How Richard Dawkins Will Win You Over to His Side

Dec 19, 2017

Many people would like to have a one-on-one argument with renowned professor, author, and all-around big thinker Richard Dawkins. He’s most one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals and has written over a dozen books on matters as wide-ranging as atheism and science. Because he attacks such deeply held beliefs, many people disagree with him. But how is he so effective at what he does? Simple. He imagines his argument from the other side’s perspective. That way, Richard Dawkins posits, there’s a much higher chance that he can land his point. Richard Dawkins’ new book is Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist.

Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

6 comments on “How Richard Dawkins Will Win You Over to His Side

  • @OP – He’s most one of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals and has written over a dozen books on matters as wide-ranging as atheism and science.

    Actually, I would have thought that atheistic and scientific thinking were very closely related topics, although in terms of accurately and constructively informing human decisions without incorporating irrational or delusional notions, both are very wide-ranging!

    Because he attacks such deeply held beliefs, many people disagree with him.

    That is the nature of entrenched indoctrinated beliefs.

    But how is he so effective at what he does?
    Simple.
    He imagines his argument from the other side’s perspective.

    Indeed! – Any effective educator, needs to understand the level of understanding, and any misconceptions in need of correction, held by the recipients of communications.

  • The intellect. Should we be allowed to scrutinize the intellect? Or is that off limits? Are science and reason the factors that will save the earth or will they contribute to accelerate the race towards oblivion?
    Scientific discoveries go strait to the giant corportations and to the military. Who will be the first to adopt AI? The military of course – in Russia and China. Is that scary? Absolutely. Are Putin and Xi Jinping religious? As far as I know they don’t give a shit about religion. Are they dedicated to science and reason? Without doubt, as long as it serves their interests.
    Trump apparently is fundamentalist Christian. He wants to dig up more coal. So yes, he could do with a dose of science and reason.

  • Tomas

    You are pointing at science without the reason. Religion without reason ends the same. Doesn’t say much for either but reason has to have a solid grounding and religion doesn’t provide that.

  • Tomas #2
    Dec 22, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Are science and reason the factors that will save the earth or will they contribute to accelerate the race towards oblivion?

    Science provides us with effective methodology and honest information. What is done with that information, depends on people, commercial development priorities and politics.

    Scientific discoveries go strait to the giant corporations and to the military.

    They do if the politics of the country concerned has a legal framework which directs money for research in that way, and has secrecy or patent laws, making some discoveries exclusive to particular groups of people.

    Who will be the first to adopt AI? The military of course – in Russia and China. Is that scary? Absolutely. Are Putin and Xi Jinping religious?

    Putin certainly panders to certain religions to gain their support for his oligarch friends, and his position in government.

    As far as I know they don’t give a shit about religion.

    Putin certainly puts on a religious face and empowers religious laws, regardless of if he actually believes it.

    Are they dedicated to science and reason? Without doubt, as long as it serves their interests.

    They are dedicated to USE the technical innovations and products of science, but propaganda is their priority rather than evidenced reasoning.
    Flat-Earthists and Young Earthists, still use the internet, television, and satellite relay-systems to spread their ignorant science denial!

    Trump apparently is fundamentalist Christian.

    I don’t know if Trump actually believes in anything other than personal power and personal greed!

    Trump is a fundamentalist liar, who will say anything he thinks will manipulate an audience.

    I was commenting on that over here:-

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2017/11/islam-criticism-in-a-hand-to-hand-fight/#li-comment-228990

    He wants to dig up more coal.

    That is because of Koch-Bros coal industries funding anti-science candidates and campaigns which help to get him elected.

    So yes, he could do with a dose of science and reason.

    Trump is totally allergic to science and reason! He calls it “fake news” and appoints science-deniers to take charge of government science departments!

  • Just please forget about all this discussion,the simple undeniable fact is that there is and never was any god…it has been proven time and time again,therefore I believe that there is no need to discuss or argue regarding the beliefs of anybody who is in anyway believing the existence of an all powerful existence…forget about it!….don’t waste your time…it is not open to discussion!…I don’t participate in these discussions very often,I cannot be bothered with wasting my time…God does not exist.PERIOD…

  • Neil Patrick Cairns #5
    Mar 30, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Just please forget about all this discussion,the simple undeniable fact is that there is and never was any god…

    Unfortunately, there are god-believers, and in many parts of the world they are a menace to good government, scientific education, the teaching of critical logical reasoning, and to the rest of us.

    therefore I believe that there is no need to discuss or argue regarding the beliefs of anybody who is in anyway believing the existence of an all powerful existence…

    Sadly, for anyone trying to preserve professional standards of objectivity in science medicine or government, there is a great deal of need to understand the motivations and activities of such deluded people, if the damage they are often determined to cause, is to be resisted!

    forget about it!….don’t waste your time

    Forgetting about the insidious political moves of the religious dogmatists, gives them free reign to impose their views in the legislature and on everyone else!
    We really do have to make the effort as citizens, to uphold civilised standards of integrity, and evidence-based reasoning, when they are under attack by faith-thinking theocrats. There are plenty of examples of countries with abusive laws, where the people have failed to do so.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.