Richard Dawkins this weekend on BookTV

Richard Dawkins will be on BookTV (C-SPAN2) this weekend.

Here’s the preliminary information (but note: Last weekend the daytime schedule was pre-empted by the unusual weekend proceedings of the U.S. Senate. C-SPAN2 was created to cablecast the Senate, so that is its priority — BookTV was created to provide content when the Senate’s not in session. Because of the health care legislation, the Senate could be in session this weekend as well. This weekend, the Dawkins airing scheduled for Sunday at 5:00 AM is probably safe, although the Democrats later on might keep the Senate in session 24/7 if the Republicans try to stop legislation with a filibuster. Explanation for those outside the United States: Believe it or not, we don’t have a national system for health care in this country! That’s what the Democrats in Congress are trying to change.)

Anyway, here is the preliminary information:

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

Richard Dawkins

About the Program

Richard Dawkins talks about the evidence that supports the theory of evolution and argues that denying evolution today is comparable to denying the Holocaust.  Professor Dawkins spoke at the New York Academy of Sciences.  Includes audience Q&A.

About the Author: Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the author of many books, including “The Selfish Gene” and “The God Delusion.”  For more on Professor Dawkins and his work, visit

Scheduled Airings: Saturday, December 12th at 4pm (ET), Sunday, December 13th at 5am (ET)

UPDATED: Book TV Schedule for Dec 12-14, 2009

This weekend the Senate is due to be in session starting at 8:30 AM ET on Saturday,
December 12, to debate the health care bill. C-SPAN2 has a commitment to cover the
Senate whenever they are in session, therefore, the Book TV schedule this weekend
has been altered.

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  1. Posted December 21, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Wasn’t there a project to compare IQ and the number of children in families with a lower IQ.
    The lower IQ families have more children than the higher IQ families in our country. Right?
    There is a B movie that takes this to the eventual state of affairs in the US, called “Idiocracy.”
    Another interesting fact I stumbled upon when researching using eggs from another woman to have a child with my much younger husband; the women who offer up their eggs are not college students by a long shot. I decided not to partake in the procreation of their DNA.
    Wouldn’t our country benefit from a way to encourage higher IQ persons to have children or donate eggs, sperm.
    And in the book “Freakonimics” they made the correlation of subsidized and readily available abortions with the crime rate. During the timeframe 15-25 years after the years abortions were difficult to obtain the crime rate these unwanted children caused was considerable. They went deep enough to check their facts with the actual Mothers and children and proved this as more than just a blip, but as direct fact.
    So is our country getting progressively less intelligent with every generation?
    Could any of this be part of the problem of why our children’s test scores are going lower and lower? I’d like to think that, as opposed to our teachers and curriculum being THAT flawed. Smart kids, often need but to learn ‘how to learn’ and off they fly.

    • Posted December 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      Actually, IQ has been rising steadily in the US (and elsewhere) for generations now. The norms are periodically adjusted upward. If the norm was not adjusted, the population average would keep rising higher and higher above 100 from one decade to the next.

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