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Richard Dawkins

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Born Wednesday 26 March 1941

Professions: Author, Scientist

Nationality: English

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

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

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Evolution never looks to the future.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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Segregation has no place in the education system.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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