Monday, 13 August 2007

New Dawkins show starts tonight, 8pm, Channel 4

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Having lucratively attacked the tenets of monotheism, Richard Dawkins now turns his attention to alternative therapies and psuedo-science in his new TV programme The Enemies of Reason.

Broadcast tonight (13 August) on Channel 4 at 8pm, with the second part airing next Monday (20 August), The Enemies of Reason will confront "apparently harmless but utterly irrational belief systems from astrology to New Age mysticism, clairvoyance to alternative health remedies." Of course Dawkins does not view these as harmless, as the press release for the show states:
"Richard Dawkins confronts what he sees as an epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking. He explains the dangers the pick and mix of knowledge and nonsense poses in the internet age, and passionately re-states the case for reason and science."

The hilarious Charlie Brooker wrote about The Enemies of Reason in his column in Saturday's Guardian, declaring it "possibly the most important broadcast of the year so far". Anyone who regularly reads Brooker's columns will know he rarely has good things to say about TV shows (well, except when he's quite rightly enthusing about The Wire), so it seems Dawkins' new show is not to be missed.