The Purpose of Purpose - Richard Dawkins





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Published on Jun 19, 2009

During Richard Dawkins' American tour in March 2009, he gave a talk titled "The Purpose of Purpose". I travelled with Richard to these cities and filmed the talks, which I've edited together here. The content of the talk remains intact, while the editing moves between the different locations and Richard's Keynote presentation.

Produced by The Richard Dawkins Foundation and R. Elisabeth Cornwell

Filmed and edited by Josh Timonen

See more about Richard Dawkins' upcoming book "The Greatest Show on Earth" here:

This talk was given in Michigan, Minneapolis, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Filmed at:
University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Oklahoma - Norman, Oklahoma
Holland Performing Arts Center - Omaha, Nebraska

Introductions by:
PZ Myers - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Barry Weaver - Norman, Oklahoma
Richard Holland - Omaha, Nebraska

Filmed and Edited by Josh Timonen
Shot on Red One #4809

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Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
Oldie but goodie!
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Antonio Da Cruz
A man I can listen to for hours and hours. He oozes common sense.
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Paul Money
Without the Internet, it wouldn't be possible, unless attending a major university, for us to hear an exposition of ideas of this clarity and originality. Professor Dawkins has recently been very ill and it isn't clear at present if he will ever again be able to give a talk like this. Think yourself lucky to be alive at a time when you can hear this level of intellectual discourse.
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Joao Morais
@ Xavier Arriaga, Any arguments that you put forward? Besides the petty insults? This man has own awards from top notch universities, Berkeley Oxford, Sanford..and so on. He is regarded has one of the preeminent scientists in his field. In 1977 when he wrote the selfish gene, the virus and gene transmission description he gave were all validated in the next 10 to 20 years. Not even one scientist , his peers, have repudiate his works. He is only attacked by religious people that feel offended ...like you apparently...so yes he is widely attacked for his positions about religion. The academic reputation of this man is intact. You get offended because he offended you imaginary friend. Anyone with the ability of reasoning can get to the same conclusions. Evolution theory is has true has the heliocentric theory....or do you disagree also that the earth revolves around the sun. Calling names is what you do best....arguments, not your strong feature huh?
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Hyder Noori
"Discovery Institute...ill-named" classic Dawkins :)
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Christianity doesn't account for 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the universe.
Martin Koch
Bullshit. You started with a hatred of Dawkins, so didn't even watch the video. You have presented ZERO evidence that purpose comes from a magical invisible being in the sky.
Kathleen Cabot
He is amazing. A credit to the species!
46:57 Dawkins takes a moment to check out dat ass
Randall Kelnhofer
Thanks Mr. Dawkins 
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