Professor Richard Dawkins: "What if You’re Wrong?"

By Tim Peacock

Professor Richard Dawkins – "What if You’re Wrong?"
While making an appearance at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA in 2006, Richard Dawkins was posed a question (that apparently would be the "most simplest" question of the evening): "What if you're wrong?" The question - posed by a student from Liberty University - was meant to trip-up Dawkins in flipping the traditionally atheist/agnostic penchant of questioning beliefs (insomuch that she questioned his secular beliefs and what would happen if he was wrong about them). His answer (in true Richard Dawkins style) seems so obvious you have to wonder why major religions still control so many people's lives (and morals). He said:
"Well, what if I’m wrong, I mean… anybody could be wrong. We could all be wrong about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pink Unicorn and the flying teapot. Uhm, you happen to have been brought up, I would presume, in the Christian faith. You know what it’s like to not believe in a particular faith because you’re not a Muslim. You’re not a Hindu. Why aren’t you a Hindu? Because you happen to have been brought up in America, not in India. If you had of been brought up in India, you’d be a Hindu. If you had been brought up in… in uh.. Denmark in the time of the Vikings you’d be believing in Wotan and Thor. If you were brought up in classical Greece you’d be believing in, in Zeus. If you were brought up in central Africa you’d be believing in the great Juju up the mountain. There’s no particular reason to pick on the Judeo-Christian god, in which by the sheerest accident you happen to have been brought up and, and ask me the question, 'What if I’m wrong?' What if you’re wrong about the great Juju at the bottom of the sea?"
The audio of the exchange was animated and released under non-profit/educational licence SkeptiSketch last week. Here's the video:


About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he's dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging - he's been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he's combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he's completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

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