Friday, March 09, 2007

The God Delusion (Part 2)

Here is the continuation of the discussion with Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. As you might notice, many of the questioners stated that they were from Liberty University not the host campus... Liberty is the so-called univeristy run by the right-wing christian minister Jerry Falwell and his so-called Moral Majority. As Mr. Dawkins states himself of the Q and A session, "Many of the questioners announced themselves as either students or faculty from Liberty, rather than from Randolph Macon which was my host institution. One by one they tried to trip me up, and one by one their failure to do so was applauded by the audience. Finally, I said that my advice to all Liberty students was to resign immediately and apply to a proper university instead. That received thunderous applause, so that I almost began to feel slightly sorry for the Liberty people. Only almost and only slightly, however."


The God Delusion (Part 1)

Richard Dawkins has been writing about science, biology, and evolution for years. I recently picked up his book The God Delusion and can't seem to put it down. If you google Richard Dawkins you will be directed to his website and there is lots of information (I personally find it a great site). On that site is a lecture that Dawkins gave at a southern university near the end of last year. I find his views to express most of how I view the world as a scientist and his books are excellent now matter which you chose to read. So, here is part 1 of his lecture from last year:


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Introducing Hilary Hahn

I have followed the career of a young violinist named Hilary Hahn since her first recording of Bach Partitas when she was just barely 16 years old. She has the most fantastic technique. But recently she has been playing in some night clubs with indie rockers she knows and says that it has improved her ability to appreciate the music beyond the usual musical theory that all musicians study. You can get a bunch ( if not all ) her musical recordings on iTunes if you want ot check it out. She also helped with the soundtrack to "The Village" and is the violin heard on the album:

And go see the work whe did just recently with the indie rock community at YouTube: