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Translating the British

Richard Dawkins - 11 August 2012 46 Comments

I confess I've been one of those cynics who, in 2012, decided I was SOOO not going to the Olympics, and I've always doubted the rather odd role of "Poet Laureate". But today I just began to get the...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, RICHARD DAWKINS

Celebrating Curiosity on Twitter

Richard Dawkins - 06 August 2012 69 Comments

As a Chinese sage might say, "In my country it is well known that one man can run faster than another." This morning I searched my newspaper (The Guardian) in vain for any mention, however slight,...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Against All Gods

Richard Dawkins - 26 July 2012 122 Comments

I whiled away a pleasant hour or so on the plane to Tokyo, reading A C Grayling's excellent little book, Against All Gods. Strongly recommended. Here's a sample paragraph, which might repay...

TAGGED: BOOKS, CREATIONISM, IRRATIONALITY

Scapegoat for Catholic evils?

Richard Dawkins - 25 July 2012 35 Comments

Reuters report that a Philadelphia monsignor has been sentenced to six years for covering up paedophile activity among Catholic priests. He did not molest children himself, but covered up the...

TAGGED: ABUSE, CHILDREN, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Anti-Dawkins legislation

Richard Dawkins - 20 July 2012 26 Comments

This is not all that different from what really did happen in Oklahoma in 2009 . It becomes harder and harder to distinguish satire from reality. If the story about Mississippi had not been headed...

TAGGED: LAW, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Oxford Gift for Poor Students

Richard Dawkins - 12 July 2012 41 Comments

Its almost unique tutorial system makes Oxford arguably the best educational experience in the world. I was privileged to benefit from it – insofar as I had a making, Oxford was the making of me –...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, GENERAL INTEREST

Three Developments in British Education

Richard Dawkins - 11 June 2012 278 Comments

On 10th January, the Government stopped the so-called Free Schools from teaching creationism as science. But on 16th January they failed to make the same change for Academies . This is odd,...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, EVOLUTION, SCIENCE

Sarah Outen in a typhoon

Richard Dawkins - 08 June 2012 42 Comments

Old hands on this site may remember the intrepid Sarah Outen, who wrote me a lovely email in 2009 from the boat on which she was rowing solo across the Indian Ocean. She told me she was whiling...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, GENERAL INTEREST, RICHARD DAWKINS

The "So" meme

Richard Dawkins - 03 March 2012 153 Comments

I'm always interested in tracing the early history and subsequent rise of new memes, and I think the "So" meme might be worth following, as a quantifiable research project. The "basically" (meaning...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, GENERAL INTEREST

Freedom of speech for street preachers

Richard Dawkins - 10 February 2012 218 Comments

A Christian street preacher is on trial for verbally abusing a gay couple in Taunton high street. He is accused of telling them they would burn in hell, citing in his support 1 Corinthians: ...

TAGGED: FREE SPEECH

Letter from a Medical Doctor

Richard Dawkins - 31 January 2012 161 Comments

I have just received the following eMail (I have withheld the author's name for obvious reasons) Dear Mr. Richard Dawkins, I am an Indonesian medical doctor and I am interesting to learn...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, IRRATIONALITY

The Archbishop of Canterbury is a Welsh bard

Richard Dawkins - 01 January 2012 128 Comments

I love the comedy of our discussion thread on "Important Research into Sophisticated Theology" . Nevertheless, I have a serious suggestion which I should like to discuss, not least because I am...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, CRITICAL THINKING, RELIGION

Like a fish needs a bicycle

Richard Dawkins - 29 December 2011 36 Comments

I like the saying, "A man needs God like a fish needs a bicycle", which Desmond Morris just reminded me of. He and I would both like to trace its origin, which he believes to be a nineteenth century...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST

Horace Barlow: a conversation

Richard Dawkins - 27 December 2011 8 Comments

Horace Barlow is the youngest grandchild of Sir Horace Darwin, Charles Darwin’s youngest surviving child. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a distinguished member of the lineage of Cambridge...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Translations of my books

Richard Dawkins - 07 November 2011 137 Comments

After the German translation of The Selfish Gene was published, I received an enthusiastic letter from a lady in Germany, which said that the translation was so brilliant, it was as though the...

TAGGED: BOOKS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Thank God

Richard Dawkins - 12 September 2011 139 Comments

"The sole survivor of a plane crash in Bolivia stayed alive for nearly three days by eating insects, drinking his own urine and painting an arrow on the ground with his blood to show rescuers his...

TAGGED: RELIGION

UPDATE: Fashionable Nonsense?

Richard Dawkins - 16 June 2011 481 Comments

UPDATE: A Call to Action This thread on postmodern metabollocks has now gathered nearly 300 comments. There have been a few gallant attempts at apologia, and if you are convinced by them you will...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, PHILOSOPHY

Support what Ann McPherson stood for

Richard Dawkins - 31 May 2011 30 Comments

Dr Ann McPherson is dead. One of Oxford's most loved and England's most respected general practitioners, her tireless concern for the welfare of patients led to her campaign to change the law on...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW, MEDICINE, MORALITY

Religious discrimination?

Richard Dawkins - 24 May 2011 98 Comments

The Guardian has a headline today (24th May), 'Asians are 42 times more likely to be held under terror laws'. The article goes on to say, Despite official claims that profiling on the basis of...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, LAW

Existential anxiety

Richard Dawkins - 17 May 2011 195 Comments

Harper's Magazine (June 2011, last page), or so I have just been informed, reports that "Existential anxiety was found to make people dislike Richard Dawkins." Should I feel flattered, hurt, or...

TAGGED: HUMOR