Richard Dawkins’ Famous “What If You’re Wrong” Speech Animated in the Style of South Park

In 2006, Oxford biol­o­gist and new athe­ist Richard Dawkins made an appear­ance at the evan­gel­i­cal Lib­er­ty Uni­ver­si­ty and field­ed ques­tions from the audi­ence. One stu­dent, Amber Moore, asked Dawkins why he was more inclined to believe in extrater­res­tri­als with advanced intel­li­gence than God? When Dawkins gave his answer, explain­ing that he could only believe in bio­log­i­cal beings, Amber asked the fol­low up ques­tion, “What if you’re wrong?” Dawkins’ response went viral on Youtube, tal­ly­ing almost 4 mil­lions views. So did the South Park-style ani­ma­tion that appeared sev­er­al years lat­er. The ani­ma­tion (above) came not from the cre­ators of South Park, Trey Park­er and Matt Stone, but rather from some YouTu­ber called Tube­LooB.

Park­er and Stone did sep­a­rate­ly lam­poon Dawkins, how­ev­er, in a 2006 episode of the show. Dawkins did­n’t like it very much. If you watch this raunchy, very Not-Safe-for-Work clip, you’ll see why.

It’s also worth recall­ing that Park­er and Stone took a respect­ful whack at ani­mat­ing the philo­soph­i­cal teach­ings of Alan Watts. We always enjoy giv­ing it a watch.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Wis­dom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Pro­vok­ing Ani­ma­tions

Grow­ing Up in the Uni­verse: Richard Dawkins Presents Cap­ti­vat­ing Sci­ence Lec­tures for Kids (1991)

Richard Dawkins’ Doc­u­men­tary The God Delu­sion Tack­les Faith & Reli­gious Vio­lence (2006)

Richard Dawkins Explains Why There Was Nev­er a First Human Being

Free Online Biol­o­gy Cours­es

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  • Dr. Willi Gutowski says:

    Dear Dr. Dawkins,
    I have also won­dered why it was eas­i­er for you to believe in extrater­res­tri­als than in the God of the Bible.
    I would encour­age you to inves­ti­gate the “alien abduc­tion” reports. It may be of inter­est to you that only NON-Chris­tians get abduct­ed!!! Chris­tians who get accost­ed by extrater­res­tri­als rec­og­nize that they are not “aliens” but demon­ic spir­its. These are under the author­i­ty of any Chris­t­ian and must leave when com­mand­ed to do so in the name of Jesus. Sweet!
    Hap­py New Year!

  • Chris says:

    That must be great weed you’ve been smok­ing fel­la! Remem­ber, don’t touch the brown acid and for pit’s sake keep away from the Kool Aid.

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