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Richard Dawkins Versus Young Earth Creationist Politician - Video


Science & Tech  (tags: debate, religion, science )

Kit
- 424 days ago - youtube.com
A religious politician gets called cut by a prominent scientist. Things get pretty awkward.



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Kit B. (276)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:28 am
Photo Credit: finkorswim.com (Richard Dawkins)


Richard Dawkins strikes fear into the hearts of most creationists because of his outspoken support of evolution, science, and atheism. When Australian Sen. Steve Fielding gets asked about his creationist beliefs, it's pretty clear that he doesn't really want to answer the questions. Dawkins may have enjoyed it, but I don't think Fielding was having a good time.

What ever your personal views, this is worth watching.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:51 am
Yes, and the width of the US is 8 yards. I get this was 2010, but I don't think that percentage has changed much. 40 to 45% of Americans, and I don't know if this of Americans who consider themselves religious or if it includes all Americans who hold other beliefs, believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old. This fellow wouldn't be pinned down over this fact, but I think it would be great fun to have this question be on the dais for every panel debate during the next couple national election cycles. Let's find out who really believes that. Personally, I don't think our one percent believe it for a second, not one of them, they may SAY they do, but that is to keep the rest of us in fear and in line. I'm not truly sure that even the Tea Party leaders believe that in their heart of hearts, nor people like Cantor or Ryan. Cuccinelli? Yeah, he probably does. But he's a well known fool, fooling no one but himself and a couple hundred supporters. :^)
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:03 am

After one survey showed 40% of Americans said they attend church at least once a week, a privately funded study found that by head count less than 18% attend church even once a week. That was also verified by many religious leaders. People lie to fit in or say what they think is expected of them, even when their own name will not show up in a survey. Another study found that many attend church not to pray to their deity but for business and social reasons. I have no objection to this, we all need a social outlet and churches have been a good place to do and gain business for a very long time.

To deny science, to deny what the well educated religious leaders have long acknowledged evolution as provable facts is just ridiculous. Though it sure does work in the US to deny both evolution and climate change.

I recently heard one tea bag House member say that thousands of scientists dispute that climate change is man made. That is a lie, and when he was asked where he got that information he sputtered and then attempted to change the topic. I'm sure some that wanted to believe him did.

All of this proves one thing, our founding fathers would be astounded that we have so corrupted their own intentions of keeping religion out of the government.
 

Vivian B. (158)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:08 pm
Man, some people are just flat deniers! There was a Mammoth unearthed in Oklahoma just in the last week or so. And it made big news about how old it was. I can't remember how many thousands of years old it was proven to be. But it was definitely a lot older than 10k years! And it was found by people digging to install a deep water line in a pasture. It was all there and it was HUGE! Now with that in mind, how can the creationist say that the earth is so "young"? These fossils are found all over the place! How can they deny the age of the earth? And how can they deny evolution? There certainly no mammoths that are in the Bible! And there is not one account of mammoths being found close to any human remains. How do they explain that?
Just a thought! Thanks for the brain exercise, Kit! And I loved all the posters that came with this video!
Many more stars than C2 will let me send in one day!
 

Brad Miller (120)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:00 pm
Sometimes I fear it will be 10,000 years before this sort of willful ignorance is extinct. Dawkins is awesome.
 

Meme Mine (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:58 pm
Prove Me Wrong
The scientists only agreed it COULD be a crisis and have NEVER agreed or said a climate change crisis "WILL" happen or is "inevitable" or "eventual". SO WHY ARE YOU SAYING IT WILL HAPPEN?
30 years of "maybe" is not good enough to condemn your own children so please stop this Reefer Madness of climate blame. It was an exaggeration so be happy a crisis wasn't real after all.
Get up to date:
*Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
*Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).
 

Barbara K. (75)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 3:35 pm
I believe there is evidence of both.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 6:55 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Kit. I always enjoy watching/listening to Dawkins speak. woo-hoo! He really left Fielding hemming-and-hawing. And, the audience reaction was great.
When I was in elementary school in the 60's, and being raised as Catholic, I asked my mom about evolution and god one day. She explained that science and evolution were all correct....then, one day, god breathed life into humans. I was satisfied with that answer back then.
As an adult, I carefully considered the subject, and decided long ago to take god out of that equation. It works just fine for me, and I'm much happier.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:08 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Kit. I always enjoy watching/listening to Dawkins speak. woo-hoo! He really left Fielding hemming-and-hawing. And, the audience reaction was great.
When I was in elementary school in the 60's, and being raised as Catholic, I asked my mom about evolution and god one day. She explained that science and evolution were all correct....then, one day, god breathed life into humans. I was satisfied with that answer back then.
As an adult, I carefully considered the subject, and decided long ago to take god out of that equation. It works just fine for me, and I'm much happier.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:56 pm
noted, thanks
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:43 pm
A fascinating video, so many possibilities out there, science has many viable explanations to the human experience. I am not too trusting of extreme fundamentalism, no matter what the religion, while there are those who are very moderate.
 

Phillip Ferrell (14)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:49 pm
I have to agree with Barbara K. I think it just might all tie in together somehow.
 

Janelle Seabock (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:31 pm
Surprised to see Richard Dawkins supported on a human rights site, given that he has a wealth of problematic stances (for example, religion being literally worse than molesting children.)
 

James Travers (49)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:40 pm
Uhmmm Meme Mine are you sure you're commenting on the right story?

Anyway... I enjoyed seeing that politician squirm about his belief on the age of the Earth. Apparently politicians are the same everywhere Good luck getting a straight answer out of any of them
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:03 am
I adore Dawkins and am reading one of his earliest, The Selfish Gene" which is fascinating!
 

Ben Oscarsito (351)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:59 am
Richard Dawkins, I with You!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:22 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Craig Pittman (47)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:32 am
I can't help but be reminded of the "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925 as popularized by the move, "Inherit the Wind". One would have thought that fundamentalist thinking would have become extinct by now. Hopefully the polls are way off on this issue as you say Kit and that people say one thing and believe another. Great clip thanks Kit.
 

Azmi Timur (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 10:04 am
Noted thanks ;)
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:34 pm
Science 1, people believing earth is a10,000 year old planet-0. SCORE!!!!
 

Connie Concepcion (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:35 pm
What a complete moron.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:07 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:55 pm
Bill Maher "Religion, it stops people from thinking because they think all the answers are in that one book; it impedes progress; it justifies crazy people."
 

Julie W. (22)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:07 pm
I can believe in God and still believe in evolution. It's religion I cant support. Dawkins doesn't believe in either, and confuses spirituality with religion. His views are pretty exrteme.

Thank Heavens Steve Fielding is no longer in parliament. He was an idiot!
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 5:52 pm
noted, Thanks
 

Robyn Brice (4)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:12 am
I love Richard Dawkins. Great article.
 

Dmitry Nikiforov (236)
Monday October 21, 2013, 1:01 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 5:29 am
Thanks.,
 

Beverly M. (91)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 9:40 am
Once again it's hard to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. Love the clip Kit, thanks for sharing! Critical thinking obviously is not the forte for those reliigious fundamentalists who believe in creationism above science.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 9:48 pm
The ignorance in this country breaks my heart and causes me to feel great shame. It's truly painful to encounter such ignorance. Preachers and men of the "cloth" should be ashamed of themselves. It never ceases to amaze me how much influence a priest or preacher can have on people, and I am entitled to say that as the daughter of a retired Episcopal priest. Thank you for an excellent video. I have to second Beverly's assertion. Giggle giggle! :)
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 9:57 pm
This tragedy of this kind of ignorance is a direct result of a lack of education, a religious indoctrination intended to manipulate people, and a willingness to accept information without engaging in reflection. The church sought to control the people because if you control the people you acquire great power and wealth. Pat Buchanan has said that there is a great deal of money to be made in religion, and while he laughed when he said it, he was serious.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:38 pm
Barbara, and Philip,, there is no "EVIDENCE' of both. There is no EVIDENCE to support Creationism. There is circular thinking and stuff made up to appear as evidence.
For something to be evidence, it must be capable of withstanding testing,, and so it must be something of this concrete world, not of something extra-sensory, or based on Faith, or "received wisdom." For these things start with magical thinking, and can not be tested.
Furthermore, when something is tested, and fails, it is not held as an "alternative" version.
This is how science works, people submit, suggest hypotheses, and if these are found faulty, they are discarded. Done!
 

David C. (25)
Friday November 1, 2013, 9:05 am
so 40-45 % of U.$.Amis (say they) belive in what would be parallel to the USA being 8 yards across ...

" Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. "
-- Francois-Marie Arouet 'Voltaire' (1694-1778) in "Questions sur les miracles" (1765)

Clearly, ''Christianity'' is a sickness, a cancer of the mind, destroying reason ...
 
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