Richard Dawkins on Campus Speech: "Go On, Argue! That's What The University Is For"


Dave Rubin forces Richard Dawkins to answer a few questions about politics, free speech, and fake news, before moving on to his new books: 'Science In The Soul'

Dawkins spoke about his sadness that Berkeley, California has become a center for suppression of speech, rather than freedom of speech: "I actually lived in Berkeley for two years, at a time in the mid 60s when BErkeley was the home of free speech... How have the mighty fallen? Berkeley, the home of free speech -- now the home of suppression of speech. That is very sad to me because of love the place, and I always have loved the place, and the less said about it the better."

Rubin asked about that: "When that happens, do you ever have a moment where you say wow, something has really veered off the path here? In politics, but in society as a whole."

"We really have," Dawkins said. "Mine was just a minor episode... But there have been a large number of cases, where on university campuses, there have been protests preventing people from speaking... because they just don't like what they think they are going to hear. And it is really sad, when you think that a university of all places --is the place where ideas should be aired, and exchanged, and disputed, and argued over-- Go along and argue, that's what the university is for."

"This sort of soft, sappy, inability to take something that we find offensive, and hurtful, it is pathetic, it is contemptable," he added.

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