Monday, January 21, 2008

Richard, Daniel, Sam and Christopher :The Four Horsemen

On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion, convened by RDFRS and filmed by Josh Timonen.
All four authors have recently received a large amount of media attention for their writings against religion - some positive, and some negative.In this conversation the group trades stories of the public’s reaction to their recent books, their unexpected successes, criticisms and common misrepresentations. They discuss the tough questions about religion that face to world today, and propose new strategies for going forward.
Hour 1

Science is not simply a secular religion that works by decree. Science is tested, over and over and over, to extreme degrees, and those hypothesis that don't pass that testing are removed. It actually makes predictions, and is held accountable to those predictions. Religion has nothing comparable, and is indeed the exact opposite of science. Religion is systematically incomprehensible, and deliberately designed to be immune to refutation. It's all wishful thinking, based on faith, and any prophecy made is easily shown to be false (and subsequently pushed further along to a later time) or a generalized nonsense that your horoscope would put forth.
Hour 2

Authors’ Recommended Books: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins , Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennett, Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris ,The End of Faith by Sam Harris, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

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