Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Myself talking with Peter Atkins, Richard Swinburne, Ard Louis (and Richard Dawkins)

Here is a fairly long video of a discussion between myself, Richard Swinburne (philosopher), Peter Atkins (chemist), Ard Louis (physicist), and also Richard Dawkins (who was in the audience) at one point. The theme was Life, The Universe and Everything - The Quest for Truth.

My main contribution is at 39 mins 30sec.

(nb. Dawkins is at 1hr 18 min 20 sec [he has a pop at Swinburne and me] and my response to Dawkins at 1hr 24 min 30 sec).

I posted on this before, shortly after the recording. Go here.

This included quite a good discussion on the nature and value of philosophy, I thought.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very dodgy misrepresentation by Atkins on Swinburne!

André said...

Atkins is so philosophically naive. It`s shame. That`s why he lost his first debate with Craig and gone bad in the second.

Thomas Larsen said...

"Dawkins is at 1hr 18 min 20 sec [he has a pop at Swinburne and me]"

Ha!

Paul P. Mealing said...

It was good to see a panel with such disparate views. I found myself agreeing and disagreeing with all of them at some point. The sound's not the best. I found the discussion you had with Ard Louis particularly difficult to follow towards the end. But overall, I thought it was very thought-provoking.

Regards, Paul.

Thessik Irontail said...

Excellent debate, I think its rather clear that Atkin's position is naive at best.

We need more online videos of Stephen Law engaging in various topics, I always learn so much from them and yet there are so few.

Ross Templeman said...

Regarding important examples of philosophical thinking; would the topic of how to interpret the notion of probability not perhaps be a more convincing example to use against people like Atkins and Dawkins?

Regards