Movies from Richard Dawkins

Tom & Viv

The story of the marriage of the poet TS Eliot to socialite Vivienne Haigh-Wood, which had to cope with her gynaeological and emotional problems and his growing fame.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Tom and Viv. Well-made, troubling film about TS Eliot & unhappy 1st wife, harrowingly played by Miranda Richardson. William Dafoe uncannily like Eliot. Surprised he didn’t have American accent. But then I listened to Eliot himself reading The Waste Land. Dafoe got him perfectly.
Movies from Richard Dawkins

Arrival

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Just watched interesting science fiction film called Arrival. Recommended. But, unless you are a lot brighter than me, it might be a good idea to read up on the plot first. I did so afterwards & it made sense with hindsight. Probably should have done so before.
Movies from Richard Dawkins

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Half way through film of 1984. Again, surprisingly and gratifyingly faithful to the book. John Hurt is perfectly cast as Winston Smith. Suzanna Hamilton is a lovely Julia. Richard Burton is certain to be good as O’Brien, but I’m not sure I can bear to watch to the tragic end.
Movies from Richard Dawkins

The Great Hack

Data—arguably the world’s most valuable asset—is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered through the unpredictable, personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data story.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
The Great Hack. Sensationally great film, only just out, on how Cambridge Analytica delivered the infamous 2016 votes by gathering & selling massive quantities of data so individually-tailored lies could be aimed at each floating voter (in swing states).
Movies from Richard Dawkins

The Report

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Shocked by (advance showing of) Scott Burns’ brilliant & courageous film, The Report, exposing CIA’s flagrantly illegal torture of prisoners under GW Bush. Many of the culprits are still in jobs & promoted. I recommend everyone see it
Movies from Richard Dawkins

Salam - The First ****** Nobel Laureate

Salam is a feature length documentary about the Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam. The film reveals the extraordinary life of the charismatic Abdus Salam, in all its color, vitality and tragedy. It is the story of a man who traversed two worlds with ease: one of science and religion, modernity and tradition, war and peace and obscurity and celebrity.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Abdus Salam was a hero of science. He should have been celebrated as Pakistan’s greatest son. Instead he was shamefully ill-used by that country’s ignorant religious leaders. This film is a movingly sensitive treatment of a wonderful world citizen
Movies recommended by Richard Dawkins
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10 Best Science Fiction Films

Sci-fi movies that got Richard's endorsement among others.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Sci-fi movies that got Richard's endorsement among others.
Books recommended by Richard Dawkins
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Richard Dawkins Books He Recommends - 13 Reads

Check out 13 of the greatest books on different topics suggested by a prominent scientist.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Check out 13 of the greatest books on different topics suggested by a prominent scientist.
Books from Richard Dawkins

Enlightenment Now

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre last night saw @SAPinker ’s superb presentation of his book Enlightenment Now. Such an enviably clever man! Hugely knowledgeable in great variety of fields; wonderful way with words. Read the book, promote updated Enlightenment values & cheer up!
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How to Have Impossible Conversations

"This is a self-help book on how to argue effectively, conciliate, and gently persuade. The authors admit to getting it wrong in their own past conversations. One by one, I recognize the same mistakes in me. The world would be a better place if everyone read this book." -- Richard Dawkins, author of Science in the Soul and Outgrowing GodIn our current political climate, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you're online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall -- or just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative -- dialogue shuts down when perspectives clash. Heated debates often lead to insults and shaming, blocking any possibility of productive discourse. Everyone seems to be on a hair trigger.In How to Have Impossible Conversations, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay guide you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation -- whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control. Boghossian and Lindsay teach the subtle art of instilling doubts and opening minds. They cover everything from learning the fundamentals for good conversations to achieving expert-level techniques to deal with hardliners and extremists. This book is the manual everyone needs to foster a climate of civility, connection, and empathy.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Everyone, including me, will benefit from reading this book.
Books from Richard Dawkins

Dark Universe

Nominated for the Hugo Award *** The classic tale of a post-apocalyptic world where humans have built a society in the dark underground. The descendents of the survivors only remember the pre-apocalyptic world in old stories, legends and myths. *** Light, itself, is remembered as something holy, and Radiation is feared as the ultimate evil. *** Jared is the son of the Prime Survivor, the leader of the Lower Level Clan. In a world of darkness and monsters both real and imagined, Jared embarks on a quest for Light. Little does he know just how dangerous his quest will turn out to be.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye The people of this sci-fi novel live underground in darkness. They retain "light" in their language, but only in allusions to a lost paradise. They worship Light ("For Light's sake!"), and their theology includes demonic figures that engineered the fall from Light's grace. The demons are called Strontium, Cobalt, and the arch-devil, "Hydrogen Himself." Go figure, as you Americans say.
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Richard Dawkins Book List: 5 Essentials

See what 5 books Richard considers important to read by everyone!
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
See what 5 books Richard considers important to read by everyone!
Podcasts from Richard Dawkins

Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Sam Harris and Paul Bloom taking the pandemic very seriously indeed and making many intelligent points. “We can’t be America first” in the face of a global problem. Chinese “wet markets” need to be closed down.
Articles from Richard Dawkins

CFI Thinks Outside the Pox

In the highly politicized vaccination wars raging in the United States right now, Ethan Lindenberger is a hero. In March, as a high school senior, the Ohio teen testified before Congress about how he defied his mother’s rabid anti-vaxxer views and started getting himself vaccinated. Lindenberger ...
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Anti-vax movement: “A bizarre coming together of the religious Right and the Big Pharma conspiracy-theory Left” Excellent article by its CEO, Robyn Blumner, shows the kind of thing @Center4Inquiry stands for. One of many good reasons to support CFI
Articles from Richard Dawkins

Free Speech and Identity Politics

"The paradox of identity liberalism is that it paralyzes the capacity to think and act in a way that would actually accomplish the things it professes to want."
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
I only just spotted this article today when going back through Robyn Blumner’s excellent Editorials in CFI’s Free Inquiry magazine. What a superb writer she is. Her passionate commitment to freedom of speech persists from her days at ACLU.
Articles from Richard Dawkins

Image of the Day: White Stripes

Black-and-white painted skin can help protect from insect bites.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
The Darwinian survival value of zebra stripes has long been a puzzle. Hungarian research (referenced in the linked article) supports the theory that stripes are unattractive to dangerous biting insects. Now new research applies the theory to humans.
Articles from Richard Dawkins

Self-Censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science

Amid heightened tensions on college campuses, well-established scientific ideas are suddenly meeting with stiff political resistance.
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
This is a sensible article. It’s depressing that she even needed to write it. Politically motivated opposition to scientific truth about individual differences is pernicious. And actually harmful to the very people it is supposed to protect.
Articles from Richard Dawkins

Where now for Mark Zuckerberg after his – and our – loss of innocence? | Martin Moore

A year on from the Observer exposé, what has really changed for Facebook and its users?
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Writer, Scientist
Facebook: A “digital gangster” whose business model was based on gathering personal data for profit. Personal data was, for Facebook, equivalent to a currency. Excellent article on the subversive influence of Facebook by Martin Moore in today’s Observer.