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Series: The Root of All Evil

 

The God Delusion

   2006    Culture
Atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins visits England, America and Israel interveiwing prominant people of faith; Islamic, Hasidic Jews, and the new Christian sects popping up throughout the world, and expressing his view of the extent to which this fanaticism has degraded our civilisation, and will continue to degrade it. "The God Delusion" explores the unproven beliefs that are treated as factual by many religions and the extremes to which some followers have taken them. Dawkins opens the programme by describing the "would-be murderers ... who want to kill you and me, and themselves, because they're motivated by what they think is the highest ideal." Dawkins argues that "the process of non-thinking called faith" is not a way of understanding the world, but instead stands in fundamental opposition to modern science and the scientific method, and is divisive and dangerous.

The Virus of Faith

   2006    Culture
Dawkins opines that the moral framework of religions is warped, and argues against the religious indoctrination of children. He discusses specifically the idea of religion seen as a virus in the sense of a meme. He begins by explaining how a child is genetically programmed to believe without questioning the word of authority figures, especially parents – the evolutionary imperative being that no child would survive by adopting a sceptical attitude towards everything their elders said. But this same imperative, he claims, leaves children open to infection by religion.
Breakthrough
Breakthrough

   2015    Medicine
The Germanic Tribes
The Germanic Tribes

   2007    History
Art of Spain
Art of Spain

   2008    Art
Planet Earth II
Planet Earth II

   2016    Nature
The Secrets of Quantum Physics
The Secrets of Quantum Physics

   2014    Science
The Brain with David Eagleman
The Brain with David Eagleman

   2015    Medicine
Galapagos with David Attenborough
Galapagos with David Attenborough

   2013    Nature
Through the Wormhole Season 7
Through the Wormhole Season 7

   2016    Culture