #136600

Quine's Avatar Comment 28 by Quine

You need to talk to these people in their own language. Richard should try telling them that rejecting the evidence for Evolution is like standing in the Smithsonian collection of Union/Confederate army artifacts and denying the civil war, only what the geologists and biologists have is thousands of times bigger.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:13:00 UTC | #136602

tony the coastie's Avatar Comment 29 by tony the coastie

Well done, Professor. This is more of what America needs. Some real nut jobs live in this country.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:18:00 UTC | #136604

Coelacanth's Avatar Comment 30 by Coelacanth

Response to Quine . . .

I think that Richard comes close to doing this in some other interview I heard. Instead of the Civil War he draws the analogy to the Roman Empire. Only a fool would suggest that there was never a Roman Empire in the face of all the archaeological eveidence we have.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 18:19:00 UTC | #136605