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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Richard Dawkins - The genius of Charles Darwin

Left: Richard Dawkins.

Richard Dawkins is a biologist and evolutionary scientist.

He recently made a documentary about Charles Darwin and evolution called 'The Genius of Darwin'.

The documentary is very well presented and is about much more than evolution, which Professor Dawkins refers to as fact.

I learnt much from watching this documentary about evolution and the overwhelming evidence for it.

Dawkins also comments on the education system and political correctness in modern Britain.

He seems a very brave man who is challenging the belief that we are all the same. This multicultural dogma that we are all equal contradicts evolution and is complete make believe.

Richard Dawkins website

Richard Dawkins: The Genius of Charles Darwin (Episode 1 of 3)

Part 2

Part 3

Richard Dawkins is the author of 'The Selfish Gene' Pdf


Durotrigan 9 September 2010 at 12:29  

Yes, Dawkins is doing some excellent work and in the process is attracting a lot of flak from religious lunatics (Muslim ones and firebrand Old Testament types). Those possessed of a PC mindset are so deranged that they equate Dawkins's insistence upon a rational evidence-based approach to life on Earth as somehow being equivalent to the sort of intolerance shown by an Islamist. They make him out to be an 'extremist'. Incredible! I will concede however that I find him extremely reasonable.

Anonymous 9 September 2010 at 13:12  

He is extremly reasonable.

The origin of species taken to it's final conclusion must talk about human races.

When I read it I felt Darwin eluded to this issue but didn't talk of racial differences specifically.

I would like to ask MR Dawkins if he believes in the 'human race' or 'human races' i.e sub species.

Surley he would answer the second?

Durotrigan 9 September 2010 at 13:36  

I strongly suspect that Dawkins knows that there are human races rather than a single human race. He probably won't say so though owing to the contentiousness of the issue. A race of a particular species after all simply denotes a sub-population possessing distinct genotypical/phenotypical characterists that occupies a particular geographical area or ecological niche and does not normally interbreed with other races within the species because of a lack of contact.

Races of a given species can interbreed and produce fertile offspring, but breeding normally takes place between members of the same race. With human beings we also have to add the cultural dimension, for social totems and taboos also delimit group boundaries and sexual interaction. This is where Dawkins's concept of the 'meme' comes into play, which has been further elaborated by Susan Blackmore.

Anonymous 11 September 2010 at 14:11  

I sometimes think i'm the only one who isn't a big fan of Dawkins, and what I consider to be his smug delivery. I'm agnostic, i'm not actually against his theories, but I find some atheists to be more hard line, more preachy and infinitely more patronising than many believers. Cygnus.

Anonymous 11 September 2010 at 17:35  


I understand what you mean, but because Dawkins message is so important, I can see why he is so hard line.

Evolution should be taught in schools as scientific fact because it is.

If people want to believe in god, or be agnostic, they are free to.

Anonymous 12 September 2010 at 15:50  

I completely agree that evolution should be taught in schools, and as far as i'm aware it is. My problem isn't necessarily the message but rather the condescending way that celebrity atheists (Dawkins, Ricky Gervais etc) deliver it. The irony is that some are almost evangelical about it, firebrand evangelical atheists. And I resent the oft applied implication that all atheists are slightly more intelligent than anyone who has faith. Cygnus.

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