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Richard Dawkins & Daniel Dennett. Oxford, 9 May 2012

That was excellent, of course memes are real replicators! Hopefully Dan's new book will clear up some of the confusion surrounding them.

I especially enjoyed this personal anecdote of Richard's illustrating the importance of ridicule:

I myself was influenced. When I was an undergraduate I was rather taken, I'm ashamed now to admit, with Teilhard de Chardin and The Phenomenon of Man. And I was taken in by what Peter Medawar called that "tipsy, euphoristic prose-poetry which is one of the more tiresome manifestations of the French spirit". Um, so I was taken in by that and then I read Medawar's review of The Phenomenon of Man and was completely won over, I mean this witty take-down of this pretentious theologian and I realized gosh I'd been fooled, I'd been conned. So one of the things that I try to do when I do occasionally indulge in ridicule, is that I'm not actually trying to change the mind of a real died in the wool deeply religious person. I'm trying to change the mind of someone who's sitting on the fence and who hasn't really given it very much thought.

I'm now tweeting all the latest richarddawkinsdotnet videos @AtheistTube. Could rdfrs please suggest some more channels to add?

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