Richard Dawkins Quotes


29 Richard Dawkins quotes:



"Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility."
"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity"
Author: Dawkins Quotes Category: Evolution Quotes
"[Evolution is] a theory in a special philosophical sense of science, but in terms of ordinary laymen's use of language, it's a fact, ... Evolution is a fact in the same sense that it's a fact that the Earth is round and not flat, [that] the Earth goes round the Sun. Both those are also theories, but they're theories that have never been disproved and never will be disproved."
Author: Dawkins Quotes Category: Evolution Quotes
"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry"
Author: Dawkins Quotes Category: Faith Quotes
"God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture"
"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."
"There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"
"Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?"
"What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all?"
Author: Dawkins Quotes Category: English Scientist Quotes Theology Quotes
"By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out."
"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."
"God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture."
"It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics."
"The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice."
"Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things."
"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry."
"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity."
"Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun."
"We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
"We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us - through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space."



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