Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

Clinton Richard Dawkins (born 26 March 1941) is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. Dawkins is an atheist, and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.

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I suppose if you look back to your early childhood you accept everything people tell you and that includes a heavy dose of irrationality - you're told about tooth fairies and Father Christmas and things.

At the deepest level all living things that have ever been looked at have the same DNA code. And many of the same genes.

It's very likely that most mammals have consciousness and probably birds too.

I love words.

The question of whether there exists a supernatural creator a God is one of the most important that we have to answer. I think that it is a scientific question. My answer is no.

I accept that there may be things far grander and more incomprehensible than we can possibly imagine.

My interest in biology was pretty much always on the philosophical side.

My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism.

I'm a cultural Christian in the same way many of my friends call themselves cultural Jews or cultural Muslims.

We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb because it is through us - through our brains our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space.

I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history.

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.

I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13.

My decision to be a scientist was a bit of a drift really more or less by default.

One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.

I don't feel depressed. I feel elated.

If ever there was a slamming of the door in the face of constructive investigation it is the word miracle. To a medieval peasant a radio would have seemed like a miracle.

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at bottom no design no purpose no evil no good nothing but blind pitiless indifference.

The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science especially in the schools of America.

Faith is the great cop-out the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of even perhaps because of the lack of evidence.

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