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Richard Dawkins Quote: “All the Founding Fathers, whatever their private religious beliefs, would have been aghast to read the journalist Robert Sherman’s report of George Bush Senior’s answer when Sherman asked him whether he recognized the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists: ‘No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I think I would abolish schools which systematically inculcate sectarian beliefs.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I have a strong feeling that the subject of evolution is beautiful without the excuse of creationists needing to be bashed.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I didn’t have a very starry school career, I was medium to above average, nothing special.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “All qualified physicists, biologists, cosmologists and geologists agree, on the basis of massive, mutually corroborating evidence, that the earth’s age is at least four billion years.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “In a designed economy there would be no trees, or certainly no very tall trees: no forests, no canopy. Trees are a waste. Trees are extravagant. Tree trunks are standing monuments to futile competition – futile if we think in terms of a planed economy. But the natural economy is not planned. Individual plants compete with other plants, of the same and other species, and the result is that they grow taller and taller, far taller than any planner would recommend.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Rather than propose a new theory or unearth a new fact, often the most important contribution a scientist can make is to discover a new way of seeing old theories or facts.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “We have the power to defy the selfish genes of our birth and, if necessary, the selfish memes of our indoctrination.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “An atheist in this sense of philosophical naturalist is somebody who believes there is nothing beyond the natural, physical world, no supernatural creative intelligence lurking behind the observable universe, no soul that outlasts the body and no miracles – except in the sense of natural phenomena that we don’t yet understand. If.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Anyone can popularize science if he oversimplifies.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There is no universally agreed definition of a gene.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “To suggest that the first cause, the great unknown which is responsible for something existing rather than nothing, is a being capable of designing the universe and of talking to a million people simultaneously, is a total abdication of the responsibility to find an explanation. It is a dreadful exhibition of self-indulgent, thought denying skyhookery.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “The currency used in the casino of evolution is survival, strictly gene survival, but for many purposes individual survival is a reasonable approximation.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God’s approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Why did it take so long for a Darwin to arrive on the scene? What delayed humanity’s tumbling to that luminously simple idea which seems, on the face of it, so much easier to grasp than the mathematical ideas given us by Newton two centuries earlier – or, indeed, by Archimedes two millennia earlier?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “As J. B. S. Haldane said when asked what evidence might contradict evolution, ‘Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “It is all too easy to confuse fundamentalism with passion. I may well appear passionate when i defend evolution against a fundamentalist creationist, but this is not because of a rival fundamentalism of my own. It is because the evidence for evolution is overwhelmingly strong and I am passionately distressed that my opponent can’t see it – or, more usually, refuses to look at it because it contradicts his holy books.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There exists no objective basis on which to elevate one species above another.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Los genes operan de manera misteriosa.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “A theist believes in a supernatural intelligence who, in addition to his main work of creating the universe in the first place, is still around to oversee and influence the subsequent fate of his initial creation. In.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “In any case, you won’t get rich doing science, so why do it at all if you undermine the only point of the enterprise by lying?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Many religious people find it hard to imagine how, without religion, one can be good, or would even want to be good.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “If you need a geography lesson in order to know where Africa is – if, by age seventeen, you have somehow failed to imbibe such knowledge by osmosis or simple curiosity – you surely don’t have the sort of mind that would benefit from a university education.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion’s power to console doesn’t make it true. Even if we make a huge concession; even if it were conclusively demonstrated that belief in God’s existence is completely essential to human psychological and emotional well-being; even if all atheists were despairing neurotics driven to suicide by relentless cosmic angst – none of this would contribute the tiniest jot or tittle of evidence that religious belief is true. It.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There are so many different faiths. How do you know the holy book you have been brought up with is the true one? And if all the others are wrong, what makes you think your holy book isn’t wrong too?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I don’t care about what is good and what is evil, I care about what is true.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There exists no objective basis on which to elevate one species above another. Chimp and human, lizard and fungus, we have all evolved over some three billion years by a process known as natural selection.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There is much that we are unsure about in science. Where science scores over alternative world views is that we know our uncertainty, we can often measure its magnitude, and we work optimistically to reduce it.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “But if science cannot answer some ultimate question, what makes anybody think that religion can?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Survival machines that can simulate the future are one jump ahead of survival machines who can only learn on the basis of overt trial and error. The trouble with overt trial is that it takes time and energy. The trouble with overt error is that it is often fatal. Simulation is both safer and faster. The evolution of the capacity to simulate seems to have cumulated in subjective consciousness.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “The fact that we slowly apprehend our world, rather than suddenly discover it, should not subtract from its wonder.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Which of our unnoticed isms will the hindsight of future generations condemn?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “If superior creatures from space ever visit earth, the first question they will ask, in order to assess the level of our civilization, is: ‘Have they discovered evolution yet?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Those who wish to base their morality literally on the Bible have either not read it or not understood it, as Bishop John Shelby Spong, in The Sins of Scripture, rightly observed.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Indeed, to claim a supernatural explanation of something is not to explain it at all and, even worse, to rule out any possibility of its ever being explained.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Since we humans do not want to return to the old selfish ways where we let the children of too-large families starve to death, we have abolished the family as a unit of economic self-sufficiency, and substituted the state.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “One gene may be regarded as a unit that survives through a large number of successive individual bodies.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religious faith, is a state of mind, that leads people to believe in something, it doesn’t matter what, without a whisper of doubt, or a whiff of evidence, and believe so strongly in some cases, that they are prepare to kill and die for it, without the need for further justification.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “In George Bernard Shaw’s words, ‘The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “More poignant for us, at Laetoli in Tanzania are the companionable footprints of three real hominids, probably Australopithecus afarensis, walking together 3.6 million years ago in what was then fresh volcanic ash. Who does not wonder what these individuals were to each other, whether they held hands or even talked, and what forgotten errand they shared in a Pliocene dawn?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Should we then not expect lions to refrain from killing antelopes, ‘for the good of the mammals’?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “What impresses me about Catholic mythology is partly its tasteless kitsch but mostly the airy nonchalance with which these people make up the details as they go along. It is just shamelessly invented.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion is a distraction from true education.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and ‘improved’ by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “The earliest form of natural selection was simply a selection of stable forms and a rejection of unstable ones. There is no mystery about this. It had to happen by definition.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Evolution is a trajectory through multidimensional space, in which every step of the way has to represent a body capable of surviving and reproducing about as well as the parental type reached by the preceding step of the trajectory.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “If something were to happen that went against our current understanding of reality, scientists would see that as a challenge to our present model, requiring us to abandon or at least change it. It is through such adjustments and subsequent testing that we approach closer and closer to what is true.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “An ESS is stable, not because it is particularly good for the individuals participating in it, but simply because it is immune to treachery from within.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “We should always be open-minded, but the only good reason to believe that something exists is if there is real evidence that it does.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.”
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