Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 239 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 6 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

A Letter from Michael Shermer to KPFA
Jul 24, 2017 · 9 

To: Quincy McCoy, KPFA General Manager, and Laura Prives, KPFA Program Director Dear Quincy and Laura, I am writing to protest the cancellation of the Richard Dawkins event. According to your notification statement “KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech” or “abusive speech” that Dawkins allegedly expressed in his twitter account and other sources. I have known Richard for a …

And They Shall Enter Singing the Songs of Mumford and Sons
Apr 25, 2017

And They Shall Enter Singing the Songs of Mumford and Sons an excerpt from Annabelle Gurwitch’s new book on families of all kinds Wherever You Go, There They Are. _______________ When you let it slip that you’re not a believer, well-meaning friends will say things like, “I can prove there is a god.” Recently, the …

A Preacher Boy
Apr 6, 2017 · 25 

by Richard Dawkins Can you imagine what it might be like to be homeschooled by fundamentalist parents and then sent to Liberty “University” to round off your education? Can you imagine living in a world where the only argument you ever hear in favour of, or against, a point of view, is a bible quotation? …

A Letter to Richard from Korea
Feb 17, 2017 · 7 

This lovely letter is an example of the kind of thing that makes it all worthwhile. It must have been among those handed to me at one of my book signings in Korea, and I have only just found it while unpacking. It is unsigned so I can’t thank the author personally, although I would …

We Must Trust Science or Die Like E.T.
Dec 19, 2016 · 15 

In June 2016, astrophysicist Adam Frank wrote in the New York Times, “Yes, There Have Been Aliens.” His story follows the discoveries of one frontier of astronomy, exoplanet research, which seeks to find and describe planets around stars other than our sun.    His conclusion? While we see no evidence for intelligent life anywhere, it’s …

The 11-year-old who gives Richard Dawkins hope
Nov 29, 2016 · 24 

Richard Dawkins and Sidney Johnson, age 11, together recently in Indianapolis. Sidney has read The Greatest Show on Earth and is halfway through The Ancestor’s Tale (2nd Edition). Richard says, “This young American reader, who also asked one of the most intelligent questions after my talk, gives me hope for the future. A Letter from …

Inexplicable miracle, personally witnessed by Richard Dawkins
Nov 8, 2016 · 16 

by Richard Dawkins

Ban the voice-over
Aug 18, 2016 · 42 

By Richard Dawkins Author’s note: An abbreviated version of this article was published in Prospect, Aug. 2016. A legend of uncertain provenance has it that Winston Churchill, addressing a French audience about lessons learned from looking back on his own past, inadvertently raised a laugh: ‘Quand je regarde mon derrière, je vois qu’il est divisé en …