This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

ALL CONTENT ORIGINALS NEWS FEATURED AUDIO ARTICLES VIDEOS DISCUSSIONS

Filter by tag →





















































































Order: Last Created | Last Commented

James Shapiro goes after natural selection again (twice) on HuffPo

Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True - 22 August 2012 Comments

I hate to give attention to my Chicago colleague James Shapiro’s bizarre ideas about evolution, which he publishes weekly on HuffPo rather than in peer-reviewed journals. His Big Idea is that...

TAGGED: EDUCATION

Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the US?

- - BBC News - 22 August 2012 Comments

A new poll suggests that atheism is on the rise in the US, while those who consider themselves religious has dropped. What's the cause? Two writers debate. Thousands attended an atheism rally in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader

Robert F. Worth - New York Times - 22 August 2012 Comments

Late one night in early May 2011, a preacher named Jerry DeWitt was lying in bed in DeRidder, La., when his phone rang. He picked it up and heard an anguished, familiar voice. It was Natosha...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Does this set a record for smug nastiness?

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 22 August 2012 Comments

Tony Nicklinson died today. His appalling suffering is now at an end, no thanks whatsoever to our judges or our parliament. Obviously all decent people will feel glad for him, but I would add sorry...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Missionaries of Hate

- - Top Documentary Films - 22 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike for the link Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to...

TAGGED: HARM, HATE, IRRATIONALITY

Bonobo makes stone tools like early humans did

Hannah Krakauer - New Scientist - 21 August 2012 Comments

Kanzi the bonobo continues to impress. Not content with learning sign language or making up "words" for things like banana or juice, he now seems capable of making stone tools on a par with the...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Planet of the apes

Stephen Cave - Financial Times - 21 August 2012 Comments

What we really know about our evolutionary past – and what we don’t E volving: The Human Effect and Why it Matters , by Daniel J Fairbanks, Prometheus Books, RRP£16.99/$19, 352 pages ...

TAGGED: BOOKS, EVOLUTION, REVIEWS

Scientists Discover Previously Unknown Cleansing System in Brain

- - URMC - 21 August 2012 Comments

An artery in the brain of a mouse. The green shows cerebrospinal fluid in a channel along the outside of the artery. A previously unrecognized system that drains waste from the brain at a rapid...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY

Oklahoma high school valedictorian denied diploma for using 'hell' in speech

NBC Staff - NBCNews.com - 21 August 2012 Comments

PRAGUE, Okla. – An Oklahoma high school valedictorian who was denied her diploma because she used the world “hell” in her commencement speech doesn’t plan to apologize for her choice of words,...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, EDUCATION

Blasphemy Laws Exposed: The Consequences of Criminalizing “Defamation of Religions”

- - human rights first - 20 August 2012 Comments

FOR OVER A DECADE, efforts have been made in several venues at the United Nations to promote the concept that States have an obligation to adopt and enforce laws against the “defamation of...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Playboy Interview with Richard Dawkins

Chip Rowe - Playboy - 20 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins, the patron saint of nonbelievers, caused a stir earlier this year during a debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who noted that his opponent is often described as the world’s...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, INTERVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

eBay Bans Magic Potions, Curses, Spells

Lyneka Little - ABC News - 20 August 2012 Comments

Looking a for a spell that will make your partner lust for you and only you? Or a black magic revenge incantation to curse your enemy? Or maybe a good old-fashioned $51 demon-obliterating potion...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Rep. Todd Akin is wrong about rape and pregnancy, but he’s not alone

Sarah Kliff - The Washington Post - 20 August 2012 Comments

Rep. Todd Akin (Jeff Roberson | AP) Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican Senate nominee, caused a public outcry Sunday when he told a local television station that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to...

TAGGED: POLITICS

Update - Too crazy even for the evangelical right - Barton’s Fall From Grace - The Most Influential Evangelist You've Never Heard Of

Ed Kilgore - Political Animal - 20 August 2012 Comments

Barton’s Fall From Grace Political Animal Ed Kilgore Back in June I wrote about a new book by two conservative evangelical writers who took great issue with the take on Thomas Jefferson’s...

TAGGED: RELIGION

Richard Dawkins gets it right. Sarah Wollaston misunderstands.

Eric MacDonald - Choice in Dying - 20 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins has put up a new essay on assisted dying over at richarddawkins.net , in response to the High Court’s decision in the case of Tony Nicklinson and someone named simply AM, who is...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Nasa's Curiosity rover zaps Mars rock

Jonathan Amos - BBC News - 20 August 2012 Comments

(A) Curiosity will trundle around its landing site looking for interesting rock features to study. Its top speed is about 4cm/s (B) This mission has 17 cameras. They will identify particular...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

[update to a previous article] Richard Dawkins: received in the Holy Land, reviled in the Highlands

Hamish MacDonnell - The Independent - 20 August 2012 Comments

Hardline Presbyterians furious at celebrity atheist's invitation to Hebridean book festival Prof Dawkins was asked because organisers felt his views should be given a platform within the...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Pakistani girl accused of Qur'an burning could face death penalty

Jon Boone - The Guardian - 19 August 2012 Comments

Tensions rise between Muslim and Christian communities amid claims that 11-year-old desecrated text A Christian neighborhood in Islamabad. Around 900 Christians living on the city's outskirts...

TAGGED: HATE, ISLAM

Analysis: Why it’s irrational to risk women’s lives for the sake of the unborn

Peter Singer - The Scotsman - 19 August 2012 Comments

Abortion is a much-discussed issue in developed countries, but not so in countries like the Dominican Republic IN THE Dominican Republic last month, a pregnant teenager suffering from leukaemia...

TAGGED: HARM, MEDICINE, POLITICS

Rats Manipulated to be Attracted to Cats

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 19 August 2012 Comments

I devoted a whole chapter of The Extended Phenotype to parasites manipulating their hosts to assist the parasites into the next stage of their life cycle. There's a large literature on this, which...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, RICHARD DAWKINS