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Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science ha seradicated smallpox, can immunise against most previously deadly viruses, can kill most previously deadly bacteria. Theology has done nothing but talk of pestilence as the wages of sin.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “The obvious objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired. His death will provoke violent strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and between Iraqis in general and the American occupation forces.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness, which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Evolution is fundamentally hostile to religion.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “People like to trace their ancestry.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religions are not imaginative, not poetic, not soulful. On the contrary, they are parochial, small-minded, niggardly with the human imagination, precisely where science is generous.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Nature is a miserly accountant, grudging the pennies, watching the clock, punishing the smallest extravagance.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion is a distraction from true education.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I’ve been reading an Alabama newspaper that one man shot another man because he beat him in a Bible-quoting competition.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Real life seeks the gentle slopes at the back of Mount Improbable, while creationists are blind to all but the daunting precipice at the front.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I’m not much given to straight, irony-free hero-worship.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science coverage could be improved by the recognition that science is timeless, and therefore science stories should not need to be pegged to an item in the news.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Human psychology has a near universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “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 straightforwardly call themselves atheists.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “The river of my title is a river of DNA, a river of information, not a river of bones and tissues.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Thus the creationist’s favourite question “What is the use of half an eye?” Actually, this is a lightweight question, a doddle to answer. Half an eye is just 1 per cent better than 49 per cent of an eye.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Scientists disagree among themselves but they never fight over their disagreements. They argue about evidence or go out and seek new evidence. Much the same is true of philosophers, historians and literary critics.”
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: “There is great variation in brain power all the way from Einstien on one hand to Sarah Palin on the other.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “What is interesting about the scientific world view is that it is true, inspiring, remarkable and that it unites a whole lot of phenomena under a single heading.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I don’t want to sound callous. I mean, even if I have nothing to offer, that doesn’t matter, because that still doesn’t mean that what anybody else has to offer therefore has to be true.”
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: “There is in every village a torch – the teacher: and an extinguisher – the clergyman. – VICTOR HUGO.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Bush and bin Laden are really on the same side: the side of faith and violence against the side of reason and discussion. Both have implacable faith that they are right and the other is evil.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children than threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of hell?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Given a hundred clones of Carl Sagan, we might have some hope for the next century.”
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: “I am an enthusiastic Darwinian, but I think Darwinism is too big a theory to be confined to the narrow context of the gene.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I am trying to call attention to the elephant in the room that everybody is too polite – or too devout – to notice: religion, and specifically the devaluing effect that religion has on human life.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “To describe religions as mind viruses is sometimes interpreted as contemptuous or even hostile. It is both. I am often asked why I am so hostile to organized religion.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I have never imputed to Nature a purpose or a goal, or anything that could be understood as anthropomorphic. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “If you set out in a spaceship to find the one planet in the galaxy that has life, the odds against your finding it would be so great that the task would be indistinguishable, in practice, from impossible.”
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: “I don’t know what to think about magic and fairy tales.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I think I would abolish schools which systematically inculcate sectarian beliefs.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “But if science cannot answer some ultimate question, what makes anybody think that religion can?”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religions do make claims about the universe – the same kinds of claims that scientists make, except they’re usually false.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Most people, I believe, think that you need a God to explain the existence of the world, and especially the existence of life. They are wrong, but our education system is such that many people don’t know it.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I am at a loss to reconcile the expensive and glossy production values of this book with the breathtaking inanity of the content.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “The evolution of the capacity to simulate seems to have culminated in subjective consciousness.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “There is something so mysterious that it is almost like God. God is in the equations. God is in the fundamental constants. And that’s fine. I mean, that’s just redefinition of that which we find mysterious at the basis of the universe.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “I’m quite a softy, yes. I have a blank spot with respect to visual art, but I have perhaps a compensating hypersensitivity to poetry and music.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “We should learn to understand natural selection, so that we can oppose any tendency to apply it to human politics.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “Things exist either because they have recently come into existence or because they have qualities that made them unlikely to be destroyed in the past.”
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: “Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers. It’s a sort of crime against childhood.”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “By dislaiming the idea of a next life, we can take more excitement in this one!”
Richard Dawkins Quote: “We are a very, very unusual species.”
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