Is Richard Dawkins Related to Emma Watson?

That’s the title of a thread I stumbled upon in The Emma Watson forums with this picture:

Isnt that creepy, dude?

Isn't that creepy, dude?

Compare it to a picture of Emma Watson (which I went ahead and nabbed from the banner of the forum):

Hermione Granger! Yayz!

Hermione Granger! Yayz!

Hell, when I met Richard Dawkins the first thing to run through my head was not “he looks a lot like Emma Watson” but “he looks shorter in person” and he doesn’t look like that in my recollection but… they do look pretty similar in that picture. That’s creepy, dudettes and dudes!

So, I sent a link to the thread to my theistic evolutionist friend and we both had a good giggle. But guess what? My theistic evolutionist friend was more of a skeptic than I was! Like that nagging feeling in the back of my head had told me, that’s not what Richard Dawkins actually looks like:

That is still pretty hot, eh.

That is still pretty hot, eh.

See the difference? My theistic evolutionist friend pointed out that it seems that somebody took an image of Emma Watson and superimposed it on teh Dawk. I really have no idea why anybody would do that but it’s still pretty amusing.

Now that I’ve done all this, I’m not quite sure how it relates to skepticism other than…

  1. Deeper investigations are necessary more often than you’d think and…
  2. Theists can be good skeptics too.

Damn, street lamps seem to relate to skepticism more than Richard Dawkins does.

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  1. Joy Wang
    July 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm —

    The first pic did look a tad off (I just read The Ancestor’s Tale which has the real RD pic in the biography–don’t ask why I picked up on the differences: 1. his eyebrows are off, 2. his nose is a bit off too) but there’s still some resemblance between the Emma Watson banner pics and the real RD pic, which is just coincidence. Yay for Hermione Granger! Granted, Harry Potter’s not my favorite series, but of all the characters, Hermione and Lupin would have to be my favorites. And Dumbledore. And McGonagall. Anyways…so yeah

  2. vreify
    July 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm —

    Wow, good catch. There are always rumors about Emma Watson. Someone told me she had been admitted to my tiny little college.


  3. Cassie
    July 23, 2008 at 6:26 pm —

    That is very interesting. I have always been a fan of Emma Watson, ever since I read this article in Parade.

    This is the part of the article that caught my attention:

    “With Hermione, Rowling has created an enduring role model for girls. “There are too many stupid girls in the media,” Watson observes, her dark eyes lighting up. “Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad.” Watson admits that there is quite a lot of herself in the confident and bookish Hermione. “I’m a bit of a feminist,” she proclaims. “I’m very competitive and challenging.” Though she resented it at first, Watson has come to appreciate the emphasis on Hermione’s brains rather than her appearance. “When I was 9 or 10, I would get really upset when they tried to make me look geeky, but now I absolutely love it. I find it’s so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn’t care what she looks like. She’s a complete tomboy.”

    If only more actors and actresses would celebrate education…

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