An Appetite for Wonder Australian Tour

Oct 27, 2014

The Atheist Foundation of Australia proudly presents An Appetite for Wonder with Professor Richard Dawkins.

Richard Dawkins is the founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Vice President of the British Humanist Association, and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.

Held over three cities, An Appetite for Wonder will feature a discussion with Leslie Cannold (the Australian author, ethicist and public intellectual), and book signing featuring Professor Dawkin’s first in his autobiographical series An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

From 1995 to 2008 Professor Richard Dawkins was the the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is an internationally recognised best-selling author; among his books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Greatest Show on Earth,  and The Magic of Reality.

His 2006 book The God Delusion has sold more than two million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages. Dawkins lectures across the world and last presented in Australia at the 2010 and 2012 AFA Global Atheist Conventions in Melbourne. His most recent book, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, is an autobiography of his early years.

While often controversial, his talks are always thought provoking, and his body of work has inspired countless atheists, secularists, and humanists around the globe.

Dr. Leslie Cannold consults, commentates, and educations on gender, leadership, ethics, corporate social responsibility and social media. She is a regular on ABC TV’s Moral Compass and does the ethics round as a member of ABC Radio’s Central West Mornings team. Leslie sits on a variety of boards and advisory committees and is the recipient of numerous awards and notices for her contributions to public life.

In 2013, Leslie was listed alongside Prime Minister Julia Gillard as one of Melbourne’s most influential women. She was a finalist in the best science tweet contest for Science Week 2010 and in 2011 was honoured as the Australian Humanist of the Year.


8pm Saturday 29 November | Melbourne | MCEC
8pm Monday 1 December | Brisbane | BCEC
8pm Thursday 4 December | Sydney | Seymour Centre


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14 comments on “An Appetite for Wonder Australian Tour

  • I hope that he reminds the “new atheists” here in Oz that “Atheist” does not mean that only Christian beliefs are unfounded and Islam is a religion and not a race.
    I would not be surprised if left wing “new atheists” start wearing burqas in sympathy with these poor maltreated muslims here.

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  • cosmx Oct 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I hope that he reminds the “new atheists” here in Oz that “Atheist” does not mean that only Christian beliefs are unfounded and Islam is a religion and not a race.
    I would not be surprised if left wing “new atheists” start wearing burqas in sympathy with these poor maltreated muslims here.

    Perhaps you should have sampled some of the discussion threads here before making laughable comments! The new atheists recognise the damage from all dogmatic religious delusions, even if some people have only heard of criticism of their own!

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    Cairsley says:

    An appetite for wonder is very much the positive kind of message that Professor Dawkins has been very good at spreading ever since the publication of his book The Selfish Gene. It is gratifying to see that he is still at it — very generous of him.

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  • RD is spending his valuable time going to Australia. I wonder why you would try to alienate Libetal Party supporters who constitute about 45% to 50% of the population through a website that bears his name? Have you no business sense at all?
    Probably not and that is the reason why the “new atheists” will remain a small fringe group. Its very sad.

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  • cosmx Oct 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I wonder why you would try to alienate Libetal Party supporters who constitute about 45% to 50% of the population through a website that bears his name? Have you no business sense at all?

    It sounds like you describing the unthinking badge voters, who have nothing to contribute to political decision making.

    Critical rational thinking is about getting the correct answer to problems, not pandering to business vested interests or party ideological dogmas.

    I am quite prepared to criticise bad decisions made by political leaders – including ones of parties where I work on campaigns for the election of their representatives.

    Abbot is a disaster as far as modernising industries and developing green technologies goes.

    He is also a disaster on local environmental management.

    Australia’s Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

    The group said the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan failed to address key pressures on the reef including climate change and coastal development.

    Much bolder action was needed, said Academy Fellow Professor Terry Hughes.

    “The science is clear, the reef is degraded and its condition is worsening,” said Prof Hughes.

    “This is a plan that won’t restore the reef, it won’t even maintain it in its already diminished state,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday.

    “It is also more than disappointing to see that the biggest threat to the reef – climate change – is virtually ignored in this plan.”

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  • cosmx Oct 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

    You may have plenty of time to read every
    posting, I have better things to do.

    That would explain why you miss all the key points about criticism of ALL religions and foolish viewpoints on this forum.

    On science forums, we usually research the subject before commenting, rather than just making stuff up.

    Anyway, looking at your link I dont know
    what the Yazidis have got to do with my

    The comments were on the Muslims you seem to claim are absent from comments on this forum.

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  • cosmx Oct 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

    And I cant be bothered reading BBC snippets written by people who have never run a business.

    Ah! The BBC QUOTING Australia’s Academy of Science! What do they know? ? ?

    You should have said you have run a business, and therefore know everything without bothering with research or studying information provided!

    But I think I’ll take any business advice from my son – the one who is a director of an IT company providing software for world-wide monitoring of multi-billions $ / £ of global business!
    He researches quite a lot of data!

    Or I could ask my daughter who is a lawyer dealing in property. She’s quite business savvy too!

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  • .Cosmx
    Tony Abbott may have the support of 45% of the Australian population but he would not have the support of many in the scientific community except for those with vested interests.
    His attitude towards science is very well known. He treats evidence based conclusions with disdain, preferring to use bullying tactics an aggressive posturing to impress those easily impressed. No…science is impeded under his watch.
    Let’s see how long he lasts when it comes time for an election ?

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  • To Cosmx,
    Abbott’s installation, principally at the hands of the Murdoch press, and his subsequent demolition of pretty much everything that defines what is or was decent in Australia is documented better than here in sites such as Sally McManuses’ “Tracking Abbott’s Wreckage,” to which I would commend your attention.

    The point of issue that I would take up with you is the demonstrably expressed “Business matters most” sentiment that shines through your posts. The blind adherence to the idea that the interests of the nation neatly equate with the interests of business, and the bigger the business the better, is arguably one of the most destructive influences on the planet. It is the foundation of the American Republicans, the British Conservatives, and the Australian Liberal Coalition. Footnote for those outside Oz, there is nothing “liberal” about our liberal party.

    It is the business of business to support and fund the election of governments that will do their bidding. This includes denial of climate change, a particular favorite of Abbott’s, to log heritage forests to the beach, to tax fuel for anyone but mining companies, to give Australian marine jobs to questionably competent non Australian crews, to do bugger all to prevent the destruction of the Barrier Reef, or anything else environmentaly sensitive, to gut education and health budgets, and in general stop anything that slows the river of tax dollars back into the hands of “business.” They have, in Tony Abbott, a remarkably compliant poodle. I listened to much of his speech at the Science Awards. Bottom line, if there was no immediate profit for investment, it was not worth doing.

    Cosmx, I do not believe business knows best as a dogma, or fiat, and I see that reinforced when business leaps to beat the drum of the other massively destructive social force, religion. Which, by the way is stepping up for its reward in propagandizing religious “education,” taught by unqualified evangelists who consider evolution to be a “theory,” and are being funded for so doing, while science education goes begging.

    PS, to save you the effort, I can agree that the opposition shot themselves in the foot not once, but twice, and behaved with questionable competence. I do not think however that they have come even close to Abbott and his sycophants in terms of pure hypocrisy and downright deceit. The real LNP agenda is becoming clear, and will roll, like a destructive Brisbane storm, across what I, as an Australian, and a veteran, believe Australia to be.

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