Richard Dawkins Quotes

A list created by Lee Sonogan

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Who is Richard Dawkins? Well, his an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and an author. Known for his Gene- centred view of evolution, the coined concept of a meme and the criticism against religion. Only containing a good variety of his quotes, there are hundreds of more opinions he has within those three fields and more. Objective to the core, the man surely makes solid and evidential statements which are hard to dispute.

  • Physicists are working on the Big Bang, and one day they may or may not solve it. Richard Dawkins
  • Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility. Richard Dawkins
  • Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations. Richard Dawkins
  • Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose. Richard Dawkins
  • 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. Richard Dawkins
  • By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out. Richard Dawkins
  • For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria. Richard Dawkins
  • Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that’s because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection. Richard Dawkins
  • Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things. Richard Dawkins
  • Sometimes I think it’s possible to mistake desire for clarity and talking in a no-nonsense way for aggression. Richard Dawkins
  • Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know, evolution is about as certain as anything we know. Richard Dawkins
  • Metaphors are fine if they aid understanding, but sometimes they get in the way. Richard Dawkins
  • If you look up at the Milky Way through the eyes of Carl Sagan, you get a feeling in your chest of something greater than yourself. And it is. But it’s not supernatural. Richard Dawkins
  • When you make machines that are capable of obeying instructions slavishly, and among those instructions are ‘duplicate me’ instructions, then of course the system is wide open to exploitation by parasites. Richard Dawkins
  • ‘What is the purpose of the universe?’ is a silly question. Richard Dawkins
  • My thoughts, my beliefs, my feelings are all in my brain. My brain is going to rot. Richard Dawkins
  • Darwin gives courage to the rest of science that we shall end up understanding literally everything, springing from almost nothing – a thought extremely hard to comprehend and believe. Richard Dawkins
  • An Internet meme is a hijacking of the original idea. Instead of mutating by random change and spreading by a form of Darwinian selection, Internet memes are altered deliberately by human creativity. There is no attempt at accuracy of copying, as with genes – and as with memes in their original version. Richard Dawkins
  • The child has no way of knowing what’s good information. Richard Dawkins
  • All the fossils that we have ever found have always been found in the appropriate place in the time sequence. There are no fossils in the wrong place. Richard Dawkins
  • I think the world’s always a better place if people are filled with understanding. Richard Dawkins
  • Islands are natural workshops of evolution. Richard Dawkins
  • Anybody who has something sensible or worthwhile to say should be able to say it calmly and soberly, relying on the words themselves to convey his meaning, without resorting to yelling. Richard Dawkins

Even though I disagree with him in some ideas, I find him interesting anyway. Even would read one of his books if I can get my hands on it. Only knowing him as a controversial figure in the science community, I am glad I have learned a little more about him. I’ll be checking out the podcast he did with Joe below for the first time soon because I don’t remember it unless it was one or two clips.

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