Richard and Judy: The Enemies of Reason (Pun intended), talk to Richard Dawkins
I managed to see the end part of this documentary. I really liked this programme. I am always unsure about the whole theism/atheism dispute, and I am disheartened a lot by the loaded-nature of both sides, as well as the ad hominems and worst of all, the terrible tacit assumptions before conclusions are made.
Dawkins apparently puts forward an enlightenment vision of reason’s natural light discerning truths about the world. There is lot to be said of this project; reason is not just used to do science and mathematics, but is a tool to discern moral, aesthetic, and ethical truths (by the latter, I mean ‘how to live’). The use of reason in all aspects of life means that we use our mental capacities to judge the direction of society AND government, rather than rely on traditional forms of authority.
Reason is so much more than science; it is pertaining to morality, art, politics and (that which has all three of the latter); society.
On the other hand, a sympathetic eye and mind should be given to all systems of thought. One of my lecturers told me, that the greatest critics of Descartes’ (such as Spinoza) are coming themselves from the Cartesian view. Inside critiques are always more fruitful than outside ones. I find that an interesting argument technique (especially to build a juicy fat reductio!)
Sinistre & Destre