|Clinton Richard Dawkins
26.3.1941 Nairobi, Kenia; Zoologe, Evolutionsbiologe, Professor of Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford
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David Cowan: Introduction to the Menlo Park, CA event (Video)
|"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."
"Scientists divided over alliance with religion", 29.5. 2007 The Guardian
found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to
point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus,
Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the
Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one further" The
God Delusion, S. 53
"I believe not because of reading a holy book but because I have studied the evidence"
The God Delusion, S. 282
"If children were taught to question and think through their beliefs, instead of being taught the superior virtue of faith without question, it is a good bet there would be no suicide bombers"
The God Delusion, S. 308
|"No doubt soaring cathedrals,
stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit. But by far the
most important variable determining your religion is the accident of
birth." The God Delusion
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." The
|Doug: "... One of the
misconceptions about evolution, that I know was a big point of Stephen
Jay Gould's, was the concept of progress, and whether there is any such
thing as progress. You make a good point in here that to an extent of
course there is progress, it just isn't necessarily directed. We used
to have just one-celled things, and then there were invertebrates, and
Dawkins: "... The sense of progress that Gould objected to, I would of course agree; the idea that evolution was directed towards humans."
Doug Brown, Powells.com: "Richard Dawkins: The Biologist's Tale", 18.10. 2004
see how the title The Selfish Gene could be
misunderstood, especially by those philosophers, not here present, who
prefer to read a book by title only, omitting the rather extensive
footnote which is the book itself." Richard Dawkins at Edge
|"One of Richard's achievements
has been to extend an enjoyment of science to layman like myself.
Permission has been granted, no apologies necessary." ...
"None of us, I think, in the mid-'70s, when The Selfish Gene was published, would have thought we'd be devoting so much mental space now to confront religion. We thought that matter had long been closed."
Ian McEwan: "Science writing: Towards a literary tradition?" über Richard Dawkins
extremely close cousins of other species. And yet we have grown light
years away from them."
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, S. xi; Rezension.
|"And God said: »Let there be
Dawkins,«" and there was Dawkins. And Dawkins was clever, angry,
charming, petulant, eloquent, arrogant and cold of eye. And God looked
at Dawkins, and saw that he was good; well, pretty good. And damned
irritating as well."
Ron Ferguson: "What a lazy way to argue against God", The Herald, 19.1.2006
that religion is a dangerous thing, because it teaches people that
faith as opposed to evidence is a justifiable reason for believing
something. And if you believe that it's a right to thing to say that
something is true just because you believe it rather than because
you've seen some evidence than that is a recipe for conflict and
perhaps even murder. Because we've seen all over the world that people
are prepared to kill for the sake of deeply held beliefs which are not
substantiated by evidence."
Richard Dawkins 12.1.2006, Broadcast on Five Live: The eminent evolutionist talks to Simon Mayo about religion, faith and the damage he believes they cause in the world. Talk online
most they will claim is that there is no evidence against, which is
pathetically weak. There is no evidence against all sorts of things,
but we don't waste our time believing in them."
In: Cornelia Dean: "Scientists Confront Taboo of Mixing Science and God", The New York Times, Beilage der SZ, 29.8.2005, S. 4