Atheist Julian Baggini meets Richard Dawkins to explore how Darwin's ideas of natural selection offer an alternative explanation to the origin of life, without the need for a designer God. Countering William Paley's idea that there must be a divine watchmaker, Dawkins describes how he sees evolution as the 'blind watchmaker'. Dawkins responds to the idea that a Darwinian worldview is rather bleak by explaining the value in making one's own purpose in life.
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- 29 June 2007
Students can summarise the arguments of Paley and Darwin, as described by Dawkins. Discuss which view is most persuasive and explain why. Explain what Dawkins means by Darwin helping people to be 'intellectually fulfilled atheists.' Explore what purpose students think life has. To what extent do they have 'nobility'?