From the accompanying YouTube commentary to this seminal 2002 TED lecture by Richard Dawkins (no point in reinventing the wheel…):
The session was titled “The Design of Life,” and the TED audience was probably expecting remarks about evolution’s role in our history from biologist Richard Dawkins. Instead, he launched into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education (quoting Douglas Adams in the bargain). Scientists and intellectuals hold very different beliefs about God from the American public, he says, yet they are cowed by the overall political environment. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist.
It’s really a statement of what should now be completely obvious — religion is a dismal failure of the imagination… an impoverished ideology and vestigial philosophical remnant of our primitive origins that stubbornly persists largely by virtue of tradition and mawkish sentimentality.
Note: If you don’t care to sit through the whole thing (about 30 mins. in total) then at least treat yourself to the first few minutes of video #2 in which Dawkins plays “guest editor” of a fictitious scientific journal positing the question: “Did an asteroid kill the dinosaurs?” in response to which he then proffers several imagined “religious” answers to this mystery, illustrating how perfectly ludicrous and inadequate “faith-based” thinking is when it comes to addressing scientific problems.
Yes, I know… absolutely shocking, isn’t it? Not that I’m turning into the Comics Curmudgeon or anything, but it seems that Dilbert has become increasingly irrelevant and rather annoying. How sad.
For all his brilliant, incisive wit, Scott Adams just seems to be “phoning it in” these days and recycling mordant, utterly tedious office-related humour that appeared bright and crisp ten years ago, but now has all the acerbic bite of a “Family Circle” cartoon or other such wearisome, syndicated retreads that purport to be amusing distractions in the “funny pages” of our daily dog trainers.
I don’t normally go in for “Best of” awards and such, but what the heck. Why not take 20 seconds out of your busy day and go vote for me under “Best Political Blog”… Clearly, it’s not the “best” (that honorific would have to go to our friend Dred Tory inmho, but unlike me, he seems to have a life and doesn’t publish as often as we’d like…) If nothing else, consider it an anti-SDA vote.
So go already! Then come back and enjoy this delightful old chestnut from David Sedaris:
Gosh darn those profligate, high-flyin’ Conservatives…
Some federal travellers can’t seem to get to London, England, for less than $6,000, even though economy seats were available for $1,000 to $2,000. In our analysis of 60,000 travel records over four years, we found $18,000 flights to Australia, $7,000 flights to Paris, $11,000 flights to Indonesia and $8,000 flights to Switzerland.
Not to worry — problem solved:
PMO spokesman Kory Teneycke says the number of political aides allowed to travel with a minister will be limited to two.
And he says the government is considering a plan to encourage public servants to fly economy class.
Oh and besides, the Liberals were worse, so there!
When, oh when will the Conservatives ever tire of this supremely feeble excuse?