A comic with two characters: a funny-looking orange-brown cartoon pterodactyl dinosaur with wings, and a funny-looking cartoon tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur. Character 1 says: 'Hi, I'm Richard Dawkins; scientist, writer, and poster boy for the Skeptics movement. Actually I'm not, but I play him in this comic.' Character 2 says: 'Glad to have you with us, Professor Dawkins. Please tell us a bit about the Skeptic and New Atheism movements, if you would.' Character 1 says: 'It's all about turning to rationality instead of superstition. It's terrible that school kids are still being taught that God created the world.' Character 2 says: 'Is there anything else you're skeptical of, besides religion?' Character 1 says: 'Oh, lots of things! Astrology, for example. It's ridiculous that in this day and age people still do horoscopes.' Character 2 says: 'So, you want people to stop believing in creation myths and divination. Anything else?' Character 1 says: 'I encourage people to live their lives based on science and rationality, rather than superstition and religious indoctrination.' Character 2 says: 'Well that is certainly a very bold and uncompromising stance to take. For the 16th Century that is.' Character 1 says: 'Yes, I - wait, what?' Character 2 says: 'I mean, in 1500s Europe the Church was incredibly powerful and challenging its authority was a genuinely radical act.' Character 1 thinks: 'What are you even going on about, Tyrannosaur-Face?' Character 2 says: 'But today's society is dominated by technology, and science is viewed as the only legitimate source of knowledge.' Character 1 says: 'So?' Character 2 says: 'So saying that Science is the source of all Truth supports the already-powerful, while pissing off a bunch of cranks and wingnuts.' Character 1 says: 'But Science IS the source of all true knowledge.' Character 2 says: 'Really? Forgive me if I'm skeptical.'

Skeptics

A comic with two characters: a funny-looking orange-brown cartoon pterodactyl dinosaur with wings, and a funny-looking cartoon tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur. Character 1 says: 'Hi, I'm Richard Dawkins; scientist, writer, and poster boy for the Skeptics movement. Actually I'm not, but I play him in this comic.' Character 2 says: 'Glad to have you with us, Professor Dawkins. Please tell us a bit about the Skeptic and New Atheism movements, if you would.' Character 1 says: 'It's all about turning to rationality instead of superstition. It's terrible that school kids are still being taught that God created the world.' Character 2 says: 'Is there anything else you're skeptical of, besides religion?' Character 1 says: 'Oh, lots of things! Astrology, for example. It's ridiculous that in this day and age people still do horoscopes.' Character 2 says: 'So, you want people to stop believing in creation myths and divination. Anything else?' Character 1 says: 'I encourage people to live their lives based on science and rationality, rather than superstition and religious indoctrination.' Character 2 says: 'Well that is certainly a very bold and uncompromising stance to take. For the 16th Century that is.' Character 1 says: 'Yes, I - wait, what?' Character 2 says: 'I mean, in 1500s Europe the Church was incredibly powerful and challenging its authority was a genuinely radical act.' Character 1 thinks: 'What are you even going on about, Tyrannosaur-Face?' Character 2 says: 'But today's society is dominated by technology, and science is viewed as the only legitimate source of knowledge.' Character 1 says: 'So?' Character 2 says: 'So saying that Science is the source of all Truth supports the already-powerful, while pissing off a bunch of cranks and wingnuts.' Character 1 says: 'But Science IS the source of all true knowledge.' Character 2 says: 'Really? Forgive me if I'm skeptical.'

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