Curiously, while the many have spoken against Wilson's outdated views about kin selection, they remain largely silent on Dawkins' outdated views about group selection. I will therefore list points made by Dawkins in his review that have been rejected by the many long ago.
Light on the nature of the world can come from any source, whether it is C.S. Lewis or his polar opposite, Richard Dawkins, or simply a song I hear on the radio. In any case, if there is truth to what I hear, I would be foolish to ignore it.
The weekend saw a rare TV report airing complaints that atheists serving in the military claim about official discrimination against them. It was carried in the perhaps unlikely setting of PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," often considered to be a media venue for believers.
The freedom to practice any faith -- a freedom that of course embraces the holding of no faith at all: atheism, in other words -- has freshly become a pressing issue in, of all intriguing places, the United States military.
One of the Creationists' main tools is the argument that evolutionists are simply militant atheists in drag, who care more about dissing religion than about understanding evolution. Pro-evolution debaters will enjoy far more success by active engagement with evolution doubters.
When God and belief are stripped out of the equation, we are left with rituals and practices that are primarily hedonistic and hollow. What de Botton offers us is "religion for atheists," but what he gives us is pseudo-religion and empty routine.
Supporters of the Reason Rally say they want to promote secular values, but in asserting that they are beleaguered and ought to forge a sense of togetherness based on that, they reveal that their true roots lie in therapy culture and in its relative - identity politics.
We must consolidate a singular identity. With 845 million users worldwide, Facebook has decided on behalf of the cyber universe that everything MUST be social. And the tyranny of a compulsorily social world is that it negates the possibility of the underground and the alternative.
The performance in question has Dawkins stumbling, uncharacteristically, when pressed to give the full title to Darwin's major treatise "On the Origin of Species." Dawkins declared that he'd been "ambushed" by the question.
That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics are almost uniformly negative.
Bigotry. Intolerance. Censorship. Not words that you would normally associate with a literature festival. Yet, over the last six days at the Jaipur Literature Festival, they've dominated panel discussions, been whispered during readings, and littered furious debates around tea stalls.