From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2011 16:37:46 +0100 Archived: Sun, 04 Sep 2011 19:20:19 -0400 Subject: Richard Dawkins 'The Purpose Of Purpose' Top Documentary Films.Com http://tinyurl.com/4x5rmz7 The Purpose Of Purpose: Richard Dawkins (Lecture) Prof. Dawkins titled his talk as The Purpose of Purpose and began with an anecdote of Peter Atkins being asked by one of the Royal Family, But what about the why questions?, and Atkins replying, That is a silly question. Dawkins noted that asking why for inanimate objects like air or rocks is almost always considered inappropriate. But asking why living organisms are seems to often have been done in the past. He noted a number of amusing instances, such as claims that domestic animals provide a means to keep their meat fresh until we have need to eat them, lice were a strong incentive to personal cleanliness, large predators allowed hunters to test their courage, and horseflies encouraged industry and the use of wits in combating them. This mindset persists to this day, said Dawkins, popping up the Ray Comfort banana video, which got an especially large dollop of audience laughter with Comfortís assertion that the banana has just the right shape to fit in the human mouth. Dawkins noted that, unfortunately, the video was not simply a joke. Comfort apparently has offered to give Dawkins $10,000 to debate Comfort. Dawkins responded saying that he would take Comfort up on that only if Comfort donated $100K to Dawkinsí new foundation. Then Dawkins compared the modern, domesticated version of the banana to the fruit of the wild banana, showing that many of the properties that Comfort was ascribing to Godís design were actually choices made in artificial selection by humans. Watch the full documentary (lecture) now My own comments about this 60 minute 2009 lecture: I have to say I found it hard to believe that that banana segment was not a spoof - with people like Comfort opposing Dawkins he can't fail to have an easy ride. I think Dawkins is best when he focuses on biology - his insights into the 'archeo-purpose' of insects and flowers are fascinating. He argues that in evolutionary terms, we humans seem to have lost our way and suggests things like adoption and contraception are alien to the non-human world. But surely nature's way of overproducing - sometimes millions - of young which die, is a form of contraception? Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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