Monday, October 23, 2006

More on Dawkins...

Have been busy replying to comments on my previous post on Dawkins...

In the meanwhile, The God Delusion remains on number two on Amazon bestsellers charts.

Also this week's New York Times Book Review has him on its cover. The review is mixed to negative. It seems Dawkins is really very angry about the state of the affairs.

I had written about the Dawkins documentary "The God Delusion" and "The Virus of Belief" earlier this year. The book I think grew out of that documentary.

This is another article which I liked a lot. More temperate than Dawkins but he is essentially saying the same thing.

If you are in the mood of something funnier and less solemn, here's something -- a crude caricature.

9 comments:

jyothsnay said...

@the link ...the crude caricature
...proven to be quite a rib-tickler at some points,with the exclusion of a few crossroads where the humor was felt to be ungraspable for a midgety creature like me, stood lost with a sense of impatience blended with ambiguity...but overall, I enjoyed the light-hearted flavour around it...thank you

Alok said...

"stood lost with a sense of impatience blended with ambiguity"

wow, your comments make me think :)

I was alluding to the first part of the article where he was caricaturing Dawkins's hardline atheism.

jyothsnay said...

well, I did savour my sail through cognitively manufactured neurobiological turbulent pristine blue waters, smeared with edgy sarcasm...yup, there was a smoother a download of "feel good molecules", called endorphins...:)
like most, have hardened enough after having fought with alarmingly provocative stultifying satire....but I admit, I reached the shore embittered n embellished with crystals..haha!

Alok said...

okay, so you write parody too... hmmm.

Cheshire Cat said...

I liked the Grayling article.

As for caricatures of Dawkins, they're unnecessary, Dawkins is quite capable of caricaturing himself.

Alok said...

:)

just a sign that he and his ideas have become too mainstream and too well known!

scarecrow said...

well, when we can have religious fundamentalist why not a scientific one...:)

Tom L said...

although i agree with Dawkins on almost everything, and think he is highly entertaining as well, i have to agree with angry arab (http://angryarab.blogspot.com) that he doesn't need to be the 2nd most mentioned character in his own book (God being #1) - he might almost be considered The Selfish Author with all those self-references.

also, there's very little he has to say that Bertand Russell didn't say more than 50 years ago.

Alok said...

Hi Tom,

Thanks for Visiting. Indeed, he has very little original to say on the subject of religion. But we do need as many voices as we can. They are many ways to tackle religious fanaticism and zealotry and Dawkins's is only one of the many ways.