Daniel Dennett – How To Tell Youre An Atheist (Full)

Daniel Dennett – How To Tell Youre An Atheist (Full)


Philosopher Daniel Dennett was one of the stars of the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne and gave a brilliant and whimsical talk on defining the atheist. He is the uber-philospher of the mind and a great provocateur, though he was speaking to 4000 non believers at this convention.

He talks specifically about The Clergy Project in the middle of his talk at 19 min 15 sec.
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27 Comments

  • bimmjim says:

    Ask people this question – Do you believe in a literal god, one that created and manages the world?
    61% of Canadians say “No.”
    52% of people in the UK say “No.”
    Very much, it depends on how you ask the question.

  • bimmjim says:

    If it is against the law to utter death threats, why are religious people allowed to threaten their own children with a fate worse than death.

  • rd f says:

    Actually the Santa myth helped me overcome my religious beliefs. When I found out it wasn’t true, I started thinking that if the adults had lied about Santa then maybe they were lying about God, too.

  • Kittymittens Knit'n says:

    Look around, if all you see is rectum wall’s, then you head is up your ass and your an atheist

  • blueray1969 says:

    It’s funny, noone cares if you’re an atheist in the UK, unless you were born to muslim parents of course in which case you’d better keep it secret! The idea that an advanced nation like the USA would deem this a problem is laughable.

  • InformationIsTheEdge says:

    I LOVED this presentation! 45 minutes just disappeared!

  • Appropriate Tilde says:

    If you find yourself without two braincells to rub together, you are an atheist.

  • RonJohn63 says:

    44:18 This must be an old talk, or he’s volitionally ignoring a significant (which doesn’t mean all) chunk of all (what Americans consider) liberals. They’s got the art of “I’m sensitive and you’re offending me” down to a science.

  • peter johnson says:

    A cheap claim to fame is to expound upon the nature of reality while at the same time ignoring the totality of both the universe and human kind.

  • QQminusS says:

    _The_ uber-philosopher of the mind, he is? Ah, a Nietzsche reference I notice. And something else…. yes, vague, but it’s there. I would have called him the pen-ultimate philosopher of the mind, but this has a more physical science meaning in the Spanish language. That might get lost in translation.

    To be truly Just, one must be willing to hand the opponent position.

  • Caleb Carr says:

    Please Daniel, for sanity’s sake, clear your throat and trim your nose hairs!

  • James Smith says:

    2 years ago, I promoted “god is a concept” as a way to limit the experience of god as promoted by evangelicals to a reality-based. I would add, per Ayn Rand and Dr. Dennet here that god is not a valid concept because unlike the concept of “a cup of coffee”, god does not exist outside an evangelical’s head. But, Dr. Dennett, if you want to have a safe way to address a rabid religious evangelical, it is helpful to start with god is a concept, then qualify it with “the concept of god is not valid.”

  • James Smith says:

    That the pope’s prayers are never answered when praying for peace justifies his leadership in the church full of other people whose prayers are not really answered either.

  • denver mason says:

    Atheist = Conclusion

    Theist = Conclusion

    Both types of thinking have conclusions and both admit they have no evidence to prove their respective positions.

    Theist claim to have a personal experience.

    Atheist claim to have no experience which supports the existence of God.

    The heart of both schools of thought is knowledge without evidence and irrational by their own admission. The fact that theist claim to have a personal experience proving to them that their is a God is actually less irrational as I brush my teeth but also have no evidence proving that I have brushed my teeth. Thus there is reality that has no evidence proving its existence.

    Evidence = two or more people validating the objects logical conditions creating the evidentiary nature of the object. Thus one can know from experience that there are a lot of real occurrences that cannot be evidence. Evidence therefore does not define existence and merely insures that what we call evidence also must be sensible to everyone.

    The real problem here is that there is not a comprehension of exactly what evidence is. lol

  • WildPhotoShooter says:

    Once one starts listening to Daniel Dennett it is very hard to stop the video. He is great to listen to.

  • Kyle Rusk says:

    I still have guilt… Can’t shake it.

  • Deborah Reuter says:

    Make sure of your decision. You are deciding where you will spend eternity. Remember…. We are spinning on a rock in the middle of nowhere .
    You have read God all wrong. Every last one of us turned our backs on God. We all left him. He never left us. He never changes like we do. He only loves but when we sin or break the boundaries God has set forth so we can live with him we have consequences.
    God is sinless or better to say he is perfect. We are not. He is giving us a manual , the Bible ,so we will know when we step out of bounds. God does not need us . We need God. He lives in a place so wonderful that we cannot comprehend it.
    People say that God is unfair because he lets the suffering and pain go on here on Earth. Let me be very clear that God does not do this to anyone. They do it to themselves thru the separation they choose away from God. You cannot see what goes on in any ones mind, but God can. People bring about their own pain and despair. They will profess to know God or act righteous in front of others but actually they are full of hate for their fellow man inside. This brings about poverty, cancer, disease ,starvation, hate for one another ,etc. God has no part in this. Look at any situation in the bible. The Israelites were always hit hard by God’s wrath because of what they did, not because God singled them out and doomed them. He cannot do that.
    God is giving everyone a chance to come freely to him and the time is right now. Look at the world around us. {2 Timothy 3:1-5} We are there. Revelation warns us that when you see these signs know that the time of his appearing is near. We are taking God out of everything as predicted by the prophets in the bible. The USA used to be the super power of the world when we chose “In God we Trust.” But now we have chosen the opposite and we are a fallen Nation . God is getting ready to say, “Game Over.” as predicted in revelation.
    Those who choose God will live forever with him in paradise. A place the creator of this universe designed. The bible says, “Eye hath not seen nor ear heard the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” {1 Corinthians 2:9} We also will be given a body that will never grow old and will see their loved ones who have died in Christ. I don’t see how anyone would choose to disbelieve and loose all that.
    On the other hand , nonbelievers will get exactly what they are asking for. Separation from God which is an environment of pure darkness and pain forever. The bible says, he wishes no one to go there but if that’s what you choose he then gives it to you, forever.{2 Peter 3:9}
    Remember………. We are spinning on a rock in the middle of nowhere and the outcome of our present life is death. No other life form has been found in the Universe which points again to the bible being right. Genesis say’s God created life on Earth. No where else.
    These few of many documentaries have been produced because these people have found the truth that God does exist and he will reveal himself to you if you are truly repentant and accept his Son, Jesus.
    I hope you reconsider your decision because forever is a long time.
    Consider watching on youtube
    I Am Second-Brian Welch
    Psychopathic Atheist Turns to Jesus/ A Short Testimony Of David Wood
    Atheist to Christian
    Ten of The Top Scientific Facts in the Bible

  • aud loves life says:

    I just love this guy and everything thing he says.

  • SALAM JIHAD says:

    SCIENTIST FOUND THAT THE UNIVERSE WAS OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN !!YOU BETTER HOPE THERE IS NO GOD!

  • Hush Whisper says:

    God is REAL. He left something for Us to find on top of Our Planet. I found it several years ago and that’s why I created my YouTube Channel. I’d like to invite anyone reading this, to come see what I found on Google Earth. I can prove to anyone on this Planet, that God is ABSOLUTELY REAL BEYOND ALL DOUBT. Please come see.
    *THIS IS NOT CLICK BAIT!* Several times already I’ve asked several different YouTube channels to come and try and debunk what I found, so far no one has. Please come see and help me *share it* with others. *There’s HOPE!* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v67V3KtaSno

  • kim weaver says:

    Try this…. instead of pronouncing it AYEEE-theist, try AH-theist.  It has a different effect.  Same with KOM-you-nist.  Try commune-ist.

  • Berning Sandwiches says:

    He doesn’t want to abolish the Santa Claus myth and he’s fat with a white beard. Coincidence, I think not.

  • Nyarlathotep Flagg says:

    Currently feeling sorry for all those forced to have their name attached to the idea complete blindness(mental and physical), because some guy bearing the same name thought it was a good idea to name the syndrome after him.

  • kerri b says:

    it begins

  • insylem says:

    His “You might be atheist” should be requoted to “You may not be Christian”. Many people beleive in some type of god without believeing the things that he was saying. He is ommiting many other religions ect.

  • imagendes says:

    Atheist is fucking boring as hell, in fact it maybe a hell phyilodophy…yet we need it to counter theist fucking nonsense purgatory shit go anarchist free yourself from this bands of shit.

  • Allan Stokes says:

    26:48 is amusing, but it’s also a cheap shot.

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