Richard Dawkins: Life is astonishing
By AMANDA FISCHER - THE DOMINION POST
Added: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:00:00 UTC
"The fact of your own existence is the most astonishing fact you'll ever have to confront, don't dare ever see your life as boring, monotonous or joyless."
So went the opening instructions from revolutionary British evolutionist Richard Dawkins at his talk last night at the Michael Fowler Centre. From there, he proceeded to the predictability of evolution, the unpredictability of the inception of life, the importance of enzymes, and the possibility of life on other planets, in between jibes at the religious bloc.
He began by outlining the inevitability of evolution, saying "nothing could be further from the truth" than that evolution was mere chance, given the specific conditions on the Earth.
"If we were not here as a species ... then something else [similar] would be. There's a predicability in evolution which is very different from ... random luck."
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