Saturday, 9 August 2008

Will he turn up?

On Monday, the "Edinburgh Creation Group" is hosting a talk (this is during the Edinburgh fringe week, I think) with blurb as follows:
"In 2006, the British atheist, Richard Dawkins, published his book, The God Delusion. Since then it has caused a big stir worldwide, causing many to question the existence of God. He once said, 'It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that)'. A local scientist, Dr Marc Surtees, looks at the evidence."
Dr. Surtees, according to the same web page, "has a first degree in Applied Biology and a PhD in Zoology", so he's qualified in the same field as Dawkins was before Dawkins left behind professional science in order to dedicate himself to promoting amateur philosophy ...

Anyway, I just heard on the grapevine that Dawkins himself is in Edinburgh (there is a debate between Professor John Lennox and Christopher Hitchens in Edinburgh today, so I suppose Dawkins is there for that), and that he walked past someone handing out fliers for this debate, who also had fliers for the above "God Delusion" talk - with Dawkins' face on them!

I wonder if he'll turn up! I doubt it. The "God Delusion" book itself seems to be a studied attempt to be ignorant of what theists would actually argue. Follow the label link for more of that...

This reminds me that the Professor did read my parable "Does Richard Dawkins Exist?", and he didn't like it at all - IMO, too close to the bone!

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