Science’s pit bull, the unflinching Richard Dawkins, has a brand-new two-part BBC TV series, The Enemies of Reason. Part I, which premiered on August 13, has been uploaded to YouTube in five parts.
Irrationality is woven into the fabric of modern life. We unthinkingly indulge unscientific delusion. Astrology is so pervasive that just about everyone has been indoctrinated with the alleged character of their star sign.
[Astrology] was developed in the second century by the philosopher Claudius Ptolemy and has not moved on since…despite a shift in the Earth’s rotational axis that has thrown Ptolemy’s zodiac out by 20 degrees.
“I think if I were talking to someone in the spirit world I’d say things like, What’s it like being dead? Can you see the whole of the universe? Why do you ask them such banal questions?”
(Fellow Americans, can you imagine a program like this being shown on American television — and paid for with taxpayers’ money?)
In related news, Richard Dawkins is the bomb: