RICHARD DAWKINS’ first book, The Selfish Gene, caused a seismic shift in the study of biology by proffering the gene-centered view of evolution. It was also in this book that Dawkins coined the term meme, a unit of cultural evolution, which has itself become a mainstay in contemporary culture. In An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, peppered with sketches of his colorful ancestors, charming parents, and the peculiarities of colonial life right after World War II. At boarding school, despite a near-religious encounter with an Elvis record, he began his career as a skeptic by refusing to kneel for prayer in chapel. Despite some inspired teaching throughout primary and secondary school, it was only when he got to Oxford that his intellectual curiosity took full flight, ultimately climaxing in the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, which made Dawkins a world famous public intellectual engaged in social activism.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

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THE UNBELIEVERS follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world—encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues. The film includes interviews with celebrities and other influential people who support the work of these controversial speakers, including: Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Cameron Diaz, Stephen Hawking, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Werner Herzog, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Tim Minchin, Eddie Izzard, Ian McEwan, Adam Savage, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Penn Jillette, Sam Harris, Dan Dennett, James Randi, Cormac McCarthy, Paul Provenza, James Morrison, Michael Shermer, David Silverman…and more.

Physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss will be present to introduce the film and take questions after, along with the producers and directors of the film. Dr. Krauss will also sign books following the Q&A, including his bestselling A Universe From Nothing.

The Unbelievers will have a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles, at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills November 29–December 5. Check local listings or www.unbelieversmovie.com for show times and additional screening information. After you see the film in our auditorium we urge you to consider attending a showing there and to bring a friend. Attendance at these showings will help determine how widely the film will be shown in theaters throughout the country.

A book signing will follow the lecture.