The Dissent Of Man

By JF Derry

Exploring the influence of Darwin on everyone: atheists, Christians, biologists and entrepreneurs

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Richard Dawkins Clip 1

I've been busy writing and sifting through the mounds of material I have for inclusion in the book. It's very exciting to listen back to these interviews. Thought I'd share this clip with you. 

Richard Dawkins Clip 1 

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"Darwin is so important, it is almost absurd that children don’t learn about it when they are tiny, practically, because it is the explanation for our existence, the existence of all living things, and it’s in a way, one of the most powerful explanations of anything that anybody has ever suggested, because if you think about it, the ratio of that which it explains, which is everything about life and everything about complexity, divided by that which you need to postulate in order to do the explaining. It’s a colossal ratio, because what you have to postulate is extraordinarily simple. It actually amounts to little more than high fidelity genetics because everything else kind of follows naturally. And from that almost miniscule level of assumptions you can explain just about everything about life, and yet, simple as the explanation is, powerful as it is, and huge as the magnitude of what it explains is, nobody thought of it before the middle of the 19th century. Which is an astonishing fact because it doesn’t require great mathematics, doesn’t require highly sophisticated notation of any sort, anybody can understand, although an amazing number of people fail to. So, it’s almost unique, perhaps it is unique, in it’s in the sheer power of what it does for the human intellect."

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Mariam Mikadze
 Mariam Mikadze says:

I absolutely agree that children should learn about Darwin and his contribution to our perception of origin and evolution of life. However, words of Mr. Richard Dawkins:
"Matter flows from place to place
And momenatrily comes together to be you
Some people find that thought disturbing
I find the reality thrilling", draws attention to the actions of "disturbed" people, who in fact are mostly religious people and may resist that this book be part of school program.
P.S I do not understand the ignorance of people, who just block their minds from the reality and believe in some Iron age fairy tales. I dont't understand people who say there are no proof for evolution or those who try to fit somehow the religious and scientific views into each other. I believe that people will find the same degree of fulfillment in reality as they find in religious only if education will help them and education about matters like this should start early in age so that people do not get biased and brainwashed.

posted 19th October 2012

JF Derry
 JF Derry says:

Nice quote, thank you Mariam.

posted 23rd October 2012

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