Richard Dawkins in my home town

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Richard Dawkins in my home town

Just reporting that I last night (March 4) attended a presentation by Richard Dawkins in my city of Brisbane in Australia.

He pretty much filled a 2000 seat theatre. It was said to be sold out, but there were empty seats - not many.

He was basically talking about what he had written in his latest book, "The Greatest Show on Earth", but he did make a number of his more general observations, of course.

It was basically about evolution, at least partly as a tribute to the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species last year.

It was good, standard Dawkins, went over well, had a bunch of good questions at the end which I thought he handled pretty well.

 

I was almost disappointed there were no really anti-evolution questioners, might have been more exciting.

 

The book was on sale in the foyer, as well as The God Delusion, and a couple other recent ones.

I picked up a copy of The God Delusion for Brian37, so that RD could sign it, all under strict instruction and pain of being verbally beaten up, and spent the rest of the evening talking with a bunch of fellow non-believers, mostly from our local Atheist Meetup group.

In summary, a great night out.

 

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Lol

 

 

Nice work Brian37. I've seen Dawkins get pretty heated on tv shows - maybe having archbishop george pell in the crowd might have increased the excitement levels...

 

 

 

 

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He's lying, I wouldn't have

He's lying, I wouldn't have beaten him up. I would have hired a hit man. You might want to ask Bob about a Darwin license plate before you judge me for being so harsh on him.

 

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Bob, glad you had fun. I

Bob, glad you had fun. I knew you were looking forward to this.

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Very cool. I hope he makes

Very cool. I hope he makes it to NYC one of these days. I'm sure he has a calendar of appearances somewhere, I should watch it.

I'm curious, does Dawkins know about this forum (I guess he does now)? Does anyone know if he's ever visited? I think I've seen a member named "RichardDawkins" but I assumed that was just an homage.


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                   There is a video on this site with Richard Dawkins in studio with Brian Sapient, KellyM and Rook I don't know how to que it up for you but it is here.

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Brian37 just informed me

Brian37 just informed me that the fourth signature was Sam Harris.

Not to devalue Ali, but how could I have forgotten that?! I love Sam!

After all this time since we talked about it, all the 'big names' mentioned in the context of that conference, I could not sort out the ones which were on the trophy.

The other three were reasonably 'decipherable', but Sam's was far from clear apart from two strong vertical strokes which now 'obviously' belong to the 'H'.

The trophy, and the signed title page

 The Souvenir  R.D. signature

 

 

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Jeffrick

Jeffrick wrote:

 

 

 

                   There is a video on this site with Richard Dawkins in studio with Brian Sapient, KellyM and Rook I don't know how to que it up for you but it is here.

I looked around, but unfortunately I couldn't find it either. I feel really stupid though, because I had seen the debate with Kirk Cameron and whats-his-face before I was a member here. I had no idea that was Brian Sapient...der.