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Salon.com Richard Dawkins Interview

Published October 15th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

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Salon.com has an interesting interview with Richard Dawkins titled The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In the roiling debate between science and religion, it would be hard to exaggerate the enormous influence of Richard Dawkins. The British scientist is religion’s chief prosecutor — “Darwin’s rottweiler,” as one magazine called him — and quite likely the world’s most famous atheist. Speaking to the American Humanist Association, Dawkins once said, “I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate.”

Link to article.



36 Responses to “Salon.com Richard Dawkins Interview”

  1. olav.net says:

    Nur gerecht: Kirche des Fliegenden Spaghettimonsters erhält Steuergelder…

    Nun hat die Diskriminierung unserer Glaubensbrüder zumindest in Australien endlich ein Ende. …

  2. J says:

    @ All pastafarians, atheists, humanists, Brights, and free-thinkers,
    .
    Ahoy there!
    .
    I’m copying this post onto a few threads because I’d like as many people as possible to notice it. (Bobby, if you should read this, is there any chance of a new thread?)
    .
    You might have spotted on these pages Richard Dawkins’ high-profile references to the FSM, unmasking himself as at the very least an honorary pastafarian and certainly a friend of pirates the world over. He’s done his bit for the FSM – here’s a chance to return the favour.
    .
    His many books on evolution and, in particular, his recent book ‘The God Delusion’ have influenced a lot of people here.
    .
    Anyway, here in Britain, one of our national newspapers, The Daily Telegraph, in conjunction with Morgan Stanley, is running the third annual ‘Great Britons’ awards. People are invited to vote for the British person they think has been the most ‘Great’ (somehow) in each of seven categories.
    .
    Me salty guts tell me that a hearty lot of pirates’ll want to support their own and put their cutlasses behind Richard Dawkins, by far and away Britain’s noodliest man of 2006, and doubtless also he of the biggest meatballs.
    .
    I nominated him earlier today, in the ‘Campaigning’ category. You can add your nominations by visiting the following address: http://greatbritons.org/. It takes barely a minute and might help one of the FSM’s finest sea-dogs to the gain the legendary status he deserves. You can even put in a 50-word explanation of why he gets your vote, which would probably strengthen the case (if you’ve anything to say). If you’d like to know more about him, try visiting http://richarddawkins.net/.
    .
    Douglas Adams fans might like to note that Dawkins and Adams were close friends and that Adams credited Dawkins’ books ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ and ‘The Selfish Gene’ as having influenced his reasoning towards atheism. Dawkins wrote a ‘Lament for Douglas’ immediately after Adams’ death, and delivered a eulogy at his funeral.
    .
    I’ve a second reason for recommending this. The Telegraph ran an article by regular columnist Charles Moor on Saturday that dismissed ‘The God Delusion’ as ‘fashionable’ and gave a very selective, wilfully interpreted representation of its content. It’s a good newspaper but pretty thoroughly conservative – not an obvious place for pastafarianism to thrive. In light of this, I think it doubly worthwhile to demonstrate the strength of support that Richard enjoys among the world’s many pirates to the Telegraph.
    .
    Nominations for the awards continue until November 24th. If ye can spare a second of plunderin’ time, set a course for http://greatbritons.org/ and add your cannon to a broadside for free thinking and the FSM!
    .
    May His Noodly Appendage be upon ye all.
    .
    RAmen

  3. J says:

    @ All pastafarians, atheists, humanists, Brights, and free-thinkers,
    .
    Ahoy there!
    .
    I’m copying this post onto a few threads because I’d like as many people as possible to notice it. (Bobby, if you should read this, is there any chance of a new thread?)
    .
    You might have spotted on these pages Richard Dawkins’ high-profile references to the FSM, unmasking himself as at the very least an honorary pastafarian and certainly a friend of pirates the world over. He’s done his bit for the FSM – here’s a chance to return the favour.
    .
    His many books on evolution and, in particular, his recent book ‘The God Delusion’ have influenced a lot of people here.
    .
    Anyway, here in Britain, one of our national newspapers, The Daily Telegraph, in conjunction with Morgan Stanley, is running the third annual ‘Great Britons’ awards. People are invited to vote for the British person they think has been the most ‘Great’ (somehow) in each of seven categories.
    .
    Me salty guts tell me that a hearty lot of pirates’ll want to support their own and put their cutlasses behind Richard Dawkins, by far and away Britain’s noodliest man of 2006, and doubtless also he of the biggest meatballs.
    .
    I nominated him earlier today, in the ‘Campaigning’ category. You can add your nominations by visiting greatbritons.org. It takes barely a minute and might help one of the FSM’s finest sea-dogs to the gain the legendary status he deserves. You can even put in a 50-word explanation of why he gets your vote, which would probably strengthen the case (if you’ve anything to say). If you’d like to know more about him, try visiting richarddawkins.net.
    .
    Douglas Adams fans might like to note that Dawkins and Adams were close friends and that Adams credited Dawkins’ books ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ and ‘The Selfish Gene’ as having influenced his reasoning towards atheism. Dawkins wrote a ‘Lament for Douglas’ immediately after Adams’ death, and delivered a eulogy at his funeral.
    .
    I’ve a second reason for recommending this. The Telegraph ran an article by regular columnist Charles Moor on Saturday that dismissed ‘The God Delusion’ as ‘fashionable’ and gave a very selective, wilfully interpreted representation of its content. It’s a good newspaper but pretty thoroughly conservative – not an obvious place for pastafarianism to thrive. In light of this, I think it doubly worthwhile to demonstrate the strength of support that Richard enjoys among the world’s many pirates to the Telegraph.
    .
    (Note – I’ve left http:// off the website addresses in this post, as the first couple of times I tried to post it, it got stuck awaiting moderation. Hopefully this’ll help.)
    .
    Nominations for the awards continue until November 24th. If ye can spare a second of plunderin’ time, set a course for greatbritons.org and add your cannon to a broadside for free thinking and the FSM!
    .
    May His Noodly Appendage be upon ye all.
    .
    RAmen

  4. Abby says:

    Richard Dawkins is a ridiculous cretin who trips over his own arguments. You all are just sad to call him an idol.

    • Atsap Revol says:

      In one word, Abby, BULLSHIT. (Are you the Abby Normal from Mel Brooks’s film “Young Frankenstein?”)

  5. Red DutchPasta Kidd says:

    I have yet to see mr Dawkins trip over any arguments, his opponents do though. They get too stuck in defence, dumb faith, they become unable to see where they are going. To call Dawkins a cretin nicely identifys you as a dumb, blind believer of fairy-tales.

  6. Annika Pilkinton says:

    Accomplishment.

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