Voyage of the Meager

It ain’t just rockers. Dig this further news from the Cannes Crapfest:

Known for its splashy show intros, Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Thursday opened on a curiously heady note. Famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins took the stage to give a lecture, of sorts, on the subject of memes, which he introduced in his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene.” He spoke on how the transmission of ideas and cultural norms evolve in a way similar to natural selection, and how memes as we know them today are creative, intentional mutations.

First of all, Dawkins is even wronger about the topic of meme transmission than he is about the purported “selfishness” of deoxyrobinucleic acid — and that’s saying something. Darwin would never stop vomiting if he were to come back and realize such silliness is being chalked up to him.

And how did dear Richard become a Saatchi shill?

Wired.co.uk: How did you get involved in the New Directors Showcase?

Richard Dawkins: I was approached by Saatchi & Saatchi, who had this idea of centring the event around the theme of memes, so they asked if I would get involved and I was rather pleased with the idea.

Check out our rock star pseudoscientist rehearsing his presentation with his Saatchi handlers:

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Tell us, Dick: How many works of real science are rehearsed for sponsors? Here’s a meme for you:

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Okay, this looks bad for the lead face of public atheism – that photo of the slackster ad-scruffs and hiz memester is godawful.
I’ll try to match you one- how about the “intentional meme” of one of Dawkins’ countrymates, the nuclear-loving, industry-embracing “Gaia” auteur James Lovelock? Is our natural world an intentional, self-replicating Greek goddess? How about “no,” so let’s stop “real scientists” from trying to be ad-men cute.
“Real Science,” though, is just a bad 80s song.

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Dawkings is without question one of the most loathsome living humans today. I would cut him some slack if he was an actually good scientist OR if he at least demonstrated marginally-above-cartoonish understanding of religion. But although he is neither, he is a very useful figure for the liberal/neoliberal authoritarians, hence the lavish support.

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Finally we have some area of disagreement in these comfortable suede chairs of the TCT comments bistro – I like what Dawkins said about religion, and how he says it, and what legacy his public advocacy of atheism will leave. The liberalish – Obama/Clinton embrace of noodle-brained spirituality and con-artist religion is the far more worthy target than our weird-science Oxford don -as when the odious Clinton had Jesse Jackson in to baptize the White House grounds before or after he bombed a few thousand helpless civilians. Of course, TCT webmaster, we could go back to that Buddhist thing here… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Well, let’s review what exactly is he doing about atheism (assuming that doing something for it is an inherently worthy goal). His books on religion, and especially his public presence certainly are not designed to appeal to anyone other than people who already strongly agree with him – his messages do not accomplish anything at all other than insult in bad faith and bad taste – an approach that has won exactly zero hearts and minds through history. Second, his actual understanding of what religion is is at the level of a 10 year old at best. He freely confounds… Read more »

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Martin

I think you said your piece well, Marla – and open and beneficial disagreement is about as rare as a corporate apology on this petro-based Internet. Atheism was a freakish sub-culture before the Dawkins-featured wave of forthright public atheism – I can speak from being a milquetoast Catholic in my youth. Even in one of the biggest college towns in the country, atheism was never taught, spoken of, or accorded any public weight. In what took great personal courage given the religious promotion of assassination, Dawkins blew this bigotry away, and now has made atheism an actual acceptable world-view. This… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

I concede that it is important to some extent that atheism is no longer something unspeakable, although to some extent this is also a bit of a strawman – atheists generally face the greatest risk of being harmed or snubbed in their local communities. On the other hand, the elite consensus is so overwhelmingly on the side of atheism, that the requisite southern congressman freak (or simply superficially accountable to local constituencies) notwithstanding, religion certainly has no influence in policy areas of significance, and yet this is one of the main atheist complaints. The biggest sponsor of “balanced teaching” on… Read more »

High Arka
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It will help your worldviews greatly if you come to see “the Big Bang” as equivalent to the Book of Genesis. Decades of consistently-observed supercluster formations have demonstrated that the verse did not begin in a single, purposeless, indescribable orgasm. The Big Bang is the invisible hand of creation, akin to the invisible hand that guides markets and randomly selects only the finest species for procreation. Big Bang is the new religion. Big Bang is modern religious fundamentalism. It is designing nuclear weapons, and using them. It is manipulating people with ordained PhDs who teach market psychology, chemotherapy, radiology, aeronautical… Read more »