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Quote: Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers. It's a sort of crime against childhood. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers. It's a sort of crime against childhood.


Quote: When the ancestors of the cheetah first began pursuing the ancestors of the gazelle, neither of them could run as fast as they can today. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

When the ancestors of the cheetah first began pursuing the ancestors of the gazelle, neither of them could run as fast as they can today.


Quote: I did not end up as broadly educated as my Cambridge colleagues, but I graduated probably better equipped to write a book on my chosen subject. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I did not end up as broadly educated as my Cambridge colleagues, but I graduated probably better equipped to write a book on my chosen subject.


Quote: I live in a post-Christian world in Oxford; it is quite rare to meet somebody who is religious in academic life now, and there is absolutely no tendency for rioting and mayhem, and it is extremely civilised. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I live in a post-Christian world in Oxford; it is quite rare to meet somebody who is religious in academic life now, and there is absolutely no tendency for rioting and mayhem, and it is extremely civilised.


Quote: I certainly would absolutely never do what some of my American colleagues do and object to religious symbols being used, putting crosses up in the public square and things like that. I don't fret about that at all; I'm quite happy about that. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I certainly would absolutely never do what some of my American colleagues do and object to religious symbols being used, putting crosses up in the public square and things like that. I don't fret about that at all; I'm quite happy about that.


Quote: I suppose I'm a cultural Anglican, and I see evensong in a country church through much the same eyes as I see a village cricket match on the village green. I have a certain love for it. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I suppose I'm a cultural Anglican, and I see evensong in a country church through much the same eyes as I see a village cricket match on the village green. I have a certain love for it.


Quote: We've all been brought up with the view that religion has some kind of special privileged status. You're not allowed to criticise it. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We've all been brought up with the view that religion has some kind of special privileged status. You're not allowed to criticise it.


Quote: People say I'm shrill and strident. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

People say I'm shrill and strident.


Quote: Something pretty mysterious had to give rise to the origin of the universe. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Something pretty mysterious had to give rise to the origin of the universe.


Quote: I have often said that I am a passionate Darwinian when it comes to explaining why we exist. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I have often said that I am a passionate Darwinian when it comes to explaining why we exist.


Quote: Evolution never looks to the future. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Evolution never looks to the future.


Quote: Scientists disagree among themselves but they never fight over their disagreements. They argue about evidence or go out and seek new evidence. Much the same is true of philosophers, historians and literary critics. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Scientists disagree among themselves but they never fight over their disagreements. They argue about evidence or go out and seek new evidence. Much the same is true of philosophers, historians and literary critics.


Quote: Science coverage could be improved by the recognition that science is timeless, and therefore science stories should not need to be pegged to an item in the news. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Science coverage could be improved by the recognition that science is timeless, and therefore science stories should not need to be pegged to an item in the news.


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

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.


Quote: It's very likely that most mammals have consciousness, and probably birds, too. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: My interest in biology was pretty much always on the philosophical side. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: At least the fundamentalists haven't tried to dilute their message. Their faith is exposed for what it is for all to see. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

At least the fundamentalists haven't tried to dilute their message. Their faith is exposed for what it is for all to see.


Quote: The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science, especially in the schools of America. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: I am one of those scientists who feels that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organised ignorance. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I am one of those scientists who feels that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organised ignorance.


Quote: I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: I'm a cultural Christian in the same way many of my friends call themselves cultural Jews or cultural Muslims. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


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

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.


Quote: Physicists are working on the Big Bang, and one day they may or may not solve it. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Physicists are working on the Big Bang, and one day they may or may not solve it.


Quote: It's an important point to realize that the genetic programming of our lives is not fully deterministic. It is statistical -- it is in any animal merely statistical -- not deterministic. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It's an important point to realize that the genetic programming of our lives is not fully deterministic. It is statistical -- it is in any animal merely statistical -- not deterministic.


Quote: My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: The universe doesn't owe us condolence or consolation; it doesn't owe us a nice warm feeling inside. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The universe doesn't owe us condolence or consolation; it doesn't owe us a nice warm feeling inside.


Quote: It would be intolerant if I advocated the banning of religion, but of course I never have. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

It would be intolerant if I advocated the banning of religion, but of course I never have.


Quote: We are a very, very unusual species. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We are a very, very unusual species.


Quote: At the deepest level, all living things that have ever been looked at have the same DNA code. And many of the same genes. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know, evolution is about as certain as anything we know. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know, evolution is about as certain as anything we know.


Quote: Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence.


Quote: I think looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes, whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's something for research. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I think looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes, whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's something for research.


Quote: I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales.


Quote: I do disapprove very strongly of labelling children, especially young children, as something like 'Catholic children' or 'Protestant children' or 'Islamic children.' by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I do disapprove very strongly of labelling children, especially young children, as something like 'Catholic children' or 'Protestant children' or 'Islamic children.'


Quote: I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: My decision to be a scientist was a bit of a drift really, more or less by default. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: I once wrote that anybody who believes the world is only 6,000 years old is either ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I once wrote that anybody who believes the world is only 6,000 years old is either ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked.


Quote: Sometimes I think it's possible to mistake desire for clarity and talking in a no-nonsense way for aggression. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Sometimes I think it's possible to mistake desire for clarity and talking in a no-nonsense way for aggression.


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

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.


Quote: Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.


Quote: Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.


Quote: A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.


Quote: What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all?


Quote: Islands are natural workshops of evolution. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Islands are natural workshops of evolution.


Quote: I think the world's always a better place if people are filled with understanding. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I think the world's always a better place if people are filled with understanding.


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

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.


Quote: But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience.


Quote: We should take astrology seriously. No, I don't mean we should believe in it. I am talking about fighting it seriously instead of humouring it as a piece of harmless fun. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We should take astrology seriously. No, I don't mean we should believe in it. I am talking about fighting it seriously instead of humouring it as a piece of harmless fun.


Quote: It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of Richard Dawkins quote; white text on black background

It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.


Quote: Why are we so obsessed with monogamous fidelity? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Why are we so obsessed with monogamous fidelity?


Quote: Einstein was adamant in rejecting all ideas of a personal god. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Einstein was adamant in rejecting all ideas of a personal god.


Quote: Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but they're not foolish enough to believe that it's because of faith that they get good exam results. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but they're not foolish enough to believe that it's because of faith that they get good exam results.


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

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.


Quote: Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?


Quote: How can you take seriously someone who likes to believe something because he finds it 'comforting'? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

How can you take seriously someone who likes to believe something because he finds it 'comforting'?


Quote: I accept that there may be things far grander and more incomprehensible than we can possibly imagine. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

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


Quote: Natural selection is anything but random. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Natural selection is anything but random.


Quote: Genome sequencing has changed taxonomy. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Genome sequencing has changed taxonomy.


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

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.


Quote: When I say that human beings are just gene machines, one shouldn't put too much emphasis on the word 'just.' There is a very great deal of complication, and indeed beauty in being a gene machine. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

When I say that human beings are just gene machines, one shouldn't put too much emphasis on the word 'just.' There is a very great deal of complication, and indeed beauty in being a gene machine.


Quote: I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will.


Quote: There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence. If a refutation ever were to come about, it would come from a scientist, and not an idiot. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence. If a refutation ever were to come about, it would come from a scientist, and not an idiot.


Quote: The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.


Quote: There are many very educated people who are religious, but they're not creationists. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

There are many very educated people who are religious, but they're not creationists.


Quote: The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle.


Quote: I didn't have a very starry school career, I was medium to above average, nothing special. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I didn't have a very starry school career, I was medium to above average, nothing special.


Quote: I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.


Quote: Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that.


Quote: Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness.


Quote: Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations.




Quote: Humans have a proven track record in taking over planes by the use of threats, which work because the legitimate pilots value their own lives and those of their passengers. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Humans have a proven track record in taking over planes by the use of threats, which work because the legitimate pilots value their own lives and those of their passengers.


Quote: We have a huge amount of DNA in common with jellyfish. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We have a huge amount of DNA in common with jellyfish.


Quote: To put it bluntly, American political opportunities are heavily loaded against those who are simultaneously intelligent and honest. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

To put it bluntly, American political opportunities are heavily loaded against those who are simultaneously intelligent and honest.




Quote: The very idea of supernatural magic -- including miracles -- is incoherent, devoid of sensible meaning. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The very idea of supernatural magic -- including miracles -- is incoherent, devoid of sensible meaning.




Quote: Far from being demeaning to human spiritual values, scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Far from being demeaning to human spiritual values, scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Far from being demeaning to human spiritual values, scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit. Of course you can use the products of science to do bad things, but you can use them to do good things too.


Quote: If we are too friendly to nice, decent bishops, we run the risk of buying into the fiction that there's something virtuous about believing things because of faith rather than because of evidence. We run the risk of betraying scientific enlightenment. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

If we are too friendly to nice, decent bishops, we run the risk of buying into the fiction that there's something virtuous about believing things because of faith rather than because of evidence. We run the risk of betraying scientific enlightenment.


Quote: If you look up at the Milky Way through the eyes of Carl Sagan, you get a feeling in your chest of something greater than yourself. And it is. But it's not supernatural. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

If you look up at the Milky Way through the eyes of Carl Sagan, you get a feeling in your chest of something greater than yourself. And it is. But it's not supernatural.


Quote: If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists.


Quote: Segregation has no place in the education system. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Segregation has no place in the education system.


Quote: Metaphors are fine if they aid understanding, but sometimes they get in the way. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Metaphors are fine if they aid understanding, but sometimes they get in the way.


Quote: Nothing is wrong with peace and love. It is all the more regrettable that so many of Christ's followers seem to disagree. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Nothing is wrong with peace and love. It is all the more regrettable that so many of Christ's followers seem to disagree.


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

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.


Quote: God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.


Quote: The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.


Quote: Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.


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

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.


Quote: I sympathize with politicians who have to watch every syllable they utter for fear it will be misused by somebody with an agenda. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I sympathize with politicians who have to watch every syllable they utter for fear it will be misused by somebody with an agenda.


Quote: Our animal origins are constantly lurking behind, even if they are filtered through complicated social evolution. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Our animal origins are constantly lurking behind, even if they are filtered through complicated social evolution.


Quote: I do understand people when they say that you destroy the magic of childhood if you encourage too much skeptical questioning. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I do understand people when they say that you destroy the magic of childhood if you encourage too much skeptical questioning.


Quote: I'm fascinated by the idea that genetics is digital. A gene is a long sequence of coded letters, like computer information. Modern biology is becoming very much a branch of information technology. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I'm fascinated by the idea that genetics is digital. A gene is a long sequence of coded letters, like computer information. Modern biology is becoming very much a branch of information technology.


Quote: The usefulness of science is sometimes exaggerated. You'd never talk about music being useful or art being useful. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

The usefulness of science is sometimes exaggerated. You'd never talk about music being useful or art being useful.


Quote: Bereavement is terrible, of course. And when somebody you love dies, it's a time for reflection, a time for memory, a time for regret. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Bereavement is terrible, of course. And when somebody you love dies, it's a time for reflection, a time for memory, a time for regret.




Quote: Science has taught us, against all intuition, that apparently solid things like crystals and rocks are really almost entirely composed of empty space. And the familiar illustration is the nucleus of an atom is a fly in the middle of a sports stadium, and the next atom is in the next sports stadium. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of Richard Dawkins quote: Science has taught us, against all intuition, that apparently solid things like crystals and rocks are really almost entirely composed of empty space. And the familiar illustration is the nucleus of an atom is a fly in the middle of a sports stadium, and the next atom is in the next sports stadium.- black text on quotes background

Science has taught us, against all intuition, that apparently solid things like crystals and rocks are really almost entirely composed of empty space. And the familiar illustration is the nucleus of an atom is a fly in the middle of a sports stadium, and the next atom is in the next sports stadium.


Quote: All the fossils that we have ever found have always been found in the appropriate place in the time sequence. There are no fossils in the wrong place. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

All the fossils that we have ever found have always been found in the appropriate place in the time sequence. There are no fossils in the wrong place.


Quote: I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I'm ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I'm ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education.


Quote: When you make machines that are capable of obeying instructions slavishly, and among those instructions are 'duplicate me' instructions, then of course the system is wide open to exploitation by parasites. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

When you make machines that are capable of obeying instructions slavishly, and among those instructions are 'duplicate me' instructions, then of course the system is wide open to exploitation by parasites.




Quote: Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.


Quote: We have to find our own purposes in life, which are not derived directly from our scientific history. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We have to find our own purposes in life, which are not derived directly from our scientific history.


Quote: Don't kid yourself that you're going to live again after you're dead; you're not. Make the most of the one life you've got. Live it to the full. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Don't kid yourself that you're going to live again after you're dead; you're not. Make the most of the one life you've got. Live it to the full.


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

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.


Quote: Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection.


Quote: From a Darwinian perspective, it is clear what pain is doing. It's a warning: 'Don't do that again.' If you burn yourself, you're never going to pick up a live coal again. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

From a Darwinian perspective, it is clear what pain is doing. It's a warning: 'Don't do that again.' If you burn yourself, you're never going to pick up a live coal again.


Quote: Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that.


Quote: We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can't disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can't disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


Quote: A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.


Quote: Religious fanatics want people to switch off their own minds, ignore the evidence, and blindly follow a holy book based upon private 'revelation'. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Religious fanatics want people to switch off their own minds, ignore the evidence, and blindly follow a holy book based upon private 'revelation'.


Quote: Even if you believe a creator god invented the laws of physics, would you so insult him as to suggest that he might capriciously and arbitrarily violate them in order to walk on water, or turn water into wine as a cheap party trick at a wedding? by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Even if you believe a creator god invented the laws of physics, would you so insult him as to suggest that he might capriciously and arbitrarily violate them in order to walk on water, or turn water into wine as a cheap party trick at a wedding?


Quote: By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out. -this quote is actually found in Carl Sagan's book The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, where he attributes it to engineer James Oberg, who says he stole it from someone else.


Quote: A good theory explains a lot but postulates little. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

A good theory explains a lot but postulates little.


Quote: What matters is not the facts but how you discover and think about them. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

What matters is not the facts but how you discover and think about them.




Quote: Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Dawkins with quote

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.


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