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Wed Apr 18, 2012, 10:42 PM

Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

Professor Richard Dawkins reveals how he came to write his explosive first book The Selfish Gene, a work that was to divide the scientific community and make him the most influential evolutionary biologist of his generation. He also explores how this set him on the path to becoming an outspoken spokesman for atheism.

http://richarddawkins.net/videos/645647-richard-dawkins-on-beautiful-minds-bbc-four-wed-april-25

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Reply Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25 (Original post)
MindMover Apr 2012 OP
mr blur Apr 2012 #1
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AlbertCat Apr 2012 #5
MindMover Apr 2012 #6
onager Apr 2012 #3
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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 05:08 PM

1. Do you think this is likely to be shown on U.S. TV at some point?

I mean, why not?

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Response to mr blur (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 05:25 PM

2. Richards demeanor does not lend itself for television.....

a bit dour and way to straightforward for the current populations imagination......

now, if he were to appear on American Idol, just in the audience and be seen on the tele....then you might have something......

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Response to MindMover (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 21, 2012, 09:24 PM

5. way to straightforward

way TOO straightforward

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Response to mr blur (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 09:16 PM

3. You forgot the sarcasm smiley!

But the ROFL smiley would probably be better.

I think you know this already. But it took THREE YEARS to get Jonathan Miller's Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief onto U.S. TV.

Even then, it only appeared on PBS. Which, in the U.S., is the media equivalent of renting a projector and showing it on a barn wall somewhere in North Dakota.

Oh, and the name had to be changed. That A-word SCARES most Americans. As even Wikipedia reported:

PBS's usual corporate sponsors were not enthusiastic about the series.

Bwah! That's sort of like saying, "The Imam was not enthusiastic about the pork chops."

After a title change (including removal of the word "atheism"), the series was finally underwritten by the Center for Inquiry, the American Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association, the Institute for Humanist Studies, and the HKH Foundation (Harold K. Hochschild Foundation).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism:_A_Rough_History_of_Disbelief

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sat Apr 21, 2012, 09:21 PM

4. Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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