Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941), known as Richard Dawkins, is a British 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 came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology an influential concept, presented in his book The Extended Phenotype, that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the bodies of other organisms. Dawkins is an atheist and humanist, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association and supporter of the Brights movement. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, he argued against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he described evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker. He has since written several popular science books, and makes regular television and radio appearances, predominantly discussing these topics. He has been referred to in the media as "Darwin's Rottweiler," a reference to English biologist T. H. Huxley, who was known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's evolutionary ideas. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion—a fixed false belief. As of January 2010, the English-language version had sold more than two million copies and had been translated into 31 languages, making it his most popular book to date.
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    Nairobi, Kenya Colony
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    3/26/1941
The Enemies of Reason
The Enemies of Reason
7.4
Atheist Alliance International Convention 2007
0
The God Who Wasn't There
The God Who Wasn't There
6
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
3.7
Root of All Evil?
Root of All Evil?
7.3
Sex, Drugs & Religion
6.8
Dawkins vs Lennox: Has Science Buried God?
Dawkins vs Lennox: Has Science Buried God?
4.5
The Blind Watchmaker
The Blind Watchmaker
5.5
The Genius of Charles Darwin
The Genius of Charles Darwin
7.2
A Universe from Nothing
2.8
Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen
Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen
8.7
The Unbelievers
The Unbelievers
6.4
The Reality of Me
The Reality of Me
7.2
Speciesism: The Movie
Speciesism: The Movie
7.3
The God Delusion Debate
The God Delusion Debate
5.5
Something From Nothing: A Conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss
Something From Nothing: A Conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss
1
A War on Science
A War on Science
9
The Future Is Now!
10
Beware the Slenderman
Beware the Slenderman
6.5
Nightwish: Vehicle Of Spirit
Nightwish: Vehicle Of Spirit
9
Robin Ince: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
Robin Ince: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
0
Losing Our Religion
Losing Our Religion
0
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
6.2
Supersapiens: the Rise of the Mind
Supersapiens: the Rise of the Mind
0
Intersect
Intersect
5.4
The Mind's Big Bang
0
Faith School Menace?
Faith School Menace?
0
Science Friction
Science Friction
0
The Trouble with Atheism
The Trouble with Atheism
0
Breath of Life
Breath of Life
6.7
The Fool
The Fool
4.4
The Atheist Delusion
The Atheist Delusion
1.6
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