Queerer than you can suppose: Dawkins on ted.com


I’m not RIchard Dawkins biggest fan (I know; like he’s worried); for someone who holds the Charles Simonyi Professorship in the Public Understanding of Science he seems to take enormous delight on slighting those he disagrees with – particularly in relation to Creationism.

However it is in relation to extolling the wonder of science that he excels. Consider the following as part of the job description:

The goal is for the public to appreciate the order and beauty of the abstract and natural worlds which is there, hidden, layer-upon-layer. To share the excitement and awe that scientists feel when confronting the greatest of riddles. To have empathy for the scientists who are humbled by the grandeur of it all.

Take any of the wonderful ideas Dawkins speaks about in the clip above and have fun looking for it in a Science syllabus.

Thanks to Peter Kinvara for pointing me in the right direction to find this in a comment on a related posting

The clip is obviously from youtube because for some reason ted.com doesn’t allow video embedding.


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