Queerer Than We Suppose: The strangeness of science

by alphamonkey on December 17, 2007 · 3 comments

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I’m a big fan of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, as his absolute unwillingness to compromise on the purity of science and scientific ideas makes him a torchbearer in this decidedly scientifically unfriendly times. Of course, the fact that he’s a right bastard (when you’re on the wrong side of his argument) makes for some great entertainment, but most of all he’s simply a brilliant and effective communicator who is always a compelling listen/read.

This clip from the 2005 TEDTalk conference is a wonderful piece on the inherent bizarreness of our universe and our species’ apparently inability to fully grasp the complexity of it all, due in part to the limitations of our perceptions. So take some time and listen to Richard Dawkins throw down on life, the universe, and everything.

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  • Gorlog

    I am a huge Dawkins fan. Although his ego is large enough to have its own satellites.

    I am also a huge reader of Sam Harris. I find his writing to be a bit more eloquent.

  • rutkowskilives

    Decidedly unscientifically friendly time? Really?

    In the history of the world, there has never been a time kinder to scientific discovery. I would suggest that your statement supports Dawkins’ belief that man is limited by his perception.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    There is certainly an undercurrent of anti-science and reason in American culture, and it’s a movement that’s garnered far too much support over the last few years. But by all means, illuminate us to how I’m wrong.

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