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    Default New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

    Hi all. I found this article over at slashdot.org

    Enjoy!

    http://science.slashdot.org/story/13...omoting-reason

    "Dennis Overbye reports in the NY Times that two years ago Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss set off on a barnstorming tour to save the world from religion and promote science. Their adventure is now the subject of The Unbelievers, a new documentary. 'If you think a road trip with a pair of intellectuals wielding laptops is likely to lack drama, you haven't been keeping up with the culture wars,' writes Overbye. The scientists are mobbed at glamorous sites like the Sydney Opera House. Inside, they sometimes encounter clueless moderators; outside, demonstrators condemning them to hellfire. At one event, a group of male Muslim protesters are confronted by counterprotesters chanting, 'Where are your women?' 'Travelogue shots, perky editing and some popular rock music, as well as interview bits with such supportive celebrities as Woody Allen, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman and Ricky Gervais, shrewdly enliven the brainy but accessible discourse,' writes Gary Goldstein in the LA Times, 'but mostly the movie is an enjoyably high-minded love fest between two deeply committed intellectuals and the scads of atheists, secularists, free-thinkers, skeptics and activists who make up their rock star-like fan base.' The movie ends at the Reason Rally in Washington, billed as the largest convention of atheists in history. Dawkins looks out at the crowd standing in a light rain and pronounces it 'the most incredible sight I can remember ever seeing' and declares that too many people have been cowed out of coming out as atheists, secularists or agnostics. 'We are far more numerous than anybody realizes.'"

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    Wars begin in the minds of men.
    The UNESCO motto, in Enlightenment Now, the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, Steven Pinker, 2018.

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    Default Re: New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

    It's a great doco
    I saw it at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
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    I wanna see it. Wanna, wanna. But not online, at a cinema with a crowd.
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    Quote DanDare said View Post
    I wanna see it. Wanna, wanna. But not online, at a cinema with a crowd.
    Me too, sadly I can't see it playing up here in fundy latitudes at a public cinema any time this millennia .

    Can't get it online yet either but even if I did I will still probably buy a copy for the extras.
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    Default Re: New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

    Quite a lot of the footage was shot in Australia, including at the 2012 GAC.
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    Default Re: New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

    Quote two dogs said View Post
    Quite a lot of the footage was shot in Australia, including at the 2012 GAC.
    And in about 2 years time it'll probably be screened here too.

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