Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and internationally renowned atheist, sceptic and humanist has received an award for his ‘work in promoting reason and science worldwide’ during an international gathering of humanist organisations from all over the world. The award was given by the BHA and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) following a conference during the day on ‘Darwin, Humanism and Science’, at which Professor Dawkins was a key speaker.
Hanne Stinson, BHA chief executive, said, ‘Richard Dawkins’ commitment to increasing public understanding of science is unfaltering and he has spent much of his distinguished career so far promoting a rational and humanist approach to the world, with his much celebrated book ‘The God Delusion’ perhaps one of the most well-known and, to some, controversial publications in recent years.’
The arts of the Watchmaker: ‘natural selection impresses us with the appearance of design, but it is an illusion of design and planning’. ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ Richard Dawkins. "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference…DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music." Richard Dawkins ‘River Out Of Eden’.
Becoming human is a process and not some event. Being human is only very little more than a farce, until we have answered and for ourselves, the three most important questions – "Where am I"? "What am I"? "Why am I"? (Note: otherwise, with our thoughts and behaviour – ‘we will be, mostly, at the mercy, or at all of, the nonsensical ‘wishes and whims’ of other people’, possibly, even in some extreme cases – totally are controlled by them – ideology, state, church, and so on…. Ref, life of trivia, and that we may miss out, shamefully: on something of very great importance – certainly, ‘a very great impertinence in the face of the Divine’ – nature or creation)
‘Evolution has been a matter of days well-lived, chameleon strength, energy, zappy sex, sunshine stored up, inventiveness, competitiveness, and the whole fun of busy brain cells.’ Edward Hoagland 1932 – http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1091054/index.htm
"Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas—no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.
In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon." ‘What Shall We Tell The Children’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398
A global education programme designed to foster understanding between religions has been launched by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8091098.stm @ http://tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/
A big fuss! (leave them kids alone)
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm http://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/pages/visiting/visiting.php
And, ‘Sink The Ark’ @ http://www.ark.isambard.com/