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Go to: Tune in at 8pm, Australians!

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I am an Australian and like Glen Coulton was extremely disappointed at the way the interview was conducted. Refer to Glen's comments (Number 32). I protested strongly to ABC program manager in a letter reproduced below:

Andrew's interview with this highly respected evolutionary scientist was a disaster to say the least. Andrew did not prepare well and regurgitate silly questions not befitting the occasion and the intellect of his subject. Dawkins is used to precision as his profession demands. Unless supported by facts and requisite data, Richard will never make outlandish claims. For Andrew to waste precious time to ask Dawkins to define "wisdom", "love" and asking for his star sign and what Richard sees when he looks into the mirror is sheer stupidity. The result is a highly agitated Richard commenting that Andrew can look at the dictionary definition of those words. At one stage Richard asked for the program to be cut and expressed disbelieve that Andrew continued to plug on with his well worn silly questions. I enjoyed many of Andrew's previous interviews but this one fails to elicit the illuminating responses that the famous author and scientist is capable of providing to viewers.It is a great shame to have wasted the opportunity to hear what Richard has to say about controversial topics on religion, science, creationism, intelligent design etc. I am greatly disappointed that on this occasion, the ABC has failed us and Andrew neglected to do enough research to learn more about Richard and asking the pertinent questions rather than spewing out those standard questions that he used on numerous occasions. One size doest not fit well for someone with the stature of Richard Dawkins.

I am awaiting a response from the ABC which depends on Australian tax payers for financial support.

Sun, 10 Jan 2010 13:22:00 UTC | #430697

Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins

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Quoting Professor Dawkins: " Base your belief on evidence. Don't base it on faith, revelation, tradition or authority."

What a knock-out blow! All dyed in the wool faith heads, without exception, surrender reason to "faith, revelation, tradition or authority" for their dogged belief of a divine deity.

I find this argument pretty potent and disconcerting to my Christian friends who want to appear intelligent and educated.

Sat, 26 Jan 2008 23:37:00 UTC | #111142

Go to: Debate between Christopher Hitchens and Alister McGrath

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Hitch is truly a master debater - unflappable, incisive, quick thinking, a collossal memory from which he effortlessly draws his points of rebuttle - I wish him many many more years of good health and intellectual brilliance to fight the atheist's cause.

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 04:19:00 UTC | #75671

Go to: Christopher Hitchens - God Is Not Great

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It is wonderful to learn that Hitchen's book is a runaway seller in so many countries including Australia where I live. However, to my great chagrin, Hitchen mentioned that his book is banned in Malaysia, probably the first Muslim country to have done so.

I have lived in Malaysia for many years and am quite surprised by the ban, being a moderate Islamic country with many inherited British institutions (although many have been watered down, like the independence of the judiciary, political jerry meandering, racism against the Chinese). It just shows how insecure the Islamists are feeling against the onslaught of rationalist thinking.

I am sure Singapore, a much more progressive country does not have a ban. Hence, you can be sure many educated Malaysians (especially those not of the Muslim faith) can still access a copy of the book by just making a short trip across the causeway.

I think the Malaysian government has by banning the book, inadvertently make it a best seller in Malaysia.

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 04:53:00 UTC | #52022

Go to: The God Delusion - Dawkins Feature

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Having read both TGD and the more recent best seller "God is not GREAT" , I do not think RD has been vicious or "Vitriolic" as asserted by Michael Ruse. In fact it is milder in tone compared to CH's book although both books are master pieces. RD did say that his adjective laden discription of god is meant to be comical although still soundly based. Religion should not be treated with the velvet glove. Period.

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 01:38:00 UTC | #47783

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