Bill O’Reilly Dazzles with Dawkins

October 10, 2009

Richard Dawkins recently appeared on the O'Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution . Despite calling Dawkins' views "fascistic" and being chided for yelling, Bill O'Reilly did rather well, considering his track-record. I especially liked that O'Reilly admitted he wasn't 100% certain that Jesus is God.

Noteworthy is the facial expression Dawkins has at minute 1:48 in the video clip, in reaction to O'Reilly saying:

"Here's the problem I have with throwing my lot in with science. Science doesn't advance the human condition in any moralitistic way. Jesus did."

This easily ranks in my favorite of Dawkins interviews. I have never seen Bill O'Reilly even somewhat apologize for yelling before.


#1 JoergR on Saturday October 10, 2009 at 8:30am

Dawkins’ facial expressions are priceless. He looks like he wants to burst into laughter any moment.
But a more important question: What’s that on Dawkins’ tie?

#2 gray1 on Saturday October 10, 2009 at 9:03am

Personally, I find O’Reilly nauseating for some reason.  I’ve never seen any reason for his apparently popularity.  Dawkins is a good scientist in the classical sense who simply gains notoriety (and book sales) by waving the “anti-god” flag. In this at least Dawkins serves a public service in combating the ideological literalists who are simply wrong and additionally attempt to pollute science education. 

Another active front against this wrongheadedness, however, needs to be opened on the theological front whereby the literalists must also face more criticism from their more knowledgable and no less fathful fellow “believers” such as presented on this site: (Caveat lector)

We must assume that the religious based arguements against evolution, etc. are sourced as much out of ignorance as dogmatic petrification.  Besides, further education might help to open minds, or at least keep them busy.

#3 Edwardson on Saturday October 10, 2009 at 10:20am

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to this O’Reilly character but he certainly is remarkably dense in this video. Somebody please give him a crash course in Science and Logic 101. Well, Dawkins certainly tried.

#4 LZ (Guest) on Sunday October 11, 2009 at 6:36am

I believe it’s a crocoduck on Prof. Dawkins’ tie.

#5 gray1 on Sunday October 11, 2009 at 7:23am

Dawkins is wearing one of two existing crocoduck ties according to the links.  It’s a silent promo for his new book.  I suspect that crocoducks will become very popular items in the near future.

According to Richard Dawkins, “Yes, it is a great tie. The Crocoduck Tie, designed by Josh Timonen. There are only two in existence. PZ (Myers) has one. I’m proud to say I have the other.”

#6 Ben Shumway (Guest) on Sunday October 11, 2009 at 4:37pm

Damn, I hate to say it but Richard Dawkins got owned. :(

#7 J. (Guest) on Sunday October 11, 2009 at 5:21pm

Talk isn’t likely to change what believer’s believe. That’s what believing is. Dawkins won by just not embarrassing himself. The benefit of these appearances amounts to telling isolated and unaffiliated allies that we exist, supporting morale and reminding us about who the opposition is, their mentality and methods. Armageddon will be won not by debate but by lobbying and by supporting political candidates who will strengthen the separation of church and state.

#8 Keith Harrison (Guest) on Monday October 12, 2009 at 12:41pm

If O’Reilly appears to have the upper hand it is because he deliberately designs his interviews that way. He invites Dawkins for an interview but barely lets him get a word in edge-wise, spending most of the alloted time spouting his ignorant opinionated rubbish. It can barely be called an interview at all.

#9 demetri b. (Guest) on Tuesday October 13, 2009 at 10:52am

It is quite apparent that those who have faith in that which stems from the imaginations of human beings do not need to be logical or rational. I am not throwing in my lot with science all together, yet out of all of whom I would feel govern reasonable levels of reasoning and the desire to share fact and not fiction…it definitely is those who share in the discoveries that science purports.

#10 Kyle (Guest) on Thursday October 15, 2009 at 3:24am

I know that arm chair quarterbacking is what I’m doing, but I would have liked to see Dawkins bring up one of his best arguments which is, if we teach the one fairy tale in science how do we stop all the fairy tales from entering? I don’t think O’reilly is smart enough to debate science with Dawkins, but surely he can see the logic of the not being able to discriminate against all other religions if you allow one in.

#11 Robert Run (Guest) on Monday October 19, 2009 at 3:11pm

It was weird to see O’Reilly not completey out of his mind. And Dawkins did a lousy job of explaining why religion does not belong in school

#12 gray1 on Monday October 19, 2009 at 5:21pm

The objective here is sell more books.  Dawkins was quite charming and avoided looking like the boogyman of “The God Delusion”.  I hope more teachers and students will read this one.

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