Dawkins on Dateline

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Richard Dawkins interviewed on Australian SBS TV show "Dateline".

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Tuesday 22nd June 2010 | 08:26 PM
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Thanks Rodney...

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Gilly

Tuesday 22nd June 2010 | 10:00 PM

"Well, it could come about in the following way, it could be that at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civilization... [came] to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Now that is a possibility, an intriguing possibility, and I suppose it's possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of biochemistry and molecular biology you might find a signature of some sort of designer. And that designer could well be a higher intelligence from elsewhere in the universe." -- Richard Dawkins, biologist, 2008

Trent Greguhn

Trent Greguhn

Wednesday 23rd June 2010 | 05:03 AM
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...in response to this comment by Gilly. He's definitely not talking about an all powerful God. He's talking about a more intelligent species just as fallible as us.

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Gilly

Wednesday 23rd June 2010 | 09:42 AM

Yeah Trent
Dawkins is talking little green men from other planets
Quite rational Chortle Chortle
All hail our great Scientific Pope Mr Dawkins
All hail our religion, Science We believe by faith in evolution and aliens seeding the planet

Hell boy Thats as bad as scientology, is this Dawkins chap a scientologist or something

Jokes on you

Trent Greguhn

Trent Greguhn

Wednesday 23rd June 2010 | 10:00 AM
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Did you get that quote from Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed? Talk about propoganda.

It's quite obvious that Dawkins also doesn't believe that. It was just a what if.

I'd say you're talking in hyperbole's, but that would be quite an understatement. Instead of watching terrible documentaries like the aforementioned one above, just do some real honest to goodness reasearch on the matter.

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Gilly

Wednesday 23rd June 2010 | 01:54 PM

Spout off like a goose all you like Trent and blame everybody else for Dawkins comments, hell it was really the Christians that made him say and think that anyway.
I was told that Dawkins at that stage of his life was having his brain purged and had left it at a dry cleaners. The interview was done by a ventriloquist and Dawkins only mouthed the words by esp or something like that. Truthfully I didnt pay much attention to the story when I heard it

All I know now is that Dawkins is a scientologist and a good mate of Cruise and Travolta, the aliens are going to drop all the Christians in a volcanoes and all athiests will accept ETs as the messiah


Seriously Trent you are deluded if you want to try blame what Dawkins stated on Christians. Deluded

Hope I am not blaspheming here

Marvin the Martian

Marvin the Martian

Wednesday 23rd June 2010 | 02:47 PM
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...in response to this comment by Gilly. Trent is right. Dawkins was indeed talking about little green men.

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Tyler V

Thursday 24th June 2010 | 03:29 PM

But what is so strange and revealing about the comment is that Dawkins thinks it is a viable option that live evolved elsewhere and was transplanted purposely here. Its not what he said, its what he didnt say. If evolution was such a sure thing, wouldnt Dawkins say "aliens? seriously? thats absurd. We know that life evolved from non-life here because we have such and such evidence." But he doesnt. He says that it is a viable option - that is, the surety of life arising spontaneously on earth is weak enough to allow for alien interaction to bring life to earth - which would entail even MORE rapid evolution than ever thought possible (the mathematical chances of life evolving are already astronomical here on earth in such a short time, AND that they would have enough time to master interstellar travel at near light speeds or worm holes or something) - and then life would evolve here (granting that life which was suited for another planet would survive unaided here on earth). It also shows that Dawkins is so blindly a fundamentalist, that he MUST defend evolution from non-living matter, unaided by God, even if it means believing in evolution of an alien species on an unknown planet, without evidence - just by blind faith.

I'm not saying this disproves evolution or proves theism - i'm simply say that maybe Dawkin's shouldnt be seen as such a champion of objective science - or in the least that he should stick to zoology on this planet only.

Henk V

Henk V

Thursday 24th June 2010 | 10:02 PM
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you are still a fucking ignorant Ju-Ju... you are making those implications. Its the basis of every argument you arent parroting from somewhere...but maybe.

You know people pay for irrigation and we read it free from you!





Panspermia..in space no one can hear Ju Ju coming

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Trent Greguhn

Trent Greguhn

Friday 25th June 2010 | 03:09 AM
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...in response to this comment by Tyler V. It's actually quite clear that he doesn't find that a viable option at all. Read any of his books, please-- he's stated that he finds it very unlikely that any alien life has ever visited Earth.

Just seems like you're putting words in his mouth.

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Marvin the Martian

Marvin the Martian

Friday 25th June 2010 | 06:41 AM
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...in response to this comment by Trent Greguhn. Not taking into account that a martian is writing for this blog. tsk tsk.

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Tyler V

Friday 25th June 2010 | 02:51 PM

Ha, I didnt say he was advocating panspermia, I'm saying that if he thinks that it is even a viable option, how weak must the evidence to the contrary be? It cant be that definitive or he would be like many other people and say "well I guess technically its possible, but it is so far beyond probable that it really is just absurd." But I have actually heard him on several occasions not only NOT say that it is really just absurd, but actually say that it is a viable option - he doesnt hold it, but that it is viable. If evolution from non-living matter was such a "fact" as evolutionary fundamentalists would have us believe (the ones like Henk who balk when people say it is a "theory" and not as certain as 2+2=4) then it seems strange that they are also saying it is a viable option within the scientific community.

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