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 mean I think that when you've got a big brain when you find yourself planted in a world with a brain big enough to understand quite a lot of what you see around you but not everything you naturally fall to thinking about the deep mysteries. Where do we come from? Where does the world come from? Where does the universe come from?
At least the fundamentalists haven't tried to dilute their message. Their faith is exposed for what it is for all to see.
Evolution never looks to the future.
It would be intolerant if I advocated the banning of religion but of course I never have.
The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small and even though we shall all die some day we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.
The Bible should be taught but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction myth poetry anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.
For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.