As you can see, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss are walking the streets of Toronto. Last night, they attended the Hot Docs world premiere of The Unbelievers. Krauss was very enthusiastic about the reception the movie received in Toronto, the city where Krauss spent his childhood. After the movie, Krauss sent a Twitter @LKrauss1 message to his followers
Just finished world premiere of @unbelieversfilm. Standing ovation. Was one of the most remarkable and gratifying sights I can remember.
Aren’t there important things that we can all draw from religion, like a sense of community or consolation in difficult times?
Dawkins: We can find fellowship and community in other settings, of course. I think it’s an odd thing to encourage people to get consolation from something for which there’s no evidence. Science, of course, provides it’s own consolation – the consolation of knowing what it’s all about. This is something uplifting.
Krauss: People are programmed to think that reality isn’t uplifting and that it takes away from things to understand perhaps that the universe isn’t made for us. But I think what we need to do is encourage people to recognize that that doesn’t make your life less meaningful. You make the meaning in your own life.
Tickets to the brunch and all four showings of The Unbelievers are sold out, but the Canadian Atheist website will feature reports on the brunch and the movie.