Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:49]
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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:54]
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:57]
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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:07]
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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:11]
God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:16]
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:24]
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?More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:29]
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:45]
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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:48]
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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:53]
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:56]
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:00]
The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:05]
The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:15]
There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:34]
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.More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:48]
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?More Richard Dawkins [07/14/2011 05:07:52]
Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Segregation has no place in the education system.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
At least the fundamentalists haven't tried to dilute their message. Their faith is exposed for what it is for all to see.More Richard Dawkins [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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