Coming Out Against Religious Mania
Aug 4, 2005

by Richard Dawkins Congratulations to Sam Harris on acharacteristically brilliant broadside. His book, The End of Faith is one of those books that deserves to replace the Gideon Bible in every hotel room in the land. Articles like Harris’s are valuable, not because they will change the minds of religious idiots like Bush or those who voted for him, …

The lava lizard’s tale
Mar 4, 2005

by Richard Dawkins A guide at the Natural History Museum stated confidently that a particular dinosaur was 70,000,008 years old. When asked how he could be so precise he replied, “Well it was 70 million when I started this job, and that was eight years ago.” The evident experience of Valentina Cruz, our wonderful Galápagos …

The turtle’s tale
Feb 25, 2005

by Richard Dawkins Last week, “The giant tortoise’s tale” described ancestral tortoises floating inadvertently across from South America, colonising the Galápagos Islands by mistake, subsequently evolving local differences on each island and giant size on all of them. But why assume that the coloniser was a land tortoise? Wouldn’t it be simpler to guess that …

The giant tortoise’s tale
Feb 18, 2005

by Richard Dawkins I am writing this on a boat (called the Beagle, as it happens) in the Galápagos archipelago, whose most famous inhabitants are the eponymous (in Spanish) giant tortoises, and whose most famous visitor is that giant of the mind, Charles Darwin. In his account of the voyage of the original Beagle, written …

Hall of Mirrors
Oct 2, 2000

by Richard Dawkins A little learning is a dangerous thing. This has never struck me as a particularly profound or wise remark, but it comes into its own when that little learning is in philosophy. A scientist who has the temerity to utter the t-word–true–is likely to encounter philosophical heckling that goes something like this: “There is …

Snake Oil and Holy Water
Oct 4, 1999 · 1 

by Richard Dawkins Are science and religion converging? No. There are modern scientists whose words sound religious but whose beliefs, on close examination, turn out to be identical to those of other scientists who call themselves atheists. Ursula Goodenough’s lyrical book, The Sacred Depths of Nature, is sold as a religious book, is endorsed by theologians …

God’s Utility Function
Nov 1, 1995

by Richard Dawkins In his many books on evolution and natural selection, Richard Dawkins examines the topics not from the perspective of individual organisms (as Charles Darwin did) but instead from what he has termed the gene’s-eye view. The genes in living creatures today are, he claims, the selfish ones that ensured their own survival by enabling their hosts what …

The Evolved Imagination: Animals as models of their world
Sep 1, 1995

by Richard Dawkins In the pioneering days of radio, my grandfather’s job was to lecture to young engineers who were joining Marconi’s company. To illustrate that any complex wave form can be broken down into summed simple waves of different frequencies (important in both radio and acoustics), he took wheels of different diameters and attached …

Gaps in the Mind
Jan 1, 1993

by Richard Dawkins In PAOLA CAVALIERI & PETER SINGER (eds.), The Great Ape ProjectNew York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1993, pp. 81-87 Sir, You appeal for money to save the gorillas. Very laudable, no doubt. But it doesn’t seem to have occurred to you that there are thousands of humanchildren suffering on the very same continent of Africa. …