Saturday, December 8, 2012

Scott Burdick Interviews Richard Dawkins

by Scott Burdick:
This is one of the dozens of interviews I did for a documentary on Reason that I'm currently editing. Because I'll only be able to use a small part of this interview in the documentary, I thought I'd put up the full interview on youtube since the conversation I had with Richard Dawkins was so interesting in its entirety.

Our dialogue was pretty free-flowing so doesn't have any overarching theme or direction, but was more akin to a back-and-forth chat one might indulge in over diner. I threw a few images in to add some visual fun, though they are only loosely related to what we discussed.

Interviewing this celebrated scientist and author was certainly a high point for me, personally, since Richard is one of the modern thinkers that have greatly influenced me since I first read his books "The Selfish Gene" and "The Blind Watchmaker" in High School and Art School. If only they were required reading, the critical thinking skills of our graduates would be honed to a sharper degree than is currently the case.

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