Richard Dawkins Interview Transcript
- Justin Brierley (JB): If we had evolved into a society where rape was considered fine, would that mean that rape is fine?
- Richard Dawkins (RD): I, I wouldn’t, I don’t want to answer that question. It, it, it’s enough for me to say that we live in a society where it’s not considered fine. We live in a society where uhm, selfishness, where failure to pay your debts, failure to reciprocate favors is, is, is regarded askance. That is the society in which we live. I’m very glad, that’s a value judgment, I’m very glad that I live in such a society.
- JB: When you make a value judgment don’t you immediately step yourself outside of this evolutionary process and say that the reason this is good is that it’s good. And you don’t have any way to stand on that statement.
- RD: My value judgment itself could come from my evolutionary past.
- JB: So therefore it’s just as random in a sense as any product of evolution.
- RD: You could say that, it doesn’t in any case, nothing about it makes it more probable that there is anything supernatural.
- JB: Ultimately, your belief that rape is wrong is as arbitrary as the fact that we’ve evolved five fingers rather than six.
- RD: You could say that, yeah.
- (transcript provided by article found at creation.com/atheism)
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