Monday, 4 August 2008

Dawkins on Darwin, tonight on Channel 4, 8pm

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No doubt many of you are looking forward to Richard Dawkins's welcome return to home turf with tonight's Channel 4 documentary The Genius of Darwin.

The title's fairly self-explanatory and since I haven't seen it yet I think I'll hand you over to someone who has – read the ever-brilliant Charlie Brooker's review from Saturday's Guardian.

Let's discuss the documentary tomorrow when we've actually seen it. In the meantime, here's a clip to whet your appetites.


George Jelliss said...

Richard Dawkins at one point shows film of wildlife in Kenya that depicts "nature red in tooth and claw", yet at the end concludes with Darwin's own comment that "There is grandeur in this view of life" ... I find these two statements difficult to reconcile. The evolution of life over an enormous period of time is impressive, but the detail of it is in many ways horrific.

Darwin himself said in another often quoted phrase "What a book a Devil's Chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low & horridly cruel works of nature!" (Letter to Hooker 1856).

If I, as an atheist, have difficulty with facing the reality, how much more difficult is it for religious believers?

Dentist Clearwater said...

It would be really difficult for the people who have their strong faith on their religion.