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Richard Dawkins Quotes About Evolution, Life, Religion, Creation, Science, Selfish Gene & God Delusion! Richard Dawkins is a well-known evolutionary scientist, author, and ethnologist from the United Kingdom. He has made a significant contribution to biology. He has made significant contributions to the world of biology. He was born on March 26, 1941, in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a clever and curious child who saw that the theory of evolution gave higher solutions to life’s mysteries than religion. Between 1954 through 1959, he attended Oundle School in Northampton shire.

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After that, he continued his education at Balliol College in Oxford, England, majoring in zoology and earning his degree there in 1962. While there, he worked as a research student under the tutelage of the renowned ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen and earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1966.

Until his resignation in 1969, he served as an assistant professor of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. His academic career started became a lecturer at the University of Oxford in 1970 . According to his 1976 book, “The Selfish Gene,” natural selection occurs at the genetic level rather than in species or individuals.

He started the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science in 2006, also called RDFRS. This is a non-profit group for science education that wants to pay for research on religion and beliefs, pay for scientific education programs and materials, and help secular charitable groups. He has won several accolades in academics, as well as for his prolific writing and thinking. As a public intellectual, he often talks about his atheism, ideas, thoughts, views, books, and opinions on TV, the Internet, and the radio.

Best Richard Dawkins Quotes

1. “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

2. “Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.”-Richard Dawkins

3. “Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.”-Richard Dawkins

4. “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.”-Richard Dawkins

5. “There’s real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.”-Richard Dawkins

6. “It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer.”-Richard Dawkins

7. ” It is an astounding fact that we, evolved beings, have brains in our heads which are capable of understanding why we’re here and where we come from and where the world comes from and where the world’s going.”-Richard Dawkins

8. “By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”-Richard Dawkins

9. “I don’t take back any of it which, in a way, is regrettable, because scientists rather pride themselves on changing their minds, unlike politicians, who are accused of flip-flopping.”-Richard Dawkins

10. “I don’t want to go out of my way to disillusion or disabuse somebody who is in despair. But I do value truth and I do think there is a great positive value, even maybe consolation, in the truth about the real world.”-Richard Dawkins

11. “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between. It is possible for one side simply to be wrong.”-Richard Dawkins

12. “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”-Richard Dawkins

13. “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.”-Richard Dawkins

14. “The take-home message is that we should blame religion itself, not religious extremism – as though that were some kind of terrible perversion of real, decent religion.”-Richard Dawkins

15. “Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colours.”-Richard Dawkins

16. “We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realize that we are apes.”-Richard Dawkins

17. “Indeed, organizing atheists has been compared to herding cats, because they tend to think independently and will not conform to authority.”-Richard Dawkins

18. “What worries me about religion is that it teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding the world they live in.”-Richard Dawkins

19. “If you don’t understand how something works, never mind: just give up and say God did it. You don’t know how the nerve impulse works? Good! You don’t understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent! Is photosynthesis a bafflingly complex process? Wonderful! Please don’t go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God.”-Richard Dawkins

20. “We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.”-Richard Dawkins

21. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.-Richard Dawkins

22. “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.”-Richard Dawkins

23. “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?”-Richard Dawkins

24. “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.”-Richard Dawkins

25. “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”-Richard Dawkins

26. “Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.”-Richard Dawkins

27. “Just because science can’t in practice explain things like the love that motivates a poet to write a sonnet, that doesn’t mean that religion can. It’s a simple and logical fallacy to say, ‘ If science can’t do something, therefore religion can’.”-Richard Dawkins

28. “Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”-Richard Dawkins

29. “Religion is not off the table. Religion is not off limits. Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated and need to be challenged and, if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt.”-Richard Dawkins

30. “I am often accused of expressing contempt and despising religious people. I don’t despise religious people, I despise what they stand for.”-Richard Dawkins

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