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TED Talk: Richard Dawkins "Queerer Than We Can Suppose"

Updated on March 24, 2013
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Introduction

The author of nonfiction works criticizing religion, such as "The God Delusion," and reaffirming the majesty of evolution, such as "The Greatest Show on Earth," Richard Dawkins is a British scientist of international acclaim. In 2007, he gave a TED Talk on the topic of our universe and how we perceive it. In it, he makes remarks on topics of quantum mechanics, biology and evolution, physics, human life and capacity, and even a bit of philosophy. There are, of course, unknowns in science. Are there, though, things that we are doomed to remain ignorant, by nature? Watch below:

In the Middle

Our (relatively) Middle World

I love these TED Talks, as they mostly contain educational material, though sometimes not. I wonder what affect it would have on our society if every American watched this video for a bit of perspective. Do preachers feeding their congregations religious dogma about man's special place in the universe have anything to potentially gain from the notions presented? I'd think so.


The view of man as an organism, limited in its capabilities and understanding, certainly has a worldview changing affect. Familiar concepts, like not one atom from one's childhood is kept into adulthood, or that each organism fits into its environment because its brain is hard-wired to ensure it, wouldn't necessarily impress Dawkins followers, but things I'd never heard from him certainly peaked my interest. For instance, the fact that all matter is condensed into vibrations and that it's technically possible for a stationary statue to wave at a passerby is incredible. I suppose, if there are infinite universes, things of such minute probability happen all the time!

Looking to the future, I wonder how technological developments will allow us to expand the parameters of our Middle World to encompass larger fields of knowledge, granting us a less muddled view of reality.

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