Richard Dawkins Answers Reddit Questions

Submitted by: a1butcher 5 years ago in Science

Adorable British accent.
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Male 12,138
[quote]tatripp: "he seems like he leads a sad life." [/quote]
Clicking on tatripps profile, I see he lists himself as "Religion: Christian" and "Politics: Conservative".

While I`m no Dawkins fanboy, I think I see what`s happened here...
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Male 621
tatripp: "he seems like he leads a sad life."

Have you seen his life? He`s world-famous, has written best-selling books, and is married to a hot actress (Lalla Ward, who played Romana, one of the Doctor`s companions on "Doctor Who"). He was introduced to her by a mutual friend, Douglas Adams. You know, the guy who wrote "The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy" (among other things)? Dawkins flies all over the world giving talks, having fascinating debates, meeting famous and interesting people, and working on various projects.

If that`s a "sad life", sign me up for one of those!
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Male 646
I read a good part of The God Delusion. It was so full of vitriol, bad arguments and plainly untrue assertions I couldn`t finish it.

What surprises me is that he`s so esteemed by people who like to think of themselves as rational.
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Male 646
Wow, his accent is adorably British, so he must be worth listening to.
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Male 120
The hate mail segment is truly priceless.
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Male 1,284
wow religious are so perfect and loving even in their hate mail (sarcasm)
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Male 43
immorality ≠ suffering. If this were true it wouldn`t be immoral for a peeping tom to spy on you in the shower given that Mr.Peeper didn`t get caught. For if this peeping tom didn`t get caught you would never know you were being watched and thereby never suffer (from embarrassment,violation of privacy ect...)and only the peeping tom would receive pleasure. However, most people think it is immoral to spy on someone in the shower.
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Male 39,958

"It`s true there were dark storm clouds,
heavy - black and pendulous"

lol @ VAJENGA
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Male 40,772
[email protected]!
No wonder I had the urge to yell "booooriiiiing" at my monitor!
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Male 2,737
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Male 532
Is it just me or did anybody else expect him to jump up and yell "IT`S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT...."
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Male 35
@LillianDulci. You are correct, I did not think that statement all the way through. What I was trying to say, is quite similar to how you put it. It`s not that they are not true Christians, it really doesn`t take much to be one. And, also true, that they could have been raised as Christians. What I mean to say is that no matter how long some people are Christian, they never realize what it is all about. For instance, the person we are to emulate our lives after, Jesus Christ, never attacked "sinners", they were with him the most, and followed him if they desired. The part Christians tend to not realize is that Jesus was attacking the church when he was at his most aggressive moments. This is because the people he was attacking were tying a weight around the necks of their followers that the leaders could not and did not even carry. True Christianity is a continuous walk to be like Christ, which is difficult to attain, but these letters show these people are merely practicing
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Male 18
Why do we have sex? Did he really say that?
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Male 197
imagine no religion.....
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Male 452
Skip to 11/27/2010 for the funny...oh wait...
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Male 621
Yeah, why would anyone oppose a belief that is all about peace, and love, and telling others that you hope they die slowly and are tortured forever for not believing as they do? ;-)
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Male 2,513
For all who are bored, the funny starts at 11:35.
You damn blaspehmy, regret from your f*ing behavior. Your destiny is all f`d up!
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Male 881
[quote]Boring. who cares.. I-A-B assumes i give a crap what this guy is talking about, i dont.[/quote]
Of course, because IAB only exists to please you, Fleaman1797. They will now permanently ban a1butcher for displeasing you.
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Female 2,674
"Unfortunately not every Christian has been one for very long, and do not realize yet what it means to be one, and that`s all these e-mail show. "

Huh? I`m willing to bet that most (if not all) of these emails came from people who were raised as Christian`s from birth. People tend to take things more seriously when they actively made a choice. But really you`re just trying to give that "oh but they`re not true Christians like me" argument.
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Male 40,772
lolz! He manages to talk about fundamentalist religion without saying the word "Muslim".
Ooo, his 3 questions about biology were good! Why do we think? How did life start? Where can I `get some` lolz!
11:52 - KITTEH!
3 words from God: You are a fool! Oh, that`s just too funny!
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Male 15,273
@CaptKangaroo you realise if it is a food product and it is not certified halal and kosher then it may be illegal to use it on people of Islamic or Jewish faith...
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Male 718
Boring. who cares.. I-A-B assumes i give a crap what this guy is talking about, i dont.
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Male 1,268
I`d like to go further with that.

If by salvation, we`re talking about a perfected existence, then I`m certain he believes in salvation through science, and completely lost as to why he should deny that desire. Yes, he feels that perfected existence will only last 60-100 years per individual, but what is wrong with that? That`s plenty of time for most to experience what they wish of perfection.

Meanwhile, I`m certain he has little to no hatred of christians. I`m not talking about WBC, I`m talking about kneels by the bed every night since he was four and would never intentionally hurt anyone in his life. There`s nothing wrong with christians, it`s the ridiculous notion these people are good because God made them good. Take God away from these people through science, and they`ll still be model citizens.

Hence the focus on education.
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Male 1,268
The problem, Stand4Christ, isn`t that you`re dumb because you`re one dumb idea, it`s that you`re so passive aggressive with that idea.

I mean, really. Send him an e-mail specifically asking "Do you believe in salvation through science?" I`m willing to bet he says "Of course." He practically says as much when he states he hopes religion is dead in fifty years.

I honestly don`t even understand why you think that notion would be offensive to him. You call him a genius, but assume he can`t distinguish between a christian and christianity? Christianity is a horribly ignorant, childish, comic book fantasy. A christian can easily be a pleasant, life long friend, who we want in society, assuming we`re talking about nice "cracker" christians.

And really, the "hate" mail is just as likely to come from trolling athiests as it is christians imo.
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Female 149
Hearing Dawkins say "drat ng" is the funniest thing in the WORLD.
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Male 1,196
The philosophy of ethics is much more than utilitarianism.
anyways he seems like he leads a sad life.
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Male 35
First of all, I must admit the hate e-mails are funny. Unfortunately not every Christian has been one for very long, and do not realize yet what it means to be one, and that`s all these e-mail show. Personally I would never write him an e-mail other than to have him elaborate on what ever subject I was pondering at the time. The man certaintly is a genius, I have read some of his material, but to me, and you all will think I am an idiot for saying this, but that`s o.k., a-lot of what he is saying sure sounds like "salvation through science, especially his answers to the first question, and the three most important unanswered questions. (Que Atheist backlash.) Anyway, have fun for the rest of the comments grouping Christians together and calling us all idiots based on the above e-mails and the fact that we are at least honest enough to admit that it requires faith to believe the way we do.
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Male 3,213
There is suffering, such as being sprayed with a food product, or being collered and set on fire; Then, there is Life. Some amount of suffering is inherent, and essential in life. It teaches empathy and kindness, illustrates lessons and allows one to understand contentment.
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Male 241
11:48 for the hate mail, hilarity ensues
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Male 1,231
As far as I`m concerned, he`s on par with Brian Cox and Stephen Fry as far as awesomeness goes. He is the voice of logic and science.
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Male 2,516
the people who write hate mail to him are so smart
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Male 4,807
Link: Richard Dawkins Answers Reddit Questions [Rate Link] - Adorable British accent.
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