Ask Dawkins anything

UPDATE: I’m just told by the reddit people that “we are live” and the link to “Ask Richard Anything” is here. Even if you don’t have anything to ask, go on over and watch the fun!

A tw**t from Dawkins notes that he’ll be on reddit answering readers’ questions today, but you have to be prompt.

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  1. NewEnglandBob
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I do not have a twitter account. Being exposed to tweets here is analogous to exposure to second hand smoke. 🙂

    • Dominic
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      I follow Matthew (I am not worthy) but he is pretty busy this year so not Tw*eting as much as before. I find it really good for keeping up with articles/events & use it for our library to alert people to new articles etc. I also follow Hili! Though I am not sure Hili has decided where to go yet…

      In addition to article links you get gems like this photo
      or this

    • Posted November 26, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Are you implying that Richard Dawkins is somehow hazardous to your health? 😉

  2. Stephen
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Maybe everyone could ask him to stop tweeting? (I’m only half-joking)

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      Or maybe people could mind their own business and “unfollow” someone if they don’t like their Tweets.
      When did atheists become so censorious that some feel that trying to shut someone up for saying things they disagree with is a worthy pursuit?

      • Stephen
        Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

        Since always apparently. I think stopping Dawkins tweeting is a worthy pursuit. You disagree. Fine.

        • Grania Spingies
          Posted November 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

          Not so fine. A few years ago the atheist blogosphere was full of people pronouncing that the only people who felt that people whose opinions they disagreed with should be silenced were fundamentalists.

          It genuinely is a pitiful day when suddenly the same thing can be applied so so-called free thinkers.

          • Stephen
            Posted November 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

            Here is Jerry Coyne on the subject and it expresses pretty much the reasons why I wish Dawkins would quit twitter.

            “Yet If I could have a second wish, I’d ask that Richard Dawkins refrain from using Twitter. Not only does he try to make complicated points in the too-small space of 140 characters, but many people are gunning for him anyway, hoping to make hay out of his missteps. That’s a recipe for internet meltdown.”

            From here:

            It was never my intention to advocate silencing Dawkins, rather it was to suggest he stick to a longer form of writing where he excels perhaps more than anyone alive. Perhaps it’s none of my business telling him what to do, but freedom of speech includes expressing dumb opinions too.

            • pacopicopiedra
              Posted November 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

              Freedom of speech is about not being arrested and sentenced to prison for something you say; it really has no relevance to the current discussion. It is interesting, however, that you use freedom of speech to defend your right to tell Dawkins to “speak” less.

              • Don
                Posted November 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

                In fact, I think Stephen is encouraging Dawkins to speak more, not less.

              • pacopicopiedra
                Posted November 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

                Ah, yes. “Stop tweeting” obviously means “speak more.” How could I possibly have misunderstood?

    • Wesleyann
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      You beat me to it!

  3. Wesleyann
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Dawkins mentions “Why Evolution is True” as a book to read for creationists.

  4. ladyatheist
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Missed it!

  5. Lurker111
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Re: Ask Richard Anything

    Okay, Mr. Dawkins. A train leaves Philadelphia heading west at 45 mph …

  6. Charles Minus
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I didn’t actually count, but I think he answered maybe 4 questions, tops, before he bailed. I don’t know why he bothered.

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