11 comments on “Richard Dawkins Talks Aliens and Gods

  • Hm… Richard… that little smile and the spark in the eye, when you said “I could imagine having sex in 2nd life (…) I’m looking forward to some progress”, you are a baaad boy Richard, a baaad boy 😉



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  • Prof Dawkins, I can’t see how your argument about the creator of a conjectured ‘virtual world’ makes sense. If I understand you correctly, you’re basically saying that that ‘creator’ could not be a god as it would have to have evolved too. But your conclusion that we evolved is based on evidence for such (in our virtual world). So you’re extending that conclusion to the ‘creator’ which exists outside of our ‘virtual world’. That is like Pacman building his understanding of his game-world on the evidence he collects from it and then when he discovers he’s just made by us, saying that his world’s science applies to ours too. Our frame of reference is based on what we can observe or conceive. Surely we can’t then say that the scientific understanding from this frame of reference applies too to a being which exists outside of our frame of reference or conception?



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  • The million pound diamond here is the following hour and ten minute video of Dawkins interviewing some former atheist. AWESOME! [Edited in afterwards: But now that I commented I can’t get back to it? Grrr.]



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  • We cannot possibly be the second life of an unfathomably intelligent alien species if we have those among us that would dress a set with two curiously front-facing advertisements for Professor Dawkins’ book. Q.E.D.



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  • prof richard dawkins i notice that your logic about the existence of god is weak u say we need to have explaination about how did the cretor come ! ifind that qeuestion wrong because i find the bigbang started to creat the time and space so before the big bang there is something we cant know how did he come becase he is enternal



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  • i find the bigbang started to creat the time and space so before the big bang there is something we cant know

    Then how do you know/think/have any grounds for suspecting that there was a creator involved, much less that it is “eternal” (whatever that means)?



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  • “Surely we can’t then say that the scientific understanding from this frame of reference applies too to a being which exists outside of our frame of reference or conception?”

    First I challenge you to examine if you are not muddling up the mystery of the unknown (which potentially can be rationally investigated) with the known mystery of the unknowable ( which is a confusion between the nature of thoughts and reality, basically declaring that a thought is no different than reality)
    For you the thought that something could exist beyond our ability to conceive or even think about it is valid simply because you can think it and declare it in a sentence. But let’s investigate if it stands the test of rationality.

    How can you say that this “something” is beyond our ability to even conceive it, then go on to say that you conceive it to have the property of existing. You go further and declare you conceive it to be a being. Soon you’ll give it human attributes like forming purpose, or caring, maybe even procreating. How can one conceive so much of something that is, as you say, “outside of our….conception”



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  • I’m not familiar with this Game he speaks of, go see Prometheus, both evolved aliens and those created are shown. As to the tech for animation as described, it’s very nearly here – look up Andy Serkis’s career, it’ll bleed through to game consoles in no time.



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