Archive for Sir David Attenborough

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by neandergal

Sir David Attenborough points out in an interview with NatureVideo that the Book of Genesis shaped the view that the world is there for humans to dominate and use. In the YouTube video reposted on, he explains that the “Basic notion that the world is there for us and if it doesn’t actually serve our purposes and is dispensable. That has produced the devastation of vast areas of the land’s surface…”

The UK independent on Sunday reports that Sir David Attenborough comments on the Bible’s influence on people’s beliefs at the end of the new BBC1 documentary about the theory of evolution. The documentary, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, begins airing tonight on BBC1 and coincides with Darwin’s 200 year birthday and 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.


“They tell me to burn in hell and good riddance”

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by neandergal

Says Sir David Attenborough in the article, I get hate mail telling me to burn in hell for not crediting God published in the January 26th edition of the UK Newspaper, Daily Telegraph. When asked why he does not credit a creator, he replies, “I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in East Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator.”

Other people of science such as Richard Dawkins get the same hate-felt correspondence from believers. Richard Dawkins reads out hate mail in his recent award winning documentary, The Genius of Charles Darwin.

It’s interesting how people devoted to understanding the natural world can end up being the object of hate among people who claim to preach love and understanding.