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'''Richard Dawkins''' is a British zoologist, formerly the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of [[Science]] at Oxford University.  He is also a very outspoken [[atheist]].
'''Richard Dawkins''' is a British zoologist, formerly the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of [[Science]] at Oxford University.  He is also a very outspoken [[atheist]].

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Dawkins in 2010

Richard Dawkins is a British zoologist, formerly the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is also a very outspoken atheist.

Much of his popular published work is on zoology, biology and evolution. His 2006 work, The God Delusion is concerned primarily with religion, belief and the effects it has had, on society, and why such should be considered anathema to those who value life.

Dawkins is well-known for his outspokenness against religion. He is famous for his opinion that labeling children with the religion of their parents is tantamount to child abuse, and for comparing the spread of religious beliefs to the spread of viruses.

Dawkins coined the term "meme" to describe how ideas (notably, religious belief) are spread and evolve using mechanisms similar to those of biological evolution.

Along with other prominent new atheism authors, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens, Dawkins participated in a two hour round-table discussion entitled the The Four Horsemen.

Arguments and coined concepts[edit]


On faith[edit]

"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.[1]"
"Faith, being belief that isn't based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion.[2]"



See also[edit]


  1. Richard Dawkins, Untitled Lecture, Edinburgh Science Festival (1992)
  2. [1]

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