Friday, 17 November 2006

The Right Stuff

Yesterday I've started reading this book called The God Delusion by one Richard Dawkins. I've heard of the guy before - he wrote this book about how our existence and the way we are come down to our genes wanting to reproduce themselves using us instead of it being the other way around.
Anyway: I've encountered the Delusion book by chance, but given that its subject matter is dealt a lot in this blog, I bought it. After reading the first chapter I can see this is going to be a success story.
However, I'm not about to review the book now; that time would come some 400 pages into the future in another blog.
What I did want to mention in here is the author's attitude. In the book's preface, he's talking about how religion is now at a point where it threatens science's progress. As an example he gives the USA, where evangelism is on the crest of a wave and atheists have to hide their beliefs because, according to the views of most Americans, being an atheist is worse than being gay as far as getting along in society is concerned.
Then he mentions that this book of his actually started as a TV documentary he did for the British Channel 4, called Root of All Evil. He's saying that while this show was aired in the UK and in Australia's ABC, no one in the USA is willing to show it. And then, which is where I'm leading at, he urges the American reader to look for bootleg copies of his documentary on the web - where they are widely available.
What a guy! Here's an example of someone who doesn't care much about the money, preferring to spread his message across as the first priority. Excuse me for expressing my views, but I think that if more people and companies were like that the world would have been a much better place.
In case you're wondering, we just finished watching the documentary. It's good, but I have a few disagreements with Dawkins' attitude; he's no Carl Sagan, but he's good.
Anyway, Wicked Little Critta has recently asked me whether I think science and religion can coexist. I gave her a not as good an answer as I would like to, but now I think I can safely say that she can read Dawkins' book and watch his documentary - it would pretty much tell her my views on this coexistence.

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