Advent 11 — Richard Dawkins on our “queer” universe

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Here’s a way to get some quick cred­ib­il­ity with some people, let’s knock Richard Dawkins because he’s arrog­ant. He’s just so arrog­ant. No, I’m not going to give you any examples, I’ll just tell you he’s arrog­ant. Because he is really arrog­ant. No, I might not have read any of his books, but I read some­thing by someone who had claimed to have read his work and he said he was arrog­ant. That’s because he is so arrog­ant. I won’t even claim to listen to his talks because I know he’s arrog­ant… and so on.

I think he is wrong some­times, but if you take time to actu­ally pay atten­tion to what he says he is an excel­lent com­mu­nic­ator of sci­ence. Here he talks about how we are nat­ur­ally most com­fort­able with the ‘middle-world’ and so con­stantly can be sur­prised by real­ity at the smal­lest or largest scales. His title, to me, seems much closer to humil­ity than arrogance.

He also talks about some of Steve Grand’s thoughts on waves, which are stunning.

Richard Dawkins on our ‘queer’ universe.