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Daniel Dennett vs Philip Clayton - philosophy, science, and religion

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Published on Mar 7, 2012

A conversation on topics of philosophy, science, and religion between Daniel Dennett and Philip Clayton. Sorry for the bad video quality; the audio is good.

Comments • 64

Shane Stroup
"You are confusing me with Christopher Hitchens".  HILARIOUS!!! best comment to come out of Dennett's mouth IMO.
Drew Rehfeld
Typical Dennett being an arrogant jerk. And typical Clayton being courteous and respectful.
Logic Reason Evidence
It's a straw man argument to accuse Dennet of labeling theists as "Dims". He purposefully avoided calling religious folk anything derogatory and came up with the term "Supers" instead because it's positive and reflects a belief in the supernatural.
Tony Sobrado
Interesting talk. i would recommend other Philip Clayton talks - and this is as an atheist!!!!!
petewoodroffemusic
Dreadful production again!!!! If I was recording and filming I would do a sound and vision check etc etc It's not rocket science Amateur and a wasted opportunity! 
Crazy_Cat_Gentleman
+petewoodroffemusic They usually have excellent equipment too, just too stupid to know how to use it! (not really the case here however) Most obviously still wouldn't know what a compressor was even if was rammed up their arse with the microphone
sexyloser
Clayton completely dodged that last question about what would it take to change his mind about there being a God. He had no answer to that because he knows nothing can change his mind, but was too embarrassed to admit it.
sexyloser
+Paul Hill Yes, I would find loving my enemy, forgiving those that sin and avoiding temptation immensely easy if I knew eternal bliss awaited me if I did them. I already forgive people and avoid temptations even without a God telling me to do so. Loving my enemies is a hard one though, but not if eternal bliss awaits me for doing it.
sexyloser
+Paul Hill Being a Christian isn't hard work because you supposedly receive infinite reward after death. When the reward is infinite, no amount of work is too hard. 
Jesse Chappell
they fix the audio in the video around 3:45
nicelittlerunner
actually just fast forwarded to 5 mins in and it's still unlistenable, booo!
nicelittlerunner
cheers! I literally got to 3 mins 4 secs and scrolled down to have a moan about it! 
VidkunQL
19:00 Clayton seems to keep trying to assert a disagreement where none exists. Two descriptions of a system can differ without being in disagreement; if he isn't failing to see that, then I can't understand what he's talking about.
larjjlion
Daniel Dennett is proof that science and the arts can both help the cause of secularism. Philosophy is a science but is also one of the many art forms. I am an artist. An amateur comedian. Often when I tell religious jokes people especially those on the fence laugh. But laughter pales in comparison to the thinking process that develops in my mind and the minds of the listeners. Secularists philosophy is needed more now than ever before. Now more than ever in history it has the opportunity to reach accepting ears. Sorry Professor Krauss! Your a great secularist physicist but the arts can help our cause more than ever before.
Ron M
Why do people say God did this, God did that, God arranged this. What??????  Did you talk to God? NO, you didn't. And any religion that says other religions are wrong or are not the way to GOD is Hippocratic to their own Religion. Concintrate on your own religion and perfect it until you put down other peoples beliefs. Faith, Blessed. Look it up!
PREPARE YOURSELF!
easy tiger
Oners82
Shame about the terrible video quality :(

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