Richard Dawkins Quotes
'What is the purpose of the universe?' is a silly question.
A constellation is not an entity at all, not the kind of thing that Uranus, or anything else, can sensibly be said to 'move into.'
A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.
A good scientific theory is one which is falsifiable, which has not been falsified.
A good theory explains a lot but postulates little.
A guided missile corrects its trajectory as it flies, homing in, say, on the heat of a jet plane's exhaust. A great improvement on a simple ballistic shell, it still cannot discriminate particular targets. It could not zero in on a designated New York skyscraper if launched from as far away as Boston.
A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian.
A triumph of consciousness-raising has been the homosexual hijacking of the word 'gay.'
A universe with a creator would be a totally different kind of universe, scientifically speaking, than one without.
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.
All the fossils that we have ever found have always been found in the appropriate place in the time sequence. There are no fossils in the wrong place.
All the great religions have a place for awe, for ecstatic transport at the wonder and beauty of creation.
Although many of us fear death, I think there is something illogical about it.
An Internet meme is a hijacking of the original idea. Instead of mutating by random change and spreading by a form of Darwinian selection, Internet memes are altered deliberately by human creativity. There is no attempt at accuracy of copying, as with genes - and as with memes in their original version.
Any teaching of falsehoods in science classes should certainly be identified and stopped by school inspectors. School inspectors should be looking at science teachings to make sure they are evidence-based science.
Anybody who has something sensible or worthwhile to say should be able to say it calmly and soberly, relying on the words themselves to convey his meaning, without resorting to yelling.
As a liberal, I would hesitate to propose a blanket ban on any style of dress because of the implications for individual liberty and freedom of choice.
As Darwin himself was at pains to point out, natural selection is all about differential survival within species, not between them.
Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingles.
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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March 26, 1941
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