In a special live presentation at CSICon 2016 in Las Vegas, Richard Dawkins is joined by magician Jamy Ian Swiss for an unscripted and spirited conversation covering a wide range of topics, including skepticism’s history in stage magic, what it means to be a skeptic versus other identifying labels, finding the beauty in science, and what the future of science might entail.
From 1995 to 2008 Richard Dawkins was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is an internationally best-selling author. Among his books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Magic of Reality, and An Appetite for Wonder. His most recent book is the second part of his autobiography, A Brief Candle in the Dark. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature. His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of a recent documentary The Unbelievers which also features appearances by Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Ian McEwan, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, and Sarah Silverman.
This conversation took place as CSICon Las Vegas on Friday, October 28th, 2016.