Richard Dawkins


One of the most respected scientists in the world and the biggest draw in secularism, Richard Dawkins always generates impressive crowds when visiting North America. Secularism is sweeping America as a movement, and Richard Dawkins is the catalyst who galvanizes it.

From 1995 to 2008 Richard Dawkins was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is an internationally best-selling author.  Among his books are The Ancestor’s TaleThe Selfish GeneThe Blind WatchmakerClimbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the RainbowA Devil’s ChaplainThe God DelusionThe Greatest Show on Earth and The Magic of Reality.  His most recent books are his two-part autobiography.  Part 1 An Appetite for Wonder, released in 2013 and A Brief Candle in the Dark released in 2015.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature.  His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of a recent documentary “The Unbelievers” which also features appearances by Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Ian McEwan, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, and Sarah Silverman.

Visit the ‘Ultimate Collection’ of Richard Dawkins where you can find all the important articles, video and more by or about Richard Dawkins.

Scholarly Publications

Extended Phenotype – But Not Too Extended. A Reply to Laland, Turner and Jablonka

Biology and Philosophy 19: 377–396, 2004.


Parasites, Desiderata Lists and the Paradox of the Organism

Dawkins utilizes parasites to prove his argument that the most basic unit in the hierarchy of life is the organism itelf.

S63-S73, 1990


The Evolution of Evolvability

Dawkins discusses the model (or environment and conditions) that he created to allow evolution to take place.

Artificial Life, SFI Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, 1988, pp. 201-220


Replicators and Vehicles

This article asserts that the principles of evolution allow DNA to protect itself and DNA in turn has a greater purpose to our existence.

Current Problems in Sociobiology, Cambridge University Press, pp. 45-64, 1982


Do digger wasps commit the concorde fallacy?

Richard Dawkins, H. Jane Brockmannt

Animal Behaviour, Volume 28, Issue 3, August 1980, Pages 892–896


Twelve Misunderstandings of Kin Selection

This article addresses the 12 common misunderstandings in kin selection theory and denies them.

Z. Tierphyschol, 1979, 51: pp. 184-200

12 Misunderstandings (1979)

Joint Nesting in a Digger Wasp as as Evolutionarily Stable Preadaptation to Social Life 

Behaviour, Vol. 71, No. 3/4 (1979), pp. 203-245


Evolutionarily Stable Nesting Strategy in a Digger Wasp

Brockmann, Grafen, and Dawkins examine the nesting behaviors of digger wasps and concludes that their strategy is evolutionarily stable.

 J. theor. Biol. 1979, 77: pp. 473-496


Replicator Selection & the Extended Phenotype 

This is a modified version of a lecture given in the plenary session on “Sociobiology: at the 15th International Ethological Conference, Bielefeld, 1977.

Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 47: 61–76

Hierarchical Organization and Postural Facilitation: Rules for Groom in Flies

Richard and Marian Dawkins examine the parameters of grooming sequences in blowflies.

Animal Behavior, 1976, 24: pp. 739-755


Decisions and the Uncertainty of Behaviour

Richard and Marian Dawkins assert that behavior can be described through changing uncertainty or through a structural behavior pattern.

Rec. 1972, Vol. 20, No. 4: pp. 83-103


The Hunting Behaviour of Individual Great Tits in Relation to Spacial Variation in their Food Density

James N. M. Smith and Dawkins respond to data collected in variations of food density and spacial changes present when testing great tit birds.

Animal Behavior, 1971, 19: pp.695-706


A Threshold Model of Choice Behaviour

This article suggests a model for the underlying mechanisms of making choices from an evolutionary standpoint.

Animal Behavior, 1969, 17: pp. 120-133


The “Peck/No-Peck Decision-Maker’ in the Black-Headed Gull Chick

Using the Choice Threshold Model, Dawkins and Impekoven determine the absolute number of responses to stimuli in black-headed gull chicks.

Animal Behavior, 1969, 17: pp. 243-251


The Attention Threshold Model

This article utilizes selective attention theory to validate Dawkins’ Choice Threshold Model.

Animal Behavior, 1969, 17: pp. 134-141


University of Nebraska State Museum Exhibit

University of Nebraska Evolution Exhibit


During Richard Dawkins’ 2009 American tour, he visited the “Explore Evolution” exhibit at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. While visiting he filmed a collection of short unrehearsed and unscripted videos inspired by the “Explore Evolution” exhibit.  See all the videos here.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science would like to thank the University of Nebraska State Museum for providing this resource to the public to help further the understanding of evolution.

A Taste of ‘The God Delusion’

Since its publication in 2006, The God Delusion has been a life-changing book for many.  It has become a staple of our movement by outlining, in brilliant fashion, the arguments against theism and an emphatic plea for us to embrace reason and science.

As a special gift, we are making available the beginning and end, the Alpha and Omega as it were, of The God Delusion available to you for free.

Click the cover below to download or get it here.