Richard Dawkins Quotes

Richard Dawkins is an English evolutionary biologist and author who was born in 1941. He is known for his books The Selfish Gene (1976) and The Extended Phenotype (1982). Dawkins is also know for introducing the term “meme”, which is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.

This is a collection of quotes by Richard Dawkins.

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'What is the purpose of the universe?' is a silly question.
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A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.
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Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
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Although many of us fear death, I think there is something illogical about it.
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Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.
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Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
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By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
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Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.
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Democracy is no way to establish a truth.
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Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
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Don't kid yourself that you're going to live again after you're dead; you're not. Make the most of the one life you've got. Live it to the full.
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Even mild and moderate religion helps to provide the climate of faith in which extremism naturally flourishes.
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Evolution is now universally accepted as a fact by thinking people
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Evolution never looks to the future.
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Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.
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Given infinite time, or infinite opportunities, anything is possible.
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God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
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Good public speaking is more than just decibels – a point that's often overlooked by demagogues, evangelists and – unfortunately – gullible audiences.
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I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
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I have tried but consistently failed to find anything in theology to be serious about.
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I love words.
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I mean it as a compliment when I say that you could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer.
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I personally would consider it an honour to be fossilized.
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I'm fascinated by the idea that genetics is digital. A gene is a long sequence of coded letters, like computer information. Modern biology is becoming very much a branch of information technology.
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If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists.
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