Richard Dawkins Quotes


29 Richard Dawkins 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."
"Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"[But Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary theorist at Oxford, said that even scientists who were believers did not claim evidence for that belief.] The most they will claim is that there is no evidence against, ... which is pathetically weak. There is no evidence against all sorts of things, but we don't waste our time believing in them."
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"Dawkins Law of the Conservation of Difficulty states that obscurantism in an academic subject expands to fill the vacuum of its intrinsic simplicity"
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"Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things"
Author: Dawkins Quotes Category: Nature Quotes
"By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out."
"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry."
"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."
"[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 essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale"
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"Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility."
"I'm not sure this conversation can go any further."
"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
"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry"
Author: Dawkins Quotes Category: Faith Quotes
"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?"



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