Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

British evolutionary biologist and author
26 March 1941 —

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Sometimes in life it is a good idea to stop, sometimes it is a good idea to go on. The trick is to decide when to stop.

Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not.

If there is mercy in nature, it is accidental. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

We are survival machines - robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.

Sometimes people have a strong inside feeling that somebody loves them when it is not based upon any evidence, and then they are likely to be completely wrong.

It is almost as if the human brain were specifically designed to misunderstand Darwinism, and to find it hard to believe.

Living organisms had existed on earth, without ever knowing why, for over three thousand million years before the truth finally dawned on one of them. His name was Charles Darwin.

The genes are master programmers, and they are programming for their lives.


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