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Inspired with a touch of arrogance,
This review is from: The Richard Dawkins Collection (The Genius of Charles Darwin, The Enemies of Reason and The Root of All Evil?) [DVD] (DVD)Richard Dawkins is a champion of reason. There can be no doubt about that. This series explores that and the folly of religion in real depth taking us to some very scary places to meet some very scary people. But these scary people are all 'children of God' and these scary places are places of worship.
In 'The Root of all Evil?' Prof Dawkins challenges the hypocrosy, contradiction and potential evils of fundamentalist religion and you want to cheer him on at every stage of confrontation he has. It is a truly thought provoking, unmissable expose of all the things we thought we knew about Christianity and God. If you have any religious leaning you may not like what you hear. If you are teetering on the edge, this will pull you back to a life of reason and sanity, and if you are an atheist, this will cement your chosen path.
But... and here is why I only gave it 4 stars...when you watch 'The Enemies of Reason' you might feel a twinge of annoyance at Prof Dawkins complete refusal to accept that there are some things we don't understand and just have to accept. Alternative therapy is his bug bear. He will not, under any circumstances agree that it has a place in modern society, and sadly comes down 1 star in my estimations when he shows a touch of arrogance bordering on contempt for anyone working in this field.
He makes very valid points and points that I wholeheartedly agree with, however has to accept that some homeopathic remedies work for some and not for others, and that just because there hasn't been clinical trials on say 'Rutagrav' (for joints) that it is rubbish. Well it works for me. I don't know why but it does, and aspirin has never, ever cured my headache. (Neither for that matter has a cough medicine ever cured my cough.)
I think what Prof Dawkins should realise is that people who turn to alternative medicine, have in most cases tried clinical medicine and failed. Alternative is the only place left for them.
To finish on a positive (those in the Forces will have heard of the poo sandwhich!)he rightly does pour scorn on the absurd alternative therapies of guardian angels, aura photographs, light christal therapies etc. The piece on spiritulism and talking to the dead is worth the price of the DVD alone, just to see the 'medium' squirming.
Get it, watch it, open your mind, change your outlook on life and recommend it to others.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2008 12:24:41 GMT
S. Chapman says:
Yet believing that Humans are central to the workings of the Universe itself in the case of religion isn't arrogant?
By the same token, shunning medical treatments that have taken years of research and been through painstakingly strict tests, in favour of something that you just "believe" works even though it hasn't been subject to any test, and if it has, it fails*, and SELLING this to people isn't arrogant?
*if it doesn't fail, it no longer becomes "alternative", it's testable, it's science.
Posted on 17 Feb 2009 19:08:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Mar 2009 18:08:51 BDT
Magic Lemur says:
'Poo Sandwich' - lol!
About alternative medicine - I had a dog that was given homeopathic treatment for arthritis (after several different treatments as the vet) and the homeopathy worked! I dunno how as animals lack the placebo effect, but it shows there may be stg there worth further investigation...
That's not to say there is not a lot of superstitious nonsense around the subject, but strident (and, to an extent, blinkered) anger on the subject is not the correct answer.
Oh, and yes Dawkins can be arrogant - much like any other human being. A prime example of this is 'The Genius of Charles Darwin', which is brimming over with Dawkins' ideas (e.g. Selfish Genes) & has little input from other Biologists. Face it Dicky-D fans - he's not a God!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2009 20:36:57 BDT
Inigo Balboa says:
"it shows there may be stg there worth further investigation... " That's what Dawkins is for: Science investigating what we don't know until we know
Does he ever say that his documentary 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' tries to be fair with all biologists' points of view? Or does he present Darwin's theory from his own, renown, perspective? So what if he 'is brimming over with his ideas'? That's the whole point! To show his perspective, that's why He made his own documentary...
I would buy 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' by Richard Dawkins, but never 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' by John Goddidit.
Posted on 13 Nov 2009 07:53:28 GMT
Peter Piper says:
Alternative medicine is a clever umbrella term for treatments that have failed to show that they work.
As soon as they can be shown to work, and ideally show WHY they work, then they are no longer "alternative" medicine.
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