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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

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

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

[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

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

WALK DARWIN’S TREE OF LIFE ~ 25 - 26 AUGUST 2012

- - Ancestors Trail Walk - 19 August 2012 Comments

The Ancestor’s Trail is a walking event combining hill walking, science and music. We invite you to join us on this ‘biological pilgrimage’ celebrating our shared origins with all life on Earth....

TAGGED: DARWIN, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES

No Precedent? Then Set One!

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 17 August 2012 Comments

I can hardly bear to see poor Tony Nicklinson's face as he hears the news that he is not allowed to die. I am ashamed of my country and its laws. Here's part of The Independent's account ...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Magic at Every Age A review of Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.

Stacy L. Memering,Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford,Todd K. Shackelford - Evolutionary Psychology - 16 August 2012 Comments

What’s Out There Now There are nearly a dozen books published by Richard Dawkins on the shelves today,each built with passion, eloquence, and facts to expand your mind and instill a fresh respect...

TAGGED: BOOKS, REVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Refuting Richard: Dawkins Doesn’t “Get” God

Graham Veale - Saints & Sceptics? - 16 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins seems to concede that God could make sense of the universe (see his interview with Alister McGrath ). However, he does not believe that theism is a good explanation because “God is...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Why I won't take part in debate with fundamentalists

Richard Dawkins - for the Press and Journal - 14 August 2012 Comments

I was invited several months ago to speak at the Faclan Book Festival in Stornoway and I was delighted to accept, as I have a great affection for the Highlands and Islands but have never visited...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES

Graham Hancock questions Richard Dawkins on psychedelics and challenging his world view

Graham Hannock - daily grail - 13 August 2012 Comments

Professor Richard Dawkins is best-known as a vociferous critic of religion and a champion for the cause of science. So much so that he is often attacked for being dogmatic himself, in...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Is Richard Dawkins a bully?

Neil Ormerod - Religion and Ethics - 13 August 2012 Comments

In the preface to his best-selling book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins explains the fundamental reason for writing the book: "If this book works as I intend, the religious readers who open it...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

It's What Moral Philosophers Do

Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net - 08 August 2012 Comments

For a Polish translation see below Intellectuals must sometimes venture into realms of the counter-intuitive – and it may be unpopular. When I was debating Cardinal Archbishop Pell in Sydney, he...

TAGGED: MORALITY, PHILOSOPHY, RICHARD DAWKINS

Boycott call over Dawkins talk

Jane Candlish - The Press and Journal - 07 August 2012 Comments

People are being urged to boycott a talk by atheist Professor Richard Dawkins in the Western Isles heartland of the Free Church. The man whose best-selling book The God Delusion argues that belief...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RICHARD DAWKINS

The tragedy at the heart of New Atheism

Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith - CatholicHerald.co.uk - 03 August 2012 Comments

Belief in an ordered universe is hard to reconcile with a tragic view of life Richard Dawkins poses on a London bus displaying an atheist advertisement (PA) I remember sitting up and taking...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Richard Dawkins: an end to mythmaking?

Mark Vernon - The Guardian - 03 August 2012 Comments

So Paxman can dub myths 'hogwash', but not religion. Surely all myths do a similar job – it's just scientific ones don't last as long Richard Dawkins: 'is it not overly provocative to refer to...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Modern Last Words

Russell - ThePrivateEye - 02 August 2012 Comments

Via http://www.private-eye.co.uk/

TAGGED: HUMOR, RICHARD DAWKINS

Jeremy Paxman religious comments were offensive, rules BBC Trust

John Plunkett - The Guardian - 31 July 2012 Comments

BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman 'went too far' with comments about religion. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman went too far when he...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, INTERVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS

NSS Conference: Challenging Religious Privilege in Public Life

- - - - 30 July 2012 Comments

This year's National Secular Society annual conference, which is being co-sponsored by RDFRS UK, brings you seven of the biggest names in UK secularism: Richard Dawkins Secularist of the...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS, CONFERENCES, RICHARD DAWKINS

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Oliver Kamm - The Times - 21 July 2012 Comments

Few scientists manage to reach a huge popular audience. Even among them Richard Dawkins is distinctive for the clarity and elegance of his prose. The Magic of Reality , an introduction to science,...

TAGGED: BOOKS, REVIEWS, RICHARD DAWKINS