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Dawkins says creationism largely a US problem

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blankRICHARD DAWKINS was preaching to the converted in Dublin yesterday evening. That is apart from one disgruntled audience member who walked out after shouting at the author and calling him a self-parody.

The 68-year-old evolutionary biologist received a very warm welcome on his arrival at the RDS Concert Hall for a public address.

The majority of the 600-strong audience at last night’s event were men. However, they spanned the age gap, from student-looking types in their 20s to men in business suits to grey-haired men with canes.

At the front, devotees intensely studied copies of Dawkins’s new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, which he described last night as his missing link. All of his other books assumed that evolution was a fact and this plugged the gap, he said.

He was speaking as part of a talk organised by The Irish Times and Hughes and Hughes.

Dawkins said that while creationism was still largely an American problem, we needed to take stock of what was going on in the United States.

On this side of the Atlantic, Dawkins said that an influx of a very large Muslim population was difficult for scientists because Muslims believe that every single word of the Koran is true.
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