Quick Post: Other times that Richard Dawkins used the counterfactual ‘If’

As if on queue, Richard Dawkins decided to enter the ‘Are transwomen really women?’ conversation in which no man should express an opinon.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/658622852405534721]

What we didn’t realise is that the ‘If’ signified that Dicky D didn’t really believe the statement that followed.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/658702683872894977]

So what else doesn’t Ricky Dicky Dorkins believe?

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/657224984830607360]

He’s not saying that people do debate Muslims or should argue whatever his asinine point is, he’s saying if.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/647801079107862528]

This is quite a complex statement.  Notice the quotation marks?  That signifies that the person isn’t really offended, so if (and he’s not saying that they are not really offended) people aren’t really offended, they should stay away.  Clearly then, if people are offended, Ricky D thinks they should speak out.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/645553908409106432]

This one is easier.  Richard Dawkins has no passion for truth.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/644943576238006272]

He’s not saying that The God Delusion should be put in hotels, he’s just musing on the way his sentences miss a lot of words.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/644411449645862912]

He’s not saying that people are saying silly things, mind.  But he should.  Richard Dawkins is saying silly things.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/643709756369186820]

Not that the truth is damning him.  It’s just a hypothetical.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/642643725592723456]

He’s not saying that you haven’t got past the title.  It’s just a theoretical possibility that you were wise enough not to read it.

[tweet https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/640413508887289856]

Richard Dawkins has never seen a library.  Prove to him that library exists.  You cannot.  No rational man can prove that libraries exist.



Author: Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher is a Canberra-based blogger and policy wonk who writes about conservatism, atheism, and popular culture. Read his blog at OnlyTheSangfroid. He tweets at @ClothedVillainy

One thought on “Quick Post: Other times that Richard Dawkins used the counterfactual ‘If’”

  1. Dawkins…a bit of an oaf, and in need of an education outside of his speciality. Shame he left his area of expertise such a long time ago to polemicise and pontificate on stuff about which he appears ignorant. But Lalla loves him, dammit.

    Mind you, he does at least extend the courtesy of using the correct pronouns to trans folk. I detect Lalla’s influence there, and maybe the late Douglas Adams’ too.

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