Richard Dawkins and Dan Dennett in Conversation

Professors Richard Dawkins and Dan Dennett in conversation. 

Oxford, 9 May, 2012

An open discussion between Richard Dawkins and Dan Dennett with time for audience questions.  Organized by Oxford Atheists, Secularists and Humanists.

Dawkins & Dennett on how the afterlife is a useful trick:

Dennett: "Oh, that one's too obvious I think. It takes a steely person, somebody stronger than me to resist the temptation to say to a child, whose parent or whose dog has died, not to fall back on the comforting myth of there being some place where this loved one has gone and can watch you... There's no surprise why that would have been invented over and over and over again.  It's a good trick."

Dawkins: "It's a good trick if you can persuade yourself that what you wish to be true is true. 
Dennett: "And that's a good meta-trick that you find through religions..."

 

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