Expanding your window and broadening your mind?

The YouTube player that appears in a web page has a button in the bottom right hand corner that I hadn’t previously tried:


It switches the little in-window player into something approaching full-screen mode. Now, most videos on YouTube are short enough and of low-enough quality that there’s not much point in doing this. But those who have a ‘director’ account can upload videos of greater length; things for which you may prefer to retire to a comfy chair and watch from a distance.

And so it was that I spent an hour and three quarters this morning watching YouTube because somebody has uploaded the talk that Richard Dawkins gave at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia in October.

There are two parts to the video. The first is Dawkins reading extracts from The God Delusion. The second, longer clip is the Q&A from the audience afterwards, which is, as he predicts, generally more interesting. What adds a certain frisson to some of the discussions is the fact that the other academic institution in Lynchburg is the contraversial Baptist college, Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell.

If you’re interested in the subject from either side of the fence, or are sitting on it, this is worth watching.

Follow-up: Dave Hill points out that you can get the whole thing as a Quicktime download here. Similar quality, but you can right-click on the link and save the file to your machine if you want to keep a copy.

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