In our rather frenetic and fractured lives, is poetry actually becoming a thing? A burgeoning creative trend. Even brands such as Coca Cola and Microsoft are beginning to use poetry to cut through the noise and grab viewers attention. Intelligence Squared hosted The Power of Poetry event in an attempt […]
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It was with great excitement that I booked two tickets to the Intelligence Squared debate (that is meant to be a little “2” above Intelligence, but clearly I’ve failed the first test and don’t know where to find that on my keyboard) entitled “Steven Pinker on Better Writing with Ian […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 03-12-2009 in BLOG / REVIEWS tagged with AC Grayling / Intelligence Squared / Richard Dawkins / Westminster College
This was the debate I went to at Wellington College a few days ago. I wanted to take my teenage son to hear Richard Dawkins speak because he’s meant to be reading some of his books for Biology A level – namely “The Selfish Gene” and “The Ancestor’s Tale” and I thought it might bring it all a bit more to life if he could relate to the author. Richard Dawkins is widely acclaimed for his views. He is one of the world’s best known atheists and “has established himself as a biological guru”. His most recent publication “The God Delusion” in which he claims that there is “probably no god” in manner of proper scientist has become an international bestseller.
For the motion was Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford and Charles Moore who was editor of the Daily Telegraph and currently Group Consulting Editor and columnist. Against the motion was Richard Dawkins and Anthony Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College and a Humanist.
It was a fascinating debate. Richard Dawkins and Anthony Grayling were arguing that atheism has not become the new fundamentalism, even if it is the topic of the millenium. They believe that in order to be a fundamentalist you have to have a blind obedience to a holy book, whereas there is no book for atheists, only evidence.
As scientists they could not accept that religion forces you to believe in a “truth” and a faith without questioning it instead of understanding that truth should be rational and based on evidence. Richard Dawkins argued that although religion is not necessarily associated with violence, there is always a logical pathway that can be traced back to it which cannot be found within atheism. They came out with the following quote to sum this up, which received the loudest cheer of the evening:-
“Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings”.
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