Anna Maria Tremonti interviews the famous atheist today on The Current. A significant portion of the interview deals with Dawkins’ view that religion gets a ‘free ride’ in the sense that atheists are unwilling to be openly critical of religion. That sets the stage for a broad discussion of the theme: how should scientists respond to religion?
The segment also includes a panel discussion with Lawrence Krauss (astrophysicist) and Michael Ruse (historian and philosopher of science). They advance a form of ‘humble’ atheism, and make the interesting point that Dawkins in conversation is not as strident nor as full of vitriol as he is in the God Delusion.
All told, a more satisfying treatment than Michael Enright’s interview, although it would have been nice to have heard Dawkins respond to Ruse and Krauss. For that, refer to a Scientific American item referenced by the program. Kudos to Krauss for self-archiving it:
- Should Science Speak to Faith? A dialog between Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkin. Scientific American (June 07)
Unlike some other radio programs offered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Current is made available online after it airs. Due to the wonders of time zones, this program is already archived now – although at the time of this post it has yet to be broadcast in British Columbia.