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Strange Hours

Interesting newcomers to the blogosphere: an old friend of mine from university, Toby, has recently got a blog (well, actually, a LJ), to which he posts various interesting links relating to topics such as biology, computer graphics and a bit of social issues; links such as this transcript of Andrew Denton interviewing Sir David Attenborough:
Andrew Denton: When you see this sort of stuff, do you ever get a sense of God's pattern?
Sir David Attenborough: Well, if you ask...about that, then you see remarkable things like that earwig and you also see all very beautiful things like hummingbirds, orchids, and so on. But you also ought to think of the other, less attractive things. You ought to think of tapeworms. You ought to think of...well, think of a parasitic worm that lives only in the eyeballs of human beings, boring its way through them, in West Africa, for example, where it's common, turning people blind. So if you say, "I believe that God designed and created and brought into existence every single species that exists," then you've also got to say, "Well, he, at some stage, decided to bring into existence a worm that's going to turn people blind." Now, I find that very difficult to reconcile with notions about a merciful God. And I certainly find it difficult to believe that a God -- superhuman, supreme power -- would actually do that.

There are 2 comments on "Strange Hours":

Posted by: kstop http:// Tue Sep 23 09:38:42 2003

That was quoted on a recent biography program on BBC1 (I think). He's essentially an atheist, and according to my girlf it's rumoured to be the reason he turned Director General of the BBC, because the DG's required to do this religious programme whose name I forget.

The irony is that now atheist groups are campaigning to be let on said program, in the spirit of ecumenicalism.

Posted by: kstop http:// Tue Sep 23 09:42:13 2003

that would be "turned DOWN"...