Interview with Richard Dawkins: The Out Campaign

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I got to interview Richard Dawkins about his Foundation for Reason & Science!

Published on Oct 23, 2013

 

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Written By: JaclynGlenn – YouTube
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40 COMMENTS

  1. An up and coming youtuber that I have seen there from time to time.

    Her videos are a nice counter balance to the videos of faith heads which too often have no comment or rating functions activated. Wonder why?

  2. I like the idea of an ‘out campaign’. It presents us with a challenge more taxing than complaining on the sidelines. Today provided me with an opportunity to engage in the conversation, though it was only in a small way. A tradesman was measuring the kitchen for new flooring and casually mentioned the fact that he was in the process of reading the the bible. Bearing in mind the fact that I actually want him to do a good job, I was able to add my opinion of the bible as I’ve read it so far. ( not in it’s entirety I’m afraid). I’m not quite sure what he made of the conversation, but I do hope it has given him cause for thought.

    • Good for you, Nitya!We can all do our part, little by little we chip away at the falsity of religion.. Sorry was getting carried away there!Anyway wanted to say I do the same when I can. I have a number of Baptist friends and their ignorance of the bible is abysmal.Some don’t seem to have read the nasty bits at all. I. gently point these out and leave them to draw their own conclusions.In reply to #2 by Nitya:

      I like the idea of an ‘out campaign’. It presents us with a challenge more taxing than complaining on the sidelines. Today provided me with an opportunity to engage in the conversation, though it was only in a small way. A tradesman was measuring the kitchen for new flooring and casually mentioned t…

      • In reply to #4 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

        Good for you, Nitya!We can all do our part, little by little we chip away at the falsity of religion.. Sorry was getting carried away there!Anyway wanted to say I do the same when I can. I have a number of Baptist friends and their ignorance of the bible is abysmal.Some don’t seem to have read the n…

        I had to tread carefully, thinking of my new floor, but I did manage to bring some of the hideous aspects to his attention, particularly Deuteronomy 21-22, My hope is that he will go home and reread these passages and perhaps bring them up with his pastor.

        • Of course you had to.Tread carefully,that is !! Your floors are at stake. That is a really shocking passage,and might be an eye-opener.In reply to #5 by Nitya:

          In reply to #4 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

          Good for you, Nitya!We can all do our part, little by little we chip away at the falsity of religion.. Sorry was getting carried away there!Anyway wanted to say I do the same when I can. I have a number of Baptist friends and their ignorance of the bi…

          • In reply to #7 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

            Of course you had to.Tread carefully,that is !! Your floors are at stake. That is a really shocking passage,and might be an eye-opener.In reply to #5 by Nitya:

            In reply to #4 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

            Good for you, Nitya!We can all do our part, little by little we chip away at the falsity o…

            I first confirmed that he had started at the beginning, but like your Baptists I think you only saw what he wanted to see and managed to filter out the objectionable lines and concepts.

  3. Sexist comment alert! My admiration for Richard Dawkins just keeps growing and growing. How could he concentrate on the questions or making coherent answers while looking at such a stunningly beautiful woman???? I would have been reduced to a blubbering fool…

    • You already have been, but hark, you are not alone due to that evil theory called evolution. It has caused the heterosexual male (and Lesbian I presume) to cast a distractive shadow on the merit of the conversation, and this blog specifically. Off subject (or perhaps this is the hijacked subject now), if our sexual drive is rooted in “propagation of the species”, then how does sexual drive in the LGBT community measure up to the heterosexual drive?In reply to #3 by prietenul:

      Sexist comment alert! My admiration for Richard Dawkins just keeps growing and growing. How could he concentrate on the questions or making coherent answers while looking at such a stunningly beautiful woman???? I would have been reduced to a blubbering fool…

  4. prietenul comment 3
    Sexist comment alert! My admiration for Richard Dawkins just keeps growing and growing. How could he concentrate on the questions or making coherent answers while looking at such a stunningly beautiful woman???? I would have been reduced to a blubbering fool…

    Ah dinosaurs on the RD site again. prietenul comments like that only make you look very inexperienced with women and likely to remain so.

    • In reply to #15 by PG:

      Cut prietenul some slack. A certain Alfred Einstein once said the following:

      Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”

  5. I remember a while back there was an OP that had a very nice looking young man in it — perhaps it was Zack Kopplin, Anyway many of our commenters, both male and female noted how nice looking he is.

    As a high school teacher I try to never ever comment on a person’s looks or figure (especially a person that is considerably younger than me), but that is my own sensitivity to the issue and my own need to protect myself from these exact types of accusations.

    But, sexism is a scourge and can ruin a person’s life. Noticing that someone is nice looking may be the beginning of a sexist encounter, but, it in and of itself is not sexist IMO. If she was 6 foot 7 inches tall, and a man said, “wow, she is tall!” would that be the man being somehow “heightist”?

    Help me out here, I am extremely repressed when it comes to this because of my line of work. Is it really sexist to say that a woman is nice looking?

    • In reply to #18 by crookedshoes:

      I remember a while back there was an OP that had a very nice looking young man in it — perhaps it was Zack Kopplin, Anyway many of our commenters, both male and female noted how nice looking he is.

      As a high school teacher I try to never ever comment on a person’s looks or figure (especially a p…

      A bit off the track, but I just saw your comment and felt the need to reply. During the years that my daughter was growing up I made a conscious effort to never mention a person’s weight or make any physical criticisms at all. No doubt she encountered a great deal of this talk at school and away from the home, but not from her parents. I think she survived her youth with a healthy body image.

      I didn’t feel that I needed to apply such mindfulness regarding my son. He was constantly on the go and it was never going to be an issue. I still avoided any reference to physicality, even so.

  6. I think my wife is the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. I tell her that and she looks at her feet. I tell her that I can see hearts and that is why I think so highly of her. It is her combo, the physical and the beauty of who she is that combine to make her so beautiful over all. I do not comment on other women, or at least not often enough to warrant mention.

    When you know nothing of the other person’s “heart” or insides or personality, I think it is a bit much to think of them as beautiful. However, many people (not me) are regarded as superficially nice looking and it seems that men can be open to attack when they mention it about women.

    BTW, I do not really care one way or the other because I do not engage in the behavior, it is a type of curiosity that drives me to ask. And I respect so many of the people here that I thought I’d go fishing for an answer.

  7. crooked shoes 21 Is it really sexist to say that a woman is nice looking?

    In this context? Where women are supposed to be equal and welcome? I think so.

    A survey today showed 60% of women in the UK had suffered unwanted sexual attention at work – including comments like pretenuls. If you want the honest truth I think pretenuls comment makes him sound quite creepy and sleazy. It gives the impression he doesn’t get out much and doesn’t like women. I suspect that is incorrect but I really have noticed that men really don’t understand just what women think of them when they hear that sort of comment made out of context. It never leaves the man in a positive light at all.

    I think that is how many women would view him. a bit odd, and those who ticked they liked his comment as well if I’m honest, including the woman in question. Those that make sexist comments are rarely viewed as sexual mates, they are often viewed as sexual jokes by women. She is an interviewer after all and would hope comments would be merely about her interviewing skills.

  8. crookedshoes

    I think my wife is the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. I tell her that and she looks at her feet. I tell her that I can see hearts and that is why I think so highly of her. It is her combo, the physical and the beauty of who she is that combine to make her so beautiful over all. I do not comment on other women, or at least not often enough to warrant mention.

    Your wife is your partner and the person you love. That is what she should hear from you.

    How do you think she would feel if a stranger she had never seen made comments about her? Especially comments made after just one viewing? She would feel spooked, scared? The implications of what pretenul is doing after getting so excited over seeing a woman are obvious. How would your wife feel about a complete stranger she doesn’t know from Adam doing the same about her?

    Sexist comments are outdated and they are yukky. The gut reaction of women to them is yeugh. They make many of us uncomfortable. I have never seen racist or homophobic comments here, comments that would make gay people or ethnic minorities feel demeaned, belittled and uncomfortable. I’m sure they’d be removed if they appeared. But I’ve seen a lot of low level sexism that seems to be deemed ok. That reduces women and belittles them. It is unusual on a site for atheists. It is a behaviour I’d have thought more in tune with fundamentalism.

    • I see your point. I cannot speak for my wife and what her thoughts or feelings would be. I guess she’d be creeped out, but I don’t know. Comments that are written are so so easy to misconstrue and can so easily be taken the wrong way. I’d always be wary when communicating this way. I’ll rant and rave and curse and spit about points that I look to defend, but even online chats and dating thing seem to be very awkward and cheesy to me.

      In reply to #23 by PG:

      crookedshoes

      I think my wife is the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. I tell her that and she looks at her feet. I tell her that I can see hearts and that is why I think so highly of her. It is her combo, the physical and the beauty of who she is that combine to make her so beautiful over all….

  9. Oh my god, what Prietenul said about a distant and, for all practical purposes, virtual woman isn’t politically correct anymore? So when I comment to my wife that this year’s Miss Universe looks really beautiful or that Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts are hot, or that Sharapova is the best looking tennis player out there, except Ana Ivanovic, am I sexist? According to Wikipedia, I am not:

    Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s sex.[1] Sexist attitudes may stem from traditional stereotypes of gender roles,[2][full citation needed] and may include the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other.[3] A job applicant may face discriminatory hiring practices, or (if hired) receive unequal compensation or treatment compared to that of their opposite-sex peers.[4

    • I kind of think of it the same way, but am uncertain about if this is just a “me” thought that has been outdated or what? I have been with my wife since 1989 and teaching since 1995 so, I could very well have a completely distorted view by today’s standards. I do not trust myself to know this in today’s world because I have been “out of circulation” for so long! I was trying to take the pulse of this forum to see if I need to adjust my view. On this point (which doesn’t affect me at all, really), I am willing to be instructed or updated if you will.

      Oh, and BLUEBIRD, thanks for the Nikki Sixx comment! You gotta give me a little props, that post is pretty damn funny!

      In reply to #25 by GOD:

      Oh my god, what Prietenul said about a distant and, for all practical purposes, virtual woman isn’t politically correct anymore? So when I comment to my wife that this year’s Miss Universe looks really beautiful or that Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts are hot, or that Sharapova is the best looking t…

  10. GOD
    So when I comment to my wife that this year’s Miss Universe looks really beautiful or that Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts are hot, or that Sharapova is the best looking tennis player out there, except Ana Ivanovic, am I sexist?

    You have a wife???? Wow.

  11. G_O_D

    Sexist attitudes may stem from traditional stereotypes of gender roles,[2][full citation needed] and may include the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other.[3] A job applicant may face discriminatory hiring practices, or (if hired) receive unequal compensation or treatment compared to that of their opposite-sex peers.[4

    Yeah and pretenuls comment was that he was panting over a female = stereotype, females have to be good looking or not exist. Belief that one sex is intrinsically superior = if it were a male interviewer what they said and their interviewing style would have been commented on. Discriminatory hiring practices – well we recently had a spate of older women being sacked from the BBC for becoming less photogenic whilst positively ancient males are wheeled out.

    How would you feel if everywhere you went people were commenting on your willy, hardness, length, girth, staying power. Making you feel inadequate if you didn’t match up to an ideal? Perhaps sacked from tv if you weren’t quite pleasing the women?

    And it doesn’t alter the fact that the sorts of comments made ilicit a yuk response in women. Men that make those sorts of comments are seen as sexual jokes and a little bit odd. That is a simple fact of life get over it.

    • In reply to #28 by PG:

      How would you feel if everywhere you went people were commenting on your willy, hardness, length, girth, staying power. Making you feel inadequate if you didn’t match up to an ideal? Perhaps sacked from tv if you weren’t quite pleasing the women?

      I imagine it would be very unpleasant to feel self conscious about how one looks.
      There’s a time and place for complimenting on someone’s looks,
      get it wrong and it can make things quite awkward.

      Anyway congrats on the interview Jaclyn, too bad it couldn’t be longer.

  12. Dammit, and here I thought I was FUNNY and INTERESTING for once in 30 years! Nikki Sixx is damn good looking, whether it turns out that he/she is a girl/ boy. On the record, I like him/her too!

    In reply to #30 by bluebird:

    In reply to #27 by crookedshoes:

    You gotta give me a little props

    My bad, it was your post I was referring to :D

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  14. Mr. Moderator, I’d like to ask what influenced RD to grant this interview, and point out that there was probably very little historic journalistic credibility with the interviewer to justify it other than what you feel has caused this thread to be derailed. Think about it, and perhaps the primary value of this thread may be that even RD himself was influenced by the same human emotions that caused what you consider derailment. Maybe the more important conclusions to be made here is that it helps provide proof we are all (including our mentor RD himself) not that far removed from the basic animal instincts of our evolution. RD, along with the great admiration and respect I have for you, you certainly brought a smile to my face with this interview. This interview was mostly fun and a little less thought provoking, but sometimes that is not all bad for the cause.

  15. Also, by watching more of her YouTube videos, she presents an interesting migration over a relatively short period of time from professing a belief in a god to professing she has come to the conclusion that she is now an atheist. I feel confident that RD’s interview did nothing but solidify her new world view. She will undoubtedly be a positive influence for the secular cause because there will be many religious people willing to watch this video who might not otherwise done so, and might actually start them down the path of reason.

  16. Maybe RDFRS could employ her to make a series of videos to promote things like the Out Campaign – she seems an articulate, enthusiastic, intelligent liberal who’s also pretty and can speak at a hypnotically rapid pace: what’s not to like?

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