Category Archives: interview

My interview with the Polish Rationalists

When I was chilling in Poland a while back, I was interviewed by two members of the Polish Rationalist Society (PSR). Kaja Bryx, who helped organized my “lecture tour” a year ago, did the interviewing, while the filming was done by her partner Jacek Tabisz, the president of the PSR. It’s an 18.5-minute interview, and in […]

Gary Gutting interviews Michael Ruse and asks him why he coddles religion

Gary Gutting is a philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame, and has been interviewing various academics about religion at his website The Stone at The New York Times. Interviewees have included Alvin “I Haz True Beliefs” Plantinga and my friend the philosopher Philip Kitcher. This week Gutting’s subject is the philosopher of science Michael Ruse, now at […]

A funny interview with Stephen Hawking

Everybody who interviews Stephen Hawking treats him as a god, and there’s no doubt the man is smart, but this interview, by John Oliver, shows that Hawking has a good sense of humor. Oliver treats Hawking as Stephen Colbert would, with irreverence and a bit of faux solipsism. This is from Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” show, and […]

Maryam Namazie interviews A.C. Grayling

Here’s a half-hour discussion of secularism, its highlight a conversation between Maryam Namazie and Anthony Grayling. The interview is bookended by her conversation with Fariborz Pooya, and Bahram Soroush, who I assume are her colleagues on one or another of the anti-Islamic committees in which she’s active. The interview with Grayling begins at 3:15 and lasts until 22:16. […]

A revealing conversation between Sam Harris and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In April, Brandeis University, under pressure from misguided people decrying Ayaan Hirsi Ali as an “Islamophobe,” as well as from the Council on American Islamic relation (CAIR; an organization that, under the guise of improving those relations, issues veiled threats about offending Muslims), rescinded an invitation for Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree. Hirsi Ali […]

My interview on Age of Discovery

Adrian Smith, a postdoctoral fellow in entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, came to my lab last week to interview me for his website, Age of Discovery Podcast.  His aim is to collect a series of interviews with ecologists and evolutionary biologists, and he’s already collected Eric Pianka, Joan Strassmann, Bert Hölldobler, May […]

My TAM interview, part 3

Here’s the last bit of the three-part interview I did at the July TAM with Joel Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. By the way, since I’ve read Addy Pross’s short book What is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology, I’ve realized that abiogenesis (the origin of life from […]

My TAM interview, part 2, and a book on secularization

Here’s the second of three installments of my interview at TAM with Joel Guttormson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. In this short clip I raise my favorite thesis, which a while I thought was largely mine, but have discovered that it’s been a going hypothesis in sociology for a long time. I […]

My interview at TAM

When I spoke at TAM last July, I was interviewed (along with many other speakers) by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Reader Lesley called my attention to the fact that they have just posted the video (part 1). For better or worse, here it is, but remember that at the time I […]

Top 10 questions for Dawkins on reddit

The Dawkins Foundation has posted what I suppose is its own list of the “Top 10 questions from Richard’s live chat on reddit.” You’ll learn what his favorite soup is (I like that one, too, but give me New England clam chowder any day), whether he thinks any animals are religious, what his greatest achievement […]


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