Thursday, November 23, 2006

In Our Time ...

... in case you missed it, or are unaware of it, featured Richard Dawkins (amongst others) talking to the presenter Melvyn Bragg about altruism.

I didn't hear it all - if you are interested, the BBC has a "Listen Again" feature that doesn't in fact require you to have heard it once already. Go to this page and follow the link.

There was the odd bit even in what I heard. In talking about the different effects of culture, Dawkins talked about the "darwinian foundation" - but then added that the zeitgeist might be different from decade to decade. One was tempted to ask - in that case, what exactly is the predictive significance of the darwinian foundation?

And David Stove's commentary on Darwinism was not mentioned, as far as I know.