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Richard Dawkins (born 26 March 1941) is a British evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford and was Professor for Public Understanding of Science in the University of Oxford from 1995 to 2008. An atheist, he is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.

Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. With his book The Extended Phenotype (1982), he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

In The Blind Watchmaker (1986), Dawkins argues against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he describes evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker, in that reproduction, mutation, and selection are unguided by any designer. In The God Delusion (2006), Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion. Dawkins's atheist stances have sometimes attracted controversy.

Dawkins has been awarded academic and writing awards, and he makes television, radio, and internet appearances, predominantly discussing his books, atheism, and his ideas and opinions as a public intellectual.

Quote: I'm not much given to straight, irony-free hero-worship. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I'm not much given to straight, irony-free hero-worship.


Quote: Science, as opposed to technology, does violence to common sense. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of empty road towards mountains
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Science, as opposed to technology, does violence to common sense.


Quote: Beauty arises out of human inspiration. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of red rope on three branch
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Beauty arises out of human inspiration.


Quote: In the beginning was simplicity. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of bride holding bouquet standing on white stairs
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In the beginning was simplicity.


Quote: Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
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Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.


Quote: Placebos work. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Placebos work.


Quote: I love words. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I love words.


Quote: If saying that religion should be a private matter and should not have special influence in public life is illiberal, then 74% of U.K. Christians are illiberal, too. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

If saying that religion should be a private matter and should not have special influence in public life is illiberal, then 74% of U.K. Christians are illiberal, too.


Quote: The truth is more magical in the best and most exciting sense of the word, than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic: the magic of reality. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The truth is more magical in the best and most exciting sense of the word, than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic: the magic of reality.


Quote: There is another kind of altruism that seems to go beyond that, a kind of super-altruism, which humans appear to have. And I think that does need a Darwinian explanation. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is another kind of altruism that seems to go beyond that, a kind of super-altruism, which humans appear to have. And I think that does need a Darwinian explanation.


Quote: If you don't know anything about computers, just remember that they are machines that do exactly what you tell them but often surprise you in the result. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

If you don't know anything about computers, just remember that they are machines that do exactly what you tell them but often surprise you in the result.


Quote: It doesn't hurt my feelings when I get vilified by fundamentalist. I've actually made comedy out of it. I've made light of that. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It doesn't hurt my feelings when I get vilified by fundamentalist. I've actually made comedy out of it. I've made light of that.


Quote: All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities.


Quote: DNA is ROM. It can be read millions of times over, but only written to once -- when it is first assembled the birth of the cell in which it resides. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

DNA is ROM. It can be read millions of times over, but only written to once -- when it is first assembled the birth of the cell in which it resides.


Quote: I am agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at the bottom of the garden. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I am agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at the bottom of the garden.


Quote: There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point? The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point? The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.


Quote: The idea of an afterlife where you can be reunited with loved ones can be immensely consoling  though not to me. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The idea of an afterlife where you can be reunited with loved ones can be immensely consoling though not to me.


Quote: Brains function on a need-to-know basis, and the need-to-know in order to survive on the African plains as hunter-gatherers. It's pure bonus if we manage to understand a bit about relativity and quantum theory as well. I think it's a tremendous privilege that we can understand as much as we can. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of Richard Dawkins quote: Brains function on a need-to-know basis, and the need-to-know in order to survive on the African plains as hunter-gatherers. It's pure bonus if we manage to understand a bit about relativity and quantum theory as well. I think it's a tremendous privilege that we can understand as much as we can.- black text on quotes background

Brains function on a need-to-know basis, and the need-to-know in order to survive on the African plains as hunter-gatherers. It's pure bonus if we manage to understand a bit about relativity and quantum theory as well. I think it's a tremendous privilege that we can understand as much as we can.


Quote: The fear of Hell is a very powerful motivation. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The fear of Hell is a very powerful motivation.


Quote: Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones.


Quote: Being an atheist frees you up to live this life properly, happily, and fully. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Being an atheist frees you up to live this life properly, happily, and fully.


Quote: Discrimination is not liberal. Arguing against discrimination is not intolerance. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Discrimination is not liberal. Arguing against discrimination is not intolerance.


Quote: The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: You could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

You could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer.


Quote: We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.

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We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.


Quote: It is an essential part of the scientific enterprise to admit ignorance, even to exult in ignorance as a challenge to future conquests. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It is an essential part of the scientific enterprise to admit ignorance, even to exult in ignorance as a challenge to future conquests.


Quote: Genetic modification, like any other kind of modification, is good if you modify in a good direction, bad if you modify in a bad direction. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Genetic modification, like any other kind of modification, is good if you modify in a good direction, bad if you modify in a bad direction.


Quote: A largely unrecognized danger of the obsessive hysteria surrounding genetically modified foods is crying wolf. I fear that, if the green movement's high-amplitude warnings over GMOs turn out to be empty, people will be dangerously disinclined to listen to other and more serious warnings. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of Richard Dawkins quote: A largely unrecognized danger of the obsessive hysteria surrounding genetically modified foods is crying wolf. I fear that, if the green movement's high-amplitude warnings over GMOs turn out to be empty, people will be dangerously disinclined to listen to other and more serious warnings.- black text on quotes background

A largely unrecognized danger of the obsessive hysteria surrounding genetically modified foods is crying wolf. I fear that, if the green movement's high-amplitude warnings over GMOs turn out to be empty, people will be dangerously disinclined to listen to other and more serious warnings.


Quote: Human psychology has a near universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Human psychology has a near universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire.


Quote: All religious beliefs seem weird to those not brought up in them. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

All religious beliefs seem weird to those not brought up in them.


Quote: All animals are minor variations on a very particular theme. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

All animals are minor variations on a very particular theme.


Quote: The chicken is only an egg's way for making another egg. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The chicken is only an egg's way for making another egg.


Quote: Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children than threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of hell? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children than threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of hell?


Quote: The important thing to remember about mathematics is not to be frightened. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The important thing to remember about mathematics is not to be frightened.


Quote: Regarding the accusations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, deplorable and disgusting as those abuses are, they are not so harmful to the children as the grievous mental harm in bringing up the child Catholic in the first place. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Regarding the accusations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, deplorable and disgusting as those abuses are, they are not so harmful to the children as the grievous mental harm in bringing up the child Catholic in the first place.


Quote: It often turns out on closer inspection that acts of apparent altruism are really selfishness in disguise. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It often turns out on closer inspection that acts of apparent altruism are really selfishness in disguise.


Quote: Atheism is not a religion. Abstinence is not a sex position. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Atheism is not a religion. Abstinence is not a sex position.


Quote: Do you really mean the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward? That's not morality, that's just sucking up. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Do you really mean the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward? That's not morality, that's just sucking up.


Quote: You don't believe that the Earth is round only if you're an astronaut. You don't believe Napoleon existed only if you're a historian. You believe these things because they're facts, proved by evidence. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

You don't believe that the Earth is round only if you're an astronaut. You don't believe Napoleon existed only if you're a historian. You believe these things because they're facts, proved by evidence.


Quote: The genetic code is not a binary code as in computers, nor an eight-level code as in some telephone systems, but a quaternary code with four symbols. The machine code of the genes is uncannily computerlike. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The genetic code is not a binary code as in computers, nor an eight-level code as in some telephone systems, but a quaternary code with four symbols. The machine code of the genes is uncannily computerlike.


Quote: There are no natural borderlines in evolution. The illusion of a borderline is created by the fact that the evolutionary intermediates happen to be extinct. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There are no natural borderlines in evolution. The illusion of a borderline is created by the fact that the evolutionary intermediates happen to be extinct.






Quote: I think there could be a very large number who are creationists by default. Those are the people I want to reach. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I think there could be a very large number who are creationists by default. Those are the people I want to reach.


Quote: Just because science so far has failed to explain something, such as consciousness, to say it follows that the facile, pathetic explanations which religion has produced somehow by default must win the argument is really quite ridiculous. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Just because science so far has failed to explain something, such as consciousness, to say it follows that the facile, pathetic explanations which religion has produced somehow by default must win the argument is really quite ridiculous.


Quote: If it is solely an evolutionary convenience, there is really no such thing as good or evil. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

If it is solely an evolutionary convenience, there is really no such thing as good or evil.


Quote: Words are our servants, not our masters. For different purposes, we find it convenient to use words in different senses. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Words are our servants, not our masters. For different purposes, we find it convenient to use words in different senses.


Quote: The thing that defines a species is that all members have the same addressing system for their DNA. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The thing that defines a species is that all members have the same addressing system for their DNA.


Quote: DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.


Quote: Suppose that there's a gene that makes you gay if you were bottle-fed but that has some completely different effect if you were breast-fed. So in the days before bottles were invented that gene would not have manifested itself as gay behavior, but now that bottles are common it can do so. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of Richard Dawkins quote: Suppose that there's a gene that makes you gay if you were bottle-fed but that has some completely different effect if you were breast-fed. So in the days before bottles were invented that gene would not have manifested itself as gay behavior, but now that bottles are common it can do so.- black text on quotes background

Suppose that there's a gene that makes you gay if you were bottle-fed but that has some completely different effect if you were breast-fed. So in the days before bottles were invented that gene would not have manifested itself as gay behavior, but now that bottles are common it can do so.




Quote: There is an attitude in the culture that says that everybody is entitled to their opinion. You got to respect their opinion. No, you damn well haven't got to respect their opinion. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is an attitude in the culture that says that everybody is entitled to their opinion. You got to respect their opinion. No, you damn well haven't got to respect their opinion.


Quote: Are science and religion converging? No. There are modern scientists whose words sound religious but whose beliefs, on close examination, turn out to be identical to those of other scientists who straightforwardly call themselves atheists. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Are science and religion converging? No. There are modern scientists whose words sound religious but whose beliefs, on close examination, turn out to be identical to those of other scientists who straightforwardly call themselves atheists.


Quote: What shall it profit a male if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his immortal genes? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

What shall it profit a male if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his immortal genes?


Quote: The body is a survival machine programmed to propagate the genes that reside inside it. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The body is a survival machine programmed to propagate the genes that reside inside it.


Quote: In true natural selection, if a body has what it takes to survive, its genes automatically survive because they are inside it. So the genes that survive tend to be, automatically, those genes that confer on bodies the qualities that assist them to survive. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

In true natural selection, if a body has what it takes to survive, its genes automatically survive because they are inside it. So the genes that survive tend to be, automatically, those genes that confer on bodies the qualities that assist them to survive.


Quote: Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colours. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colours.


Quote: Even if not a single fossil has ever been found, the evidence from surviving animals would still overwhelmingly force the conclusion that Darwin was right. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Even if not a single fossil has ever been found, the evidence from surviving animals would still overwhelmingly force the conclusion that Darwin was right.


Quote: My computer is a very complex gadget and it was designed by many designers, so why must the universe have only a single designer and not many designers? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

My computer is a very complex gadget and it was designed by many designers, so why must the universe have only a single designer and not many designers?


Quote: Which of our unnoticed isms will the hindsight of future generations condemn? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Which of our unnoticed isms will the hindsight of future generations condemn?


Quote: Earlier than about 10,000 years ago, all human populations were hunter gatherers. Soon, probably none will be. Those not extinct will be 'civilised' -- or corrupted, depending on your point of view. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Earlier than about 10,000 years ago, all human populations were hunter gatherers. Soon, probably none will be. Those not extinct will be 'civilised' -- or corrupted, depending on your point of view.


Quote: The illusion of design is so successful that to this day most Americans (including, significantly, many influential and rich Americans) stubbornly refuse to believe it is an illusion. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The illusion of design is so successful that to this day most Americans (including, significantly, many influential and rich Americans) stubbornly refuse to believe it is an illusion.


Quote: Anybody who objects to cloning on principle has to answer to all the identical twins in the world who might be insulted by the thought that there is something offensive about their very existence. Clones are simply identical twins. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Anybody who objects to cloning on principle has to answer to all the identical twins in the world who might be insulted by the thought that there is something offensive about their very existence. Clones are simply identical twins.


Quote: Evolution is just a theory? Well, so is gravity and I don't see you jumping out of buildings. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Evolution is just a theory? Well, so is gravity and I don't see you jumping out of buildings.


Quote: You can legally lie about the real world to your heart's content, but until some human being is materially damaged, nobody will complain. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

You can legally lie about the real world to your heart's content, but until some human being is materially damaged, nobody will complain.


Quote: I read in the paper today the list of the most popular boys' names in Britain. The first was Jack, the second was Mohammed. That makes me feel a little bit worried. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I read in the paper today the list of the most popular boys' names in Britain. The first was Jack, the second was Mohammed. That makes me feel a little bit worried.






Quote: Our brains have evolved to help us survive within the orders of magnitude of size and speed which our bodies operate at. We never evolved to navigate in the world of atoms. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Our brains have evolved to help us survive within the orders of magnitude of size and speed which our bodies operate at. We never evolved to navigate in the world of atoms.




Quote: Science shares with religion the claim that it answers deep questions about origins, the nature of life, and the cosmos. But there the resemblance ends. Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Science shares with religion the claim that it answers deep questions about origins, the nature of life, and the cosmos. But there the resemblance ends. Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not.


Quote: I mean it as a compliment when I say that you could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I mean it as a compliment when I say that you could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer.


Quote: We don't need fossils -- the case for evolution is watertight without them; so it is paradoxical to use gaps in the fossil record as though they were evidence against evolution. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We don't need fossils -- the case for evolution is watertight without them; so it is paradoxical to use gaps in the fossil record as though they were evidence against evolution.






Quote: It's known that stress gives rise to disease. It's also known that many diseases, especially stress-related diseases, can be cured by placebos -- pills that have no medicinal effect, but people think they do, and so they do. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It's known that stress gives rise to disease. It's also known that many diseases, especially stress-related diseases, can be cured by placebos -- pills that have no medicinal effect, but people think they do, and so they do.


Quote: We accept that people are irrational for good Darwinian reasons. But I don't think we should be so pessimistic as to think that therefore we're forever condemned to be irrational. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We accept that people are irrational for good Darwinian reasons. But I don't think we should be so pessimistic as to think that therefore we're forever condemned to be irrational.


Quote: I'm sure Obama is an atheist, I'm sure Kennedy was an atheist, but I doubt if Pope Frank is. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I'm sure Obama is an atheist, I'm sure Kennedy was an atheist, but I doubt if Pope Frank is.


Quote: I am persuaded that 'child abuse' is no exaggeration when used to describe what teachers and priests are doing to children whom they encourage to believe in something like...eternal hell. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I am persuaded that 'child abuse' is no exaggeration when used to describe what teachers and priests are doing to children whom they encourage to believe in something like...eternal hell.


Quote: Mysteries do not lose their poetry when solved. Quite the contrary; the solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle and, in any case, when you have solved one mystery you uncover others, perhaps to inspire greater poetry. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Mysteries do not lose their poetry when solved. Quite the contrary; the solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle and, in any case, when you have solved one mystery you uncover others, perhaps to inspire greater poetry.


Quote: The fact that we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of something does not put existence and non-existence on an even footing. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The fact that we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of something does not put existence and non-existence on an even footing.


Quote: The habit of questioning authority is one of the most valuable gifts that a book, or a teacher, can give a young would-be scientist. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The habit of questioning authority is one of the most valuable gifts that a book, or a teacher, can give a young would-be scientist.


Quote: I am not an enthusiast for diversity of opinion where facts are concerned. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I am not an enthusiast for diversity of opinion where facts are concerned.


Quote: Ideally, I'd like everybody to be secular. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Ideally, I'd like everybody to be secular.


Quote: The best scientists can do is fail to disprove things while pointing to how hard they tried. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The best scientists can do is fail to disprove things while pointing to how hard they tried.


Quote: Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops.


Quote: Religion is the root of quite a lot of evil. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Religion is the root of quite a lot of evil.


Quote: Our subjective judgment of what seems like a good bet is irrelevant to what is actually a good bet. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Our subjective judgment of what seems like a good bet is irrelevant to what is actually a good bet.


Quote: There is no reason to regard God as immune from consideration along the spectrum of probabilities. And there is certainly no reason to suppose that, just because God can be neither proved nor disproved, his probability of existence is 50 per cent. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is no reason to regard God as immune from consideration along the spectrum of probabilities. And there is certainly no reason to suppose that, just because God can be neither proved nor disproved, his probability of existence is 50 per cent.


Quote: Human suffering has been caused because too many of us cannot grasp that words are only tools for our use.

The mere presence in the dictionary of a word like 'living' does not mean it necessarily has to refer to something definite in the real world. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Human suffering has been caused because too many of us cannot grasp that words are only tools for our use.

The mere presence in the dictionary of a word like 'living' does not mean it necessarily has to refer to something definite in the real world.


Quote: Germ-line replicators, then, are units that actually survive or fail to survive, the difference constituting natural selection. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Germ-line replicators, then, are units that actually survive or fail to survive, the difference constituting natural selection.


Quote: Race does not come into it. It is pure religion and culture. Something about the cultural tradition of Jews is way, way more sympathetic to science and learning and intellectual pursuits than Islam. That would have been a fair comparison. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Race does not come into it. It is pure religion and culture. Something about the cultural tradition of Jews is way, way more sympathetic to science and learning and intellectual pursuits than Islam. That would have been a fair comparison.


Quote: Suffering is a byproduct of evolution by natural selection, an inevitable consequence that may worry us in our more sympathetic moments but cannot be expected to worry a tiger -- even if a tiger can be said to worry about anything at all -- and certainly cannot be expected to worry its genes. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of Richard Dawkins quote: Suffering is a byproduct of evolution by natural selection, an inevitable consequence that may worry us in our more sympathetic moments but cannot be expected to worry a tiger -- even if a tiger can be said to worry about anything at all -- and certainly cannot be expected to worry its genes.- black text on quotes background

Suffering is a byproduct of evolution by natural selection, an inevitable consequence that may worry us in our more sympathetic moments but cannot be expected to worry a tiger -- even if a tiger can be said to worry about anything at all -- and certainly cannot be expected to worry its genes.


Quote: The idea of tiny changes cumulated over many steps is an immensely powerful idea, capable of explaining an enormous range of things that would be otherwise inexplicable. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The idea of tiny changes cumulated over many steps is an immensely powerful idea, capable of explaining an enormous range of things that would be otherwise inexplicable.


Quote: There is a tendency for people to say evolution is only a theory. That is inappropriate. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is a tendency for people to say evolution is only a theory. That is inappropriate.


Quote: Some people find clarity threatening. They like muddle, confusion, obscurity. So when somebody does no more than speak clearly it sounds threatening. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Some people find clarity threatening. They like muddle, confusion, obscurity. So when somebody does no more than speak clearly it sounds threatening.




Quote: It is the effects on the world of successful active germ-line replicators that we see as adaptations. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It is the effects on the world of successful active germ-line replicators that we see as adaptations.


Quote: There is a hierarchy of entities embedded in larger entities, and in theory the concept of vehicle might be applied to any level of the hierarchy. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is a hierarchy of entities embedded in larger entities, and in theory the concept of vehicle might be applied to any level of the hierarchy.




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