Tuesday, November 07, 2017

A fundamentalist after all? Dawkins on what would change his mind

"Passion for passion, an evangelical Christian and I may be evenly matched. But we are not equally fundamentalist. The true scientist, however passionately he may 'believe', in evolution for example, knows exactly what would change his mind: evidence! The fundamentalist knows that nothing will."
- Richard Dawkins, "How dare you call me a fundamentalist" (2007) 

From 2015: 

Boghossian: What would it take for you to believe in God?
Dawkins: I used to say it would be very simple. It would be the Second Coming of Jesus or a great, big, deep, booming, bass voice saying “I am God.” But I was persuaded, mostly by Steve Zara, who is a regular contributor to my website. He more or less persuaded me that even if there was this booming voice in the Second Coming with clouds of glory, the probable explanation is that it is a hallucination or a conjuring trick by David Copperfield. He made the point that a supernatural explanation for anything is incoherent. It doesn’t add up to an explanation for anything. A non-supernatural Second Coming could be aliens from outer space.


Kevin said...

Of course, we knew Dawkins was close-minded on the issue long before he admitted it.

Starhopper said...

The mistake people make concerning the "Second Coming" is that they try to imagine it as just another sensory event, subject to the doubts and uncertainties of the present world. It will not be like that at all. It will be the end of the current order of reality. We will truly "wake up" to a level of consciousness that simply will not allow for wondering whether something is real or not- we will know.

Joseph Hinman (Metacrock) said...

yes Starhopper but I bet some atheists will spend a couple of million years denying it trying to pretend it's going away.

Joseph Hinman (Metacrock) said...

Legion of Logic said...
Of course, we knew Dawkins was close-minded on the issue long before he admitted it.

November 07, 2017 10:58 AM

right. you know I;ve been on face book cause I keep looking for the like button,