Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Contains repeated ... See full summary »
In this three-part series Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary scientist and bestselling author, takes us on a journey of discovery. How does evolution work? How do we know it's true - and why... See full summary »
The Naked Cowboy,
Ideas about the soul and the afterlife, of sin and God's purpose have shaped human thinking for thousands of years. Religious rituals remain embedded in the major events of our lives. In ... See full summary »
I agree 100% with the positions that Richard Dawkins defends in this film. It is focused on the UK where there has been a broad acceptance of homeopathy even up to Prince Charles. In the USA we need a Dawkins to take up the task of identifying our irrational, fraudulent products and movements. This film should make the viewer wonder: why are these nonsensical snake oil ideas finding an audience today?
I think Westerners are increasingly open to appeals that are fake and easily disprovable because of shifts in our culture. The rise of academic fields that oppose Enlightenment principles: feminist study, black study, anti-colonial study, and postmodern criticism provide intellectual cover for arguments from personal experience. Our free market tolerates commercial appeals regardless of their rationality or lack thereof. Our popular mistrust of all institutions has disarmed the natural predators of irrational bunk: the academy, government, journalists. Thus the New Age people can promote their ideas without getting the public intellectual thrashing they deserve.
Also, we have misapplied helpful ideas about the right of minorities to exist and the importance of understanding all sides of an issue. There is a reluctance to simply state that when a proposition about the world has been investigated vigorously and no strong support had been found, we are obliged to adopt the simplest conclusion that there is very likely nothing there and we should put our effort elsewhere. Instead we demand absolute proof of nonexistence of an effect, not realizing that this is impossible. And so we carry on insisting that ideas like cell phone cancer, vaccine autism and even creationism are still viable.
Be sure to check YouTube for uncut versions of all the interviews in this film. They are fascinating and they will expand the viewer's sense of who the interview subjects are, how sincere and open they are, and whether they understand their own ideas well.
Deepak Chopra comes across in his full interview as well informed and equally open to Western and Eastern medical traditions. In the film, his edited interview is more one-sided: confrontational and less thoughtful.
The Nicholas Humphrey interview gets into Darwinian medicine, a fascinating topic that gives us a very different perspective on paranormal ideas. He talks about placebos in detail and about how belief in a nonexistent soul may well be part of our healthy evolved psychology.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this