Clinton Richard Dawkins FRS FRSL (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 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, published in 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. Dawkins is a noted atheist, and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In his most popular book, The God Delusion, pub... More
Richard Dawkins Quotes
Richard Dawkins #Funny
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
Richard Dawkins #Car #Design
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.
Richard Dawkins #Age
Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence.
Richard Dawkins #Computers
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
Richard Dawkins #Nature
Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.
Richard Dawkins #God
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins #Age
I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13.
Richard Dawkins #History #Society
I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history.
Richard Dawkins #Peace
Nothing is wrong with peace and love. It is all the more regrettable that so many of Christ's followers seem to disagree.
Richard Dawkins #Technology
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.
Richard Dawkins #Experience #History #Science
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.
Richard Dawkins #Design #Good
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
Richard Dawkins #Education
Segregation has no place in the education system.
Richard Dawkins #Faith
The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
Richard Dawkins #Faith
At least the fundamentalists haven't tried to dilute their message. Their faith is exposed for what it is for all to see.
Richard Dawkins #Future
Evolution never looks to the future.
Richard Dawkins #God #Religion
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.
Richard Dawkins #God #Power
God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
Richard Dawkins #Poetry #Romantic
I love romantic poetry.
Richard Dawkins #Power #Religion #Time #Truth
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
Richard Dawkins #Religion
It would be intolerant if I advocated the banning of religion, but of course I never have.
Richard Dawkins #Science #Truth
The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science, especially in the schools of America.
Richard Dawkins #Christmas
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.
Richard Dawkins #Beauty #Great
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.
Richard Dawkins #Faith #Great
Faith 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.