Thursday, March 29, 2007

And the winners are ...

... Gervais triumphs over Pratchett in British Book Awards. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Richard Dawkins also won, as did Peter Kay. I think it typical of Dawkins to draw a grand conclusion from his win while ignoring whetver Kay's win might suggest. To know what mean, see this.

7 comments:

  1. Andrew3:42 PM

    What a miserable sod Dawkins obviously is. The kind of dried-up slave to intellect that imagines experince of or faith in God is a matter of proof. He might as well be talking about belief in the existence of a cardboard box. And his joyless little comments about Kay's faith presumably sum him and his miserable little worldview up.

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  2. Andrew3:45 PM

    Why the hell does Dawkins keep getting mentioned anyway? He surely isn't that fascinating.

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  3. True story: I interviewed Richard Dawkins and started off with a goofy question to break the ice, because, as much as I wanted to talk seriously about the topic, I also wanted to bring out the Richard Dawkins who admired Douglas Adams and allegedly had a sense of humor.

    He had written in THE GOD DELUSION about being accused of being a "cheese-eater" by detractors. So I asked him if he could clarify for the record whether he did or did not, in fact, eat cheese. He was puzzled by this, but answered, and then threw a big stink over how loud the music was in the place we were talking. So we moved and he asked me not to ask the cheese-eating question ("Serious questions only please.") when I put on the recorder a second time.

    If Dawkins ever had a sense of humor, I don't know what happened to it. It's a damn shame he's so intolerant (and I say this as an atheist who's more in the non-overlapping magesteria camp), because he's written some brilliant books.

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  4. Sense of humour is a odd thing, Ed. It works in mysterious ways. As recently as yesterday, I had a very poor sense of humour. Cheese? No, not even cheese could get me going. But today, well, I don't know what has come over me, but I'm chuckling away just typing this, and I don't know why. It's a bloody miracle.

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  5. That Guardian article is pretty much total crap: Dawkins was set up by a publicity group for the awards - they rang him up and quoted that line. He gets asked for quotes all the time and gave his standard response to that kind of reasoning, and next day out pops a press release about his attacking the gentle Kay what never hurt no one. He's apologised to Kay, and the publicity lot have apologised to Dawkins, as have the Graun.

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  6. Andrew11:51 AM

    I spose tis true that much of the modia tend to be interested in little other than the soundbite

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  7. Andrew11:51 AM

    Emmm....media

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