Philosophy Professors Daniel Kaufman & Massimo Pigliucci discuss the value of philosophy in light of recent attacks from a few well-known scientists. They argue that such attacks on philosophy are expressions of sheer ignorance, and result in a certain kind of anti-intellectualism.
Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist,and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.
“The human brain, probably uniquely in the whole of evolutionary history, can see across the valley and can plot a course away from extinction and towards distant uplands. Long-term planning – and hence the very possibility of stewardship – is something utterly new on the planet, even alien. It exists only in human brains. The future is a new invention in evolution. It is precious. And fragile. We must use all our scientific artifice to protect it.” – Richard Dawkins