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robotaholic's Avatar Comment 1 by robotaholic


Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:43:00 UTC | #350074

Metch's Avatar Comment 2 by Metch

Praise Dawkins! Actually, don't.. just respect him because he's brilliant.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:51:00 UTC | #350077

zpiff's Avatar Comment 3 by zpiff

Nice one! It's been a few good days! And as long as Ratzi wears "the silly hat" we're in for some good PR!! :)

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:56:00 UTC | #350078

Max of Earlobes's Avatar Comment 4 by Max of Earlobes

Well done, Richard.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 11:58:00 UTC | #350081

Kennedyc27's Avatar Comment 5 by Kennedyc27


Sun, 19 Apr 2009 12:46:00 UTC | #350090

MaxD's Avatar Comment 6 by MaxD

A very nice talk. One thing I like about Dawkins is that he isn't terribly canned. Hitchens gets repetitive rather quickly, but Harris and Dawkins often vary things up and keep it fresh.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 12:57:00 UTC | #350092

Chris Davis's Avatar Comment 7 by Chris Davis

Cool shirt!

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 12:57:00 UTC | #350093

lucascantor's Avatar Comment 8 by lucascantor

Some good new stuff here.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:04:00 UTC | #350094

kram50's Avatar Comment 10 by kram50

I truly believe that the fundies will mushroom their cause into a world ending effort before critical mass gains enough strength to bring us into a major paradigm shift...I hope I'm wrong!!

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:26:00 UTC | #350097

root2squared's Avatar Comment 9 by root2squared

Haha...loved the ending.


Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:26:00 UTC | #350096

Diacanu's Avatar Comment 11 by Diacanu


So long as there's life, there's hope.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:37:00 UTC | #350099

helen sotiriadis's Avatar Comment 12 by helen sotiriadis

highly interesting.... and what an ending:


thank you, richard!

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:40:00 UTC | #350100

Amnis73's Avatar Comment 13 by Amnis73

Damn, Chris Davis you beat me to it!

Yet again, Professor Dawkins is a breath of fresh air.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:40:00 UTC | #350101

Wosret's Avatar Comment 14 by Wosret

Now that he is retired, I wonder if he dresses like he is on vacation everyday!

This was a great lecture, it had some fresh stuff, which I love to see. Wish they had more time for questions though.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:41:00 UTC | #350103

NewEnglandBob's Avatar Comment 15 by NewEnglandBob

Too bad he had to eliminate his part 4 discussion and cut short the Q & A. Another hour would have been fantastic.

It seems that RD is basing his 'belief' (his word) on the level of non-theistic sentiment in the US on personal observation. I also wish that there is at least a significant minority of people who are not theistic, but I have not seen studies with data to back it up. Can anyone point to such studies?

UPDATE: another thread "The Silent Minority" addresses this.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:55:00 UTC | #350108

kram50's Avatar Comment 16 by kram50


I hope I,m still around to see how it all turns out! In the meantime, I have this overwhelming urge to fast forward everything by shaking the delusion out of "the deluted". I find it very frustrating to witness, nonstop, the ignorance of people in the position of influence and leadership, like Bush and Blair,...I can't remember where I saw this lately, but the stats show that I.Q. goes down as the intensity of belief goes up. Well, take that for what it's worth.

I would be very happy to see someone who is a non-believer run for president of the U.S., and, engage in a highly knowledgable run for office...answering all the questions, showing all the evidence, bringing the secular cause to a new level. Ya, I know the chances of getting elected, but I think it is needed in a big way. Maybe the critical mass will get a big bust.

Good job by Richard as usual.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 14:26:00 UTC | #350122

jonathanlman's Avatar Comment 17 by jonathanlman

I love it! I live in Atlanta too, I wish I would've known about this. Next time!

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 14:30:00 UTC | #350126

Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 18 by Rawhard Dickins

The universe is a sub-atomic particle.

..but don't tell anyone.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 14:47:00 UTC | #350133

anthonzi's Avatar Comment 19 by anthonzi

The Quicktime host is, uh, extremely slow...

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 14:59:00 UTC | #350146

Jeff (HandyGeek) Handy's Avatar Comment 20 by Jeff (HandyGeek) Handy

"The Quicktime host is, uh, extremely slow..."

Same here. I'm about to give up on it and just watch the YouTube version.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:13:00 UTC | #350151

Tzsak's Avatar Comment 21 by Tzsak

Watched the first part, very entertaining~

Thanks for the upload.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:14:00 UTC | #350152

Thomas Byrne's Avatar Comment 22 by Thomas Byrne

Love the shirt.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:14:00 UTC | #350153

Thomas Byrne's Avatar Comment 23 by Thomas Byrne

I'm much further into it now.
I'm glad to see he elucidated what really went on with his debate with Lennox.
I knew that Mel one was up to something.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:59:00 UTC | #350164

Tack's Avatar Comment 24 by Tack isn't responding for me at all. :(

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 16:10:00 UTC | #350169

huzonfurst's Avatar Comment 25 by huzonfurst

I said it before:

What's the opposite of Einstein£

Ben Stein!

PS: He wore the same shirt in Phoenix during the Origins Symposium on April 6th, and apologized for the informality by explaining that he rarely has the chance to wear it in the weather typically found back in the U.K.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 16:52:00 UTC | #350180

lvpl78's Avatar Comment 26 by lvpl78

John Lennox has once again displayed that strange dichotomy of the religious. Namely the willingness to distort the truth, or in this case to simply tell lies, despite it being a deadly sin.

That's the kind of split brain feat that puzzles me. If he really believes this stuff, why be so ready to knowingly tell falsehoods. Sort makes you think he doesn't believe it himself. It really is strange.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 16:56:00 UTC | #350182

Mark Jones's Avatar Comment 27 by Mark Jones

Good talk, and interesting stuff about the abominable Lennox and Phillips.

edited for wrong Melanie!

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:02:00 UTC | #350185

Squigit's Avatar Comment 28 by Squigit

LOVE the ending! "NO!" Simple, easy to understand...what's better than that! But seriously, did no one film the entire "Purpose of Purpose" lecture from OU?

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:03:00 UTC | #350186

Fuzzy Duck's Avatar Comment 29 by Fuzzy Duck

Terrific lecture! Well done, Dr. Dawkins.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:20:00 UTC | #350189

semper ad meliora's Avatar Comment 30 by semper ad meliora

Thanks for uploading. I've been looking forward to another video like this. Loved his response at the end, "NO!"

I especially liked the quote mining bit. I expected more from Lennox when I listened to that debate. I couldn't believe he would actually quote Acts 17:31. How does referring to the resurrection of Christ help him win a debate with Dawkins? Was that supposed to prove God's existence?

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 17:22:00 UTC | #350190