The Unbelievers is the newest film the first full length documentary from Black Chalk productions and JJC Films. It covers Richard Dawkins and the astrophysicicst Lawrence Krauss as they tour different speaking engagements to change peoples minds about science.
He gives me permission to question everything
The dawkins approach fights religion on its own terms. Christians keep claiming that science is dogma and can’t explain origins or morals, but with vast improvements in science religion is now taking the defensive. Dawkins can point to how many things religious dogma has gotten wrong, and how there is no way to rewrite the bible. Science on the other hand is constantly revised and perfected from tests in the physical world.
“[The Unbelievers] shows them talking thoughtfully about the importance of skepticism, the value of the scientific method, the urgency for humanity to leave religious delusion and theology outside of life and certainly outside of politics. The pair also bolster the notion that the freethought movement is growing, becoming more substantial, and that non-theists and their ilk needn’t hide or feel embarrassed for their non-belief in the spiritual, metaphysical or supernatural….”
Science and questioning turn their argument to young people
More millenials than ever are turning towards an agnostic scientific viewpoint because they are better connected and educated than ever before. This is why “The Unbelievers” is chose a college tour. With all of the technological discoveries, communication revolutions, and opportunities for Students to define themselves Dawkins scientific message is riding a wave of support.
Millennials today are significantly less attached to organized religion than their elders were in their youth. In 2012 almost one-third of young adults ages eighteen to twenty-nine were unaffiliated with a religious institution, while in the 1970s only 13% of young adult Baby Boomers were unaffiliated.
Interview video on the Canadian site “The Globe and Mail”
Moving past the angry atheist stereotype
With greater numbers of atheists coming out in society the new atheism movement is taking form, and looking at how to market itself. Popular media portrays Dawkins as a negative serious “nanny” figure who belittles people to make his points. Krauss’ strategy is more humble reaching out to the religious people. His friendly demeanor may win over the american audience where Dawkins british accent and dry wit seem to fall short.
The UC San Diego RIMAC
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla CA
April 2, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale March 12 HERE
The Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154
***Hosted by magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller***
April 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale now! HERE
Mershon Auditorium at The Ohio State University
1871 N. High Street, Columbus, OH
April 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale now! HERE
Watch the Unbelievers Feature on globalnews.ca
Dawkins hopes The Unbelievers will spark more debate and, perhaps, open a few minds.
“Science is wonderful, truth is wonderful, reality is wonderful,” he says. “People need to appreciate reality and not hide behind the smokescreen of superstition.”
Watch the feature from TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin
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