The Guardian profiles
one of my favorite thinkers, Richard Dawkins, no doubt in part because of his recent BBC series on religion, The Root of All Evil
-- which Guardian
columnist Madeleine Bunting recently castigated
. (some links via The Huge Entity
) Here's a bit from the profile:
Opponents have claimed that Dawkins offers a bleak view of humanity, something he categorically denies. "The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small," he argues, "and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun." But even he expresses regret at our long-term prospects. "Within 50 million years, it's highly unlikely humans will still be around and it is sad to think of the loss of all that knowledge and music."
Yeah, it is, actually.