Is Richard Dawkins Charming Enough? May 3, 2013

Is Richard Dawkins Charming Enough?

I know we’ve seen more than enough interviews with Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins about their movie The Unbelievers, but this segment on Ontario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin is worth a listen if for no other reason than Paikin (a gracious host who isn’t trying to pick a fight) questions Dawkins’ “charm” in the film (around the 4:50 mark):

Paikin: At the risk of incurring your wrath here, [to Krauss] you are the funny and charming one. [To Dawkins] And you are not!

Dawkins: [Grins] I’m serious and charming.

Paikin: Uhh… don’t overdo the charming! You’re serious and sometimes very angry and upset with people.

Dawkins: No, I’m not. You’ve been… you’ve believed all the nonsense that’s been written about me.

Paikin: I watched the documentary, that’s all.

Dawkins: What, last night [at the premiere]? I mean, the documentary The Unbelievers?

Paikin: Yeah! The Unbelievers! I’ve seen it!

I’m pretty sure that’s the most damning thing you could say about Dawkins. Call him angry and militant and it won’t bother him one bit. Tell the guy with the British accent and mannerisms that he’s not charming? Ooh, that had to hurt.

In all seriousness, this is one of the better television interviews I’ve seen. The host asks a variety of questions and gives Krauss and Dawkins plenty of time to respond. There’s no fighting, only clarifying.

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