28 February 2010

Richard Dawkins interviews Derren Brown

These two people have qualities that I admire that are very different. Richard Dawkins has the ability to question and Derren Brown the ability to expose, yet in their work each tempers the skill in which the other excels. This is what makes this such a compelling interview. Dawkins could persist at exposing the methods and faulty reasoning of the religious extremist and Brown could question the beliefs and ideology of the tricksters and psychic fakers but each respectfully restricts within them the capacity at which the other excels. To combine the approaches and intellects of Dawkins and Brown would perhaps present the ultimate sceptic but would seem arrogant and less entertaining. The power of each of their perspectives is that the observer is free to pass judgment on the validity of their targets’ position. Rightly so, neither exposes the full severity of their skill directly. They bring down the prey whilst we devour the victim. However much of a free lunch this might seem I’m left with the feeling that I wanted to at least give some chase in the argument, to contribute in some way to the intellectual battering of the pseudo-science and this inspires me to listen to their arguments all the more.

Six sections from the interview.

Episode 3 of 6 has for some reason been taken down. I'l try to get this from elsewhere.


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