Lobbyists For A Day: Dawkins And Pinker Stand Up For Science, Secular Government And Separation In Washington, D.C.

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Yesterday before the government shut down, famous scientists Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins made a foray to Capitol Hill and spoke to House and Senate staff.

The events, sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America, covered a range of topics. Not all of them were relevant to Americans United’s work, but some, such as the teaching of evolution in public schools and the threat to science posed by the Religious Right, were dead on.

Dawkins, named the world’s #1 thinker by Prospect magazine in 2013, is the acclaimed author of The Selfish GeneThe Blind WatchmakerThe God Delusion and numerous other books about evolutionary biology and ethology – subjects which he used to teach at Oxford University. He has been an outspoken critic of creationism and has written extensively on the need for a greater emphasis on teaching evolution in schools.

“There is simply no doubt at all that evolution is true,” said Dawkins in response to a question regarding the proof of evolution. “The evidence for evolution is about as strong as anything we know.” He compared the level of scientific certainty about evolution to that of the Earth orbiting the sun.

Written By: Dominic Vallosio
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6 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by Alan4discussion:

      Hopefully they were talking to people with some rationality and competence, rather than the ones who cannot organise a budget on time.

      You make it sound like the budget shutdown was due to lack of ability, when in fact it was deliberate intent. It’s a bit like describing someone who commits a stabbing as having been a bit clumsy with a knife. It’s not that they CANNOT organize a budget, it’s that it’s their GOAL not to.

      • In reply to #2 by Steven Mading:

        It’s not that they CANNOT organize a budget, it’s that it’s their GOAL not to.

        I know that, but I was referring to it as the job they are being paid to do, but appear to be wilfully obstructing! Perhaps I should have said, “cannot or will not”!

        You make it sound like the budget shutdown was due to lack of ability, when in fact it was deliberate intent.

        If some tradesman or contractor is employed to complete a task for delivery by a given deadline and fails to do so, you would normally sack them for the inability to deliver the specified service, regardless of if their failure was due to lack of ability, or wilful obstructive stupidity!

  1. It seems so crazy that people would prefer Rick Perry’s science to Richard Dawkins’. Even pop culture presumes an Oxford accent trumps a Texas one. How could that come about? It surely is not the quality of the scientific arguments. It comes about by telling children that it is virtuous to believe the bible story, and the rejecting it will result in eternal torment. One has to be very sure Perry is wrong before they can take that risk.

    The pitch should not be focussed so much on the truth of science but the bogosity of the threat of hell. Poke fun at it. People would obviously prefer to believe there is no hell. Unmask the great con — why Christians knowingly tell these lies.

  2. The problem with Republicans, especially the Tea Party, is that they wear their ignorance as a preferred badge of honor. They even compete in making the most stupid and ignorant statements. A veritable philabuster of ignorance and stupidity.

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