The God Delusion

I’m not even going to attempt to review Dawkins’ latest book here. Suffice to say that I think Richard Dawkins is one of the most brilliant people currently walking the earth, and that Charles Simonyi’s endowment of his chair at Oxford is one of the relatively small number of really good things to come out of Microsoft.

Dawkins makes a powerful argument turning the ethical wisdom of most human societies on its head, and casting religion, particularly monotheistic religion, as a perpetrator of evil rather than a force for good.

Probably the best thing I got out of The God Delusion, though, is a renewed appreciation for how powerfully the anthropic principle demolishes the argument from design. Never mind how improbable it is that complex organisms like mammals evolved into existence (although I personally think it’s not as unlikely as most creationists claim); the very fact that we are here, on the terms of the theory of evolution, means that that improbability is moot.

Unless you insist that the probability of spontaneous evolution of life is absolutely nil (as opposed to vanishingly small), the improbability of its occurrence is irrelevant with regard to the origins of life on earth; it only becomes relevant when we attempt to estimate the density of life elsewhere in the universe. (I should make clear here that this paragraph is my own argument, for which Dawkins shouldn’t be blamed.)

Personally, I recommend The God Delusion to everyone – but especially to intellectually honest religious people, one of whom I used to be.

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One Response to “The God Delusion”

  1. Naippicy Says:

    ford denver

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