Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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This Week: ...and I shall Salt the Earth as I Leave.

Note: NOT FOR BROADCAST.  Contains swear words in final 1/3 of show.   Radio safe versions will be sent. Sam, Josh, Becky, and a special guest explore the artifice and dogma of academia.  They also ponder what kind of god orders you to bogart a mansion for your wedding.


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This is both the last episode at the Waveform Orchard studio, and the last episode before Sam goes in for brain surgery.  
39.18 April 23, 2021 01:13:04

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Nord April 23, 2021 at 12:41 pm

I think the main reason to not take away the award, is that Richard Dawkins in 1996 and Richard Dawkins in 2021 are not necessarily the same person. People change, for the better but also worse.

If Dawkins in 1996 was deserving based on his work and the contenders at the time, then that’s what the award is for, and it doesn’t matter that he moved away from being someone who was worth awarding. There would be more reason to take the award away if you could show that there has been a historic problem with either Dawkins or the award or both. Like if there was someone else who could’ve received the award and there was a bigoted reason why they didn’t, then that’s something that should be admitted to.

But if Dawkins now is the problem, let’s focus on what he does now. He should’ve been up for the “people who make asses of themselves on Twitter” award for many years in a row. Although of course this would be the first of the last 5 years he could realistically top the list.

Amber S K April 25, 2021 at 12:20 pm

“Just shutup” is a message I can get behind. Listen, learn, adjust, adapt.

Leandro Lefa April 26, 2021 at 5:01 am

I share your feelings, Sam.
Maybe you’re a little triggered, but I agree with you on it all.
We, people who care about others, try not to let it all out, but it’s hard sometimes. And I think it’s OK. We can’t put other people as a priority. Not all the time.

Now Dawkins is pretty intelligent, but not intelligent enough.

Society is shaped in such a way that makes it specially tough on people like you, Sam: super intelligent, sensitive, who want a fair and just world for everyone. I’m glad you got Becky there with you. And, like her, you must have few but wonderful friends.


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