Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Oh Dawkins, how I love thee!

I just watched "Dawkins - The Root of All Evil"... !!!!!!!!!!!!!


40 seconds into it I had to pause it because I was more gleeful than a kid in a candy store. The following is the statement I heard within those first 40 seconds:
"There are would-be murderers all around the world who want to kill you and me... and themselves... because they're motivated by what they think is the highest ideal. Of course politics are important... Iraq, Palestine, even social deprivation in Bradford. But as we wake up to this huge challenge to our civilized values, don't let's forget the Elephant in the room... an Elephant called Religion."
And it just got SO MUCH BETTER from there. He went on about how the mentality behind religious belief, of essentially all religions, leads to a kind of separation from rational thought and leads to a kind of black and white view of reality where you are right and anyone who believes otherwise is wrong... no shades of grey. And how that kind of mentality has lead to most of the greatest bloodshed in the world.

He covered evolution, creationism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, the scientific method, the meaning of skeptical thinking etc... it was like hearing everything I think, but put more concisely by an Oxford professor (which he is).

It was all just incredible... brilliant... leading right up to the closing line:
"We are all atheists about most of the gods mankind has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."

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