Monday, April 13, 2009

Richard Dawkins and the Enemies of Reason

Richard Dawkins is one of the foremost intellectuals living and working in the world today. An extremely gifted and influential biologist, he is perhaps best known as the world's most outspoken opponent of the creationism movement. He remains one of the world's foremost champions of the Enlightenment values of rationality and human reason, values that are the very foundation of a progressive human civilization. I think Jefferson would have liked Dawkins very much.

Watch this amazing two-part video: The Enemies of Reason. In it, Dawkins examines the sometimes silly, sometimes disturbing world of "New Age" pseudoscience and quackery, including everything from tarot card reading to astrology and psychics to such nonsensical things as "water dowsing." His scientific and skeptical approach is something sadly lacking in the modern world.

As Dawkins puts it, "There are two ways of looking at the world. Through faith and superstitution, or through the rigors of logic, observation and evidence- through reason." These are sentiments that those of us who believe the the New Enlightenment must always remember.

Part One:

Part Two:

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