Time machine : Dawkins pushes atheism to the masses
TED.com is a website devoted to sharing ideas and concepts. On it you’ll find tons of videos about all sorts of ideas, amongst them varying viewpoints on religion. This particular video is a 30 minute video lecture by Richard Dawkins recorded in April 2002:
The session was titled ‘The Design of Life’, and the TED audience was probably expecting remarks about evolution’s role in our history from biologist Richard Dawkins. Instead, he launched into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Scientists and intellectuals hold very different beliefs about God from the American public, he says, yet they are cowed by the overall political environment. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist.
I encourage you to take a look at TED.com’s list of speakers and check out some of their lectures. Not only can you watch them for free, but you can download the audio for your MP3 player. Other notable lectures on this always-updating site include Dan Dennett on our consciousness, Jane Goodall on what separates us from the apes, and Michael Shermer on believing strange things.