As promised, the great evolutionary scientist and Oxford professor of zoology Richard Dawkins made his appearance at Kepler's Bookstore last week. It was unlike any previous book signing -- several hundred fans mobbed the store, with standing-room-only out the door. Clark sold out of every Richard Dawkins book, new and old. (The publisher of The God Delusion is sold out, too. Until the next printing, you can read the first chapter here.)
The crowd was highly engaged, alternating between applause and laughter. In case you missed the show, I am pleased to offer you the re-run, as well as my own introductory remarks, the text of which the professor posted here on his new web site. (Disclosure: my comments are not for the faint of mind, nor endorsed by Bessemer Venture Partners!)
AudioReproduction: 54 meg MP3 file--click to stream or right click and Save the 54 meg MP3 file (via Father Dan)
Video Reproduction. Incidentally, if you hear someone heckling me during the intro, that's Bill Atkinson, co-inventor of the Mac, touting the security of Apple computers.
After the event, the professor was kind enough to dine at my home with some local Valley personalities who support the Dawkins cause. Jurvetson was there (he posted photos), as well as Geoff Ralston, Dan Farmer, and 56k modem inventor Brent Townshend (good thing, too, because when I couldn't start my outdoor gas heater, the inventor fixed it by patching it up with duct tape). Pictured to the right are Bill Atkinson (far left) and Jeff Hawkins (right) entertaining the guest of honor. (They were tickled to learn that Dawkins is a big user of both the Mac and the Palm Treo!)
The success of Dawkins' publication coincides with Michael Shermer's rebuke of Intelligent Design and Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation. Together, these books seem to be making a dent, as their message echoes in popular media like The Colbert Report, South Park, Wired, Newsweek, and even TIME, the bastion of Christian pandering.
Related Link: Buy Dawkins' DVD documentary Root of All Evil.