• Dan Dredger wrote a new post, An April 4th Update from Richard 4 years, 4 months ago

    First, thank you for the (c 1300) lovely birthday wishes that you have sent in to

    Also for the (c 500) good wishes for my recovery at […]

    • Well, I wasn’t one of the multitude of well-wishers who documented themselves, but I was one of them in spirit. I looked at hundreds of posts and realized there was nothing I could add of a text nature, but I still could shake a crystal and chant. 😉

      Seriously, it’s great to hear about your progress. And your shameless plug ^^ confirms it nicely. The “Book Collector” software sounds very useful. I’ve been using something called “PAPERS” to help me keep track of literature in my field (endodontics), which is a harder and harder task as I get older and the literature gets more abundant.

      Best Regards from the Windy City!


    • I’m glad you are feeling better and planning a new book, but I do have mixed feelings about you using Bookcollector to catalogue your library: I had exactly the same problem and arrived to exactly the same solution and also felt hyper excited at the prospect of having all my books properly catalogued… At first everything went well but soon I found that some books had to be entered manually (mainly because they were too old or somehow out of the system)… I tried to convince myself it was just a minor setback… It was not. I hope it is for you!

    • Great news you’re on the mend. Great shame you won’t be at Reason Rally. Could you deliver your address via Skype?

    • It is really good to hear that you are so good. As a fellow Brit I agree with you on the NHS. It is great!
      I look forward to yet another book and for further books in the future. Let’s hope they can get the blood pressure under better control. Those apps sound interesting. I can see the Barry app being very useful indeed for me.

    • Glad to hear of your progress & recovery, sir!

      Controversy????…….that NEVER happens does it?…..haha!

    • my alarmingly large collection of books.

      Oh dear 🙁 this sounds familiar in a bad way. I entertain fearful thoughts of my creaking old bookshelves giving way some day and that the offspring will find me crushed to death under a veritable mountain of my well loved books. I will look into the organizational software, especially since I went hunting for my old Ethics textbook yesterday and couldn’t find it! Grrrr.

      Still, death by book avalanche…what a way to go. 🙂 I’m feeling better about things already.

    • With Gillian Somerscales I have begun planning my next book (a collection of essays like A Devil’s Chaplain).

      Great news, I really enjoyed A Devil’s Chaplain. It’s one to easily dip into. It was the first time I had heard Douglas Adams’ Puddle set piece. Did you know the speech at Cambridge that you mentioned is on YouTube?

      Douglas Adams – Is there an Artificial God?

    • I’m so glad to hear that you’re getting better. I hope you will be able to travel again soon!

    • Consummate professor as ever – I just happened upon this app the other day as I was looking to do the same. Agreed – it’s a splendid program, worth every cent! I also use the “Papers” program (version 2) for the thousands of journal articles/literature I have, and it has served as an excellent organizational device.

      Cheered to hear that you are recovering as expected, and that you’ve had such great support from the NHS. Continuing to send hugs your way. <3 TLO

    • @LaurieB

      I use door stops under some of my creaky bookshelves, especially the tall ones. My fear is not so much for myself being crushed but for my little dog being under a book avalanche.

      Prof. Dawkins has a good idea about book cataloging. I have enough books now that duplication can be a problem for my failing memory.

    • @Neodarwinian

      duplication can be a problem for my failing memory.

      I won’t be surprised to find a duplicate or two on my shelves but what really sends me into a foot stamping fury is when I go to the shelves to find a book that contains within it a few lines that I need and due to my books being stacked pell mell in the shelves, the book is hidden.

      What I really need is an index by topic, chapter and line for each book, paper, and article. This is really not going to happen.

      I once went on a day long tour of houses that have personal libraries built in them. It was wonderful to see how the bibliophiles organize their collections. The most outstanding personal library that day was in the home of author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her house is a rambling old New England farmhouse and the whole first floor is one massive library. It is organized superbly with each room having a subject unto itself. I was flabbergasted to see it! Now that’s my idea of heaven.

      By the way, every time Richard posts a picture of himself in what I assume to be his home, I try to get a look at the books on his shelves behind him. So nosy of me and I do feel ashamed, but it’s part and parcel of being a bibliophile, if I may be permitted this excuse. I’d like to spend a rainy Sunday foraging through those books with a little wine and cheese on the side. I think I remember him saying that he owns a first edition of The Origin of Species. May I hold it (with gloves)? I would like to open it and jam my nose into the binding…inhaling deeply…

      Ok, so there must be a self-help group for this somewhere. :’-(

    • Glad for reading you! What a great news, a new book. Do all necessary for your full recovery. Best wishes from South America

    • Good luck with the work. That is certainly a monumental task. I hope you will never finish it, due to speedy recovery.

      I have never finished the task myself because I took another route. Except for one archive box with books I cannot and/or don’t want to scan yet, I have scanned all my books and done away with them. They are now all sitting in/on two dedicated hard disks, and I use dtSearch to find them.

      This method is not too good for people who love books, but it is great for people who love the information in those books.

      Success with the endeavour, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

    • SO glad your recovery is progressing and you are “alive and well” and have the will to work. Your description of your state and phases is so real and accurate. I can identify with each and every step of the way having been through brain surgery. One gets so aware of the workings of the primitive, autonomous parts of our brain.
      Is it possible that later, when you have the strength and inclination that we can share a few thoughts on what I term the “Selfish Ovum”? A realization I would like to discuss with someone opinionated.
      Servaas de Kock

    • Get well and – please – get writing 🙂 I have no doubt I’ll add your new book to my library.

    • Great to see you on the mend, Richard. Although I’m a bit worried about you, controversy and keeping away from those nasty things :-). I doubt that’s ever going to happen, and glad for that too – as we need more people like yourself who are doing the good fight so too speak. Hope to see you in the near future down in Oz.

    • Great news Richard…you are back on the bike (literally & figuratively). Your humor, insight and mind are loved & appreciated…and needed in our world. A fine restorative is a good quality Australian red wine. Raising a glass to you now. Respect!

    • Brilliant to read about your good progress Richard. Even now you continue to inspire! I wouldn’t mind doing the same to my own library…and also my sheet music collection if possible. I finished reading Unweaving the Rainbow s few weeks ago but it’s still on my mind, especially your explanation of probability. Such an eye opener and so good to be aware of it now. Looking forward to reading another of your books so time for a good browse! Keep busy…ish but take it easy!

    • It’s great to hear that you’re recovering, Professor.

      I like reading books, and I would really like to see your book catalog once you’re done. Do the apps that you mentioned allow sharing your collection to the public?

    • That’s all very well, but does it count chicken pecks?

    • Dear Prof. Dawkins,

      Very good to hear how well on-the-mend you are!

      RE: the books which do not appear & etc…I’d be surprised if there’s not a decent “speech-to-text” app out there? I mean, I use it with great success on my PC, tablet, & mobile? Does that book software not contain it? If not, the creator ought to have a look at implementing it– just for those who may have trouble typing for any reason.

      Tracy 🙂

    • Man oh man,
      I just learned about the stroke, I had completely missed the bad news!!
      So terribly glad it went well, we so much need your bright intellectual light shining in the darkness of this age.
      I send you my best wishes for a complete recovery and my hope to have you among us many more years.
      My best regards,

    • Awesome life hack. Get well and be careful on those tight corners.

    • Best wishes Richard.

    • Chen GC, Lu DB, Pang Z, Liu QF (2013). “Vitamin C intake, circulating vitamin C and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis of prospective studies”. J Am Heart Assoc 2 (6): e000329. doi:10.1161/JAHA.113.000329. PMC 3886767. PMID 24284213.

      Multicausal relation


      P.S. Nice feat!

    • Whales and Hippos same body temperature 96 degrees.
      Within the range of body températures found amongst mammals 93-104 ???

      The new table of the elements, reverse engineered from their physical properties, reveals the true synthetic history (evolutionary history?) of the elements.

      I wish you could see it.


    • Havn’t a clue what all this code block stuff means… So if this works, good, if not…. tough.

      Unfortunately due to domestic commitments, I missed being able to send Richard some good vibe best wishes…

      So here rather belated is my best wishes to you Richard D, look after yourself Professor, take time out and repair those cells…

      And thank you for leading us not into temptation and for snarling away at the heels of religious addicts the world over.

      Love and best wishes sir, for your continued health.

    • As a neurologist and an atheist, it´s very good news to read you´re on the up. Keep on going, you can´t be missed yet 😉

    • Happy Birthday!

      Sometimes I feel that atheism and pragmatism are eternally divorced from each other. In the old days, if you were an atheist, you had to hide, hide, hide, and deny, deny, deny. In today’s permissive society, you can be atheist and no one blinks an eye. An eye for an eye, ha ha, wink wink. I was re-reading Antigone written in 441 BC, and it very much occurs to me that modern society has done the Greeks a mis-service by on one hand holding up their philosophy as top rate thinking, but then turning around and viewing their literature, their plays, as primitive and superstitious. The fallacy of modern society, I suppose. The Greeks were atheist to the core, and moreover, they had no bones about hiding it. If you aren’t smart enough to read Antigone from an atheist perspective, you won’t ‘get’ the Greeks at all. Cheers, and very nice to see a prominent figure take an active role on his public website!