Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Christopher Hitchens thinking on his feet



Since we were just talking about Christopher Hitchens (in the comments here), I thought I'd post this brief video clip.

Apparently, this comes at the end of a debate between Hitchens and Frank Turek, but I'm not sure which debate it was. They debated twice (the first is here, and the second here), and I just don't have time to watch them now.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that WCG.
Not to belabor the topic, but "Does Atheism Poison Everything?", Sept. 2010, with Hitchens vs. David Berlinski, author of The Devil's Delusion, is a rousing good show. Hitch is in fine form and owns the audience throughout:
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295467-1

Anonymous said...

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WCG said...

Thanks, Anonymous. Yes, Hitchens does a great job with that debate, too. Unfortunately, he's looking very ill (which, of course, he is).

It's funny that Berlinski, his opponent, is a non-believer himself. Apparently, he just thinks religion is necessary for everyone else - all those people who aren't as capable or moral as he is, I guess.

And I might check out that podcast - it does sound interesting - but I usually have a hard time concentrating if I can't see the speakers. I find my mind wandering when it's audio only.

Actually, I find it easiest to concentrate on written discussions, so I might see if they offer a transcript of the podcast.