Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:I'd like to put Dawkins in a room with Alan Wallace and see him reduced to a quivering pile of jello.
greentara wrote:Catmoon, Are you serious? You're really dazzled by Dawkins and his various degrees! I've seen him debate a Catholic Arch Bishop, Dawkins became quite testy and lost his cool a couple of times and then put it down to jet lag....poor lamb.
lobster wrote:Sadly the videos are blocked in the UK.
Which is a shame because I have seen very few debates with non straw men.
Frankly I find anyone countering bad education, misinformation and the other excesses of rampant bigotry as a religion is quite right to address these 'debates' first and foremost.
If someone keeps quoting a book of rules, the Bible as 'self evidential'
you are working with very poor debaters. I hope the above videos were of a higher quality
greentara wrote:Catmoon, I was talking about Archbishop Pell and he doesn't have a Phd and yet I found Dawkins struggling at certain points in the debate. I know a few people who have doctorates, whilst certainly clever and diligent I would be hard pressed to call them brilliant. Dawkins says "How much of what we believe about our world is the result of what we have been conditioned or told to think? To what extent are we influenced by our parents and our surroundings? Or do we believe what we believe because we have actually and quite independently thought it through?" How many of us on this forum come from a Buddhist background? My parents were not Buddhists.
Dawkins has now gathered a huge following and is quite thin skinned, he bristles when challenged. Does he think he's a superstar? I suspect he does. His reaction to criticism shows his flawed nature.
futerko wrote:Surely there is no doubting Dawkins expertise in zoology, ethology, and evolutionary biology - his writings on philosophy and theology are no doubt superior to Wallace's understanding of animal behaviour.
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