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dj357's Avatar Comment 1 by dj357

fantastic little insight into A.C. there!

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:49:00 UTC | #455699

showmeproof's Avatar Comment 2 by showmeproof

A.C. Grayling is a genuinely nice person. No wonder when addressing the topic of 'Is Atheism the New Fundamentalism'in debate A.C. was strategically chosen. This is one fellow I would really like to have a cup of coffee with.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:50:00 UTC | #455700

quarecuss's Avatar Comment 3 by quarecuss

Sounds like one happy man!

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 01:00:00 UTC | #455702

NewEnglandBob's Avatar Comment 4 by NewEnglandBob

5:00 with A.C. Grayling is just a teaser.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 01:02:00 UTC | #455703

bethe123's Avatar Comment 5 by bethe123

Very entertaining.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 01:13:00 UTC | #455704

Thurston's Avatar Comment 6 by Thurston

I am so nosey about other people's books and I feel sure I could happily spend the rest of my life in his office.

Yet again AC Grayling manages to be intelligent, charming and interesting.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 01:30:00 UTC | #455708

SaintStephen's Avatar Comment 7 by SaintStephen

"Kant in fifteen seconds..."
... And Grayling answers it, with a smile.

What a stud. Hey Noam Chomsky, generative grammar is great, but what about generative philosophy? Complete, coherent, eloquent sentences just tumble from A.C. Grayling's lips.

I nominate Grayling for the Fifth Horseman.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 02:11:00 UTC | #455712

Karen Hill Anton's Avatar Comment 8 by Karen Hill Anton

What a lovely man.
Always lucid.
Always intelligent.
Always kind.'s a treat to see and hear him on this sunny Sunday morning ...

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 02:25:00 UTC | #455713

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 9 by Cook@Tahiti

>I nominate Grayling for the Fifth Horseman

Well he doesn't seem to be encumbered by Buddhist or neocon sympathies like two other Horsemen.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 02:31:00 UTC | #455714

Jan Sobieski's Avatar Comment 10 by Jan Sobieski

That is a very good description by a very smart man. However there is FAR more to Kant than that. This is not a criticism at all. Understand Kant, the others fall into place.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 02:32:00 UTC | #455715

William T. Dawkins's Avatar Comment 11 by William T. Dawkins

Wonderful talk,

I wish I could so eloquently discuss such topics in 5 minutes!

Makes me wonder if morality should have authority or a philosophy as a measure?

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 03:35:00 UTC | #455725

retep57's Avatar Comment 12 by retep57

5 minutes, sigh, so smart, so nice, so much to give to the world, thanks for that

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 03:41:00 UTC | #455726

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 13 by Cook@Tahiti

Thought my office was a dump

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 03:50:00 UTC | #455729

zengardener's Avatar Comment 14 by zengardener

He has an interesting way of arranging his books.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 04:11:00 UTC | #455730

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 15 by Cook@Tahiti

Grayling is Birkbeck's highest profile academic. What's he doing in the basement in the old janitor's closet? He hardly has any room for his hair.
They should give him a huge plush office on the top floor with Thames River views and a private library that resembles Edinburgh's Playfair library (or the one on Corusant).

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 04:21:00 UTC | #455732

njwong's Avatar Comment 16 by njwong

The books in the room reminded me of the "Messy Office Contest" winner:

Anyway, it was a great talk. Grayling should give a 20 minutes TED talk. 5 minutes is simply not enough!

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 04:23:00 UTC | #455733

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 17 by Cook@Tahiti

If you look closely, you can see an arm sticking out from behind one of those piles of books.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 04:29:00 UTC | #455734

mmurray's Avatar Comment 18 by mmurray

Grayling is Birkbeck's highest profile academic. What's he doing in the basement in the old janitor's closet? He hardly has any room for his hair.
They should give him a huge plush office on the top floor with Thames River views and a private library that resembles Edinburgh's Playfair library (or the one on Corusant).

No. No. The push offices are for the important people who make the university run like the vice-chancellor and the senior administrators.


Sun, 04 Apr 2010 05:20:00 UTC | #455739

Uhtred's Avatar Comment 19 by Uhtred

Nice guy, brilliant responses, and he put me in the good books with my wife after she saw the state of his office.
Thanks for the little video.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 05:57:00 UTC | #455741

justinesaracen's Avatar Comment 20 by justinesaracen

Awfully strident, wasn't he?

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 06:00:00 UTC | #455742

Quine's Avatar Comment 21 by Quine

Awfully strident, wasn't he?
I, also, had that exact thought. (imagine crafty looking emoticon, with a bit of a wink, here)

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 06:19:00 UTC | #455743

ozturk's Avatar Comment 22 by ozturk

and shrill. Strident and shrill, I thought. Or perhaps civil, polite, intelligent, inspiring, ..

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 06:25:00 UTC | #455744

chameleonpete's Avatar Comment 23 by chameleonpete

Eloquent as ever.

Probably cold in his office, and the books insulate the wall?

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 07:17:00 UTC | #455747

kazakwelsh atheist's Avatar Comment 24 by kazakwelsh atheist

I liked what he said, especially about counter arguments and the need to listen and to sometimes adjust our own view if we are wrong (easier said than done!!), but at the same time don't be gullible but to be open to the counter argument.
I'm going through a period of reading french philosophy (existentialism), some of the greats like Voltaire and Jean-Paul Sartre are an interesting read.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 07:31:00 UTC | #455748

Modo's Avatar Comment 25 by Modo

Shamefully, Grayling has been off my radar throughout my exploration of atheism etc. I really must read more of this man’s stuff. All suggestions gratefully received.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:21:00 UTC | #455751

Bonzai's Avatar Comment 26 by Bonzai

I don't know what the guy has written. I have only heard of his name. But I am astounded by so many people who are impressed because of just this one clip. He might well have a lot of interesting things to say, but it doesn't show here, there is nothing really remarkable in this 5 minute video.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:25:00 UTC | #455755

SaintStephen's Avatar Comment 27 by SaintStephen

30. Comment #476330 by powerlamb2 on April 4, 2010 at 9:28 am


and another motherfucker...We're gonna CRACK YOUR SKULL...
Something tells me you need to crack another beer, dude.

Sheesh. Some people's kids.

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:32:00 UTC | #455761

Bonzai's Avatar Comment 28 by Bonzai

This fucking psycho should be locked up. How come he is not arrested yet for making multiple death threats?

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:35:00 UTC | #455762

SaintStephen's Avatar Comment 29 by SaintStephen

27. Comment #476327 by Bonzai on April 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

Hey Bonzai... please video yourself answering the same exact questions in five minutes, and post it on Youtube.

I'll be sure and provide you with feedback. Yer welcome in advance. *Snort*

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:36:00 UTC | #455763

Bonzai's Avatar Comment 30 by Bonzai


Why, so that the psycho what's his face can track me down and kill me? :)

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:37:00 UTC | #455764