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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.

Nova Wonders
Nova Wonders

   2018    Technology
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome

   2006    History
Reel Rock
Reel Rock

   2014    Culture
Survivors Guide to Prison
Survivors Guide to Prison

   2018    Culture
Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth

   2005    Nature
Dinosaur Planet
Dinosaur Planet

   2003    Science
The Making of the Mob
The Making of the Mob

   2016    History
The Crusades
The Crusades

   2012    History