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  Richard Dawkins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clinton Richard Dawkins DSc, FRS, FRSL (known as Richard Dawkins; born March 26, 1941) is an eminent British ethologist, evolutionary theorist, and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.
Dawkins is an ardent and outspoken atheist, an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, vice-president of the British Humanist Association and a Distinguished Supporter of the Humanist Society of Scotland.
Dawkins' proposed solutions can be described as typically Humanist, and he is critical of Catholic attitudes to family planning and population control, stating that leaders who forbid contraception and "express a preference for 'natural' methods of population limitation," will get just such a method – starvation.
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 Richard Dawkins
Dawkins' biggest claim to fame is his championing of a gene-centric biology, whereby genes are the central units and agents of life and evolution.
Richard Dawkins was educated under the tutelage of ethologist Niko Tinbergen at Oxford University.
Richard Dawkins is the bestselling author of seven books which include The Selfish Gene(1976; second edition 1989), The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996) and Unweaving the Rainbow (1998).
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 Biography of Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi in 1941
Dawkins came to Oxford in 1959 as an undergraduate, and eventually came under the spell of Niko Tinbergen, the eminent Danish biologist.
By proposing an ethology of the gene, Dawkins shifted that debate away from the individual animal as the unit of evolution to the nature, nurture, and behavior of the genes.
www.simonyi.ox.ac.uk /dawkins/WorldOfDawkins-archive/Dawkins/Biography/bio.shtml   (2162 words)

  
 Interview with Richard Dawkins
McDonald: Richard Dawkins, you have a vision of the world---this world free of lies, not the little lies that we protect ourselves with, but what you would see as the big lie, which is that God or some omnipotent creator made and oversees the world.
Dawkins: A creator who created the universe or set up the laws of physics so that life would evolve or who actually supervised the evolution of life, or anything like that, would have to be some sort of super-intelligence, some sort of mega-mind.
Dawkins: You prepare for it by facing up to the truth, which is that life is what we have and so we had better live our life to the full while we have it, because there is nothing after it.
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 Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Richard Dawkins
Professor Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS (born March 26, 1941), better known as Richard Dawkins, is a British ethologist and popular science writer.
Dawkins moved to England when he was eight with his father and was educated at Oundle School.
Dawkins has been one of the major proponents of sociobiological theory and coined the term meme, which spawned the theory of memetics.
www.fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Richard_Dawkins   (1010 words)

  
 Edge: RICHARD DAWKINS
The algorithmic approach as Dawkins presents it is deliberately oversimple.
RICHARD DAWKINS, a Fellow of both the Royal Society and Royal Society of Literature, is a gifted writer, who is known for his popularization of Darwinian ideas as well as for original thinking on evolutionary theory.
His work is also the subject of a book of essays — Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think — published on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Selfish Gene.
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 Richard Dawkins - Biographical resource about the author / scientist and his research and books
Richard Dawkins "has been concerned to convince the literate public that they must now take evolutionary theory seriously as the context within which to think about ourselves and the world," writes Clark "and he strives to bring his theories to an audience of lay readers through comprehensible analogies and clear writing."
Richard Dawkins shows how, in the end, spectacularly complex organizations can have the properties we attribute to ourselves, all as a consequence of aimless chemical reactions.
Richard Dawkins applies it to various behavior mechanisms that have hitherto been misunderstood." Pfeiffer also admits that Richard Dawkins "demonstrates a rare and welcome ability to make formidably technical findings come alive." A New Yorker reviewer expresses a similar opinion: "What makes [The Selfish Gene] accessible is the brilliance and wit of Mr.
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 Powells.com Interviews - Richard Dawkins
In that book Dawkins argued life works in terms of replicators and vehicles; replicators can be genes riding around in the protein vehicles they make, or ideas riding around in their neural vehicles.
In The Extended Phenotype, Dawkins argued that structures that animals are genetically hardwired to produce — such as bird nests and beaver dams — should be evolutionarily considered as part of the organisms.
Dawkins: Well, there's that, but I think there's also the fact that again if you look at complex elegant beautiful adaptations which have many parts, all fitting together, they — it's really back to the point I referred to, the sense in which Darwin was a gradualist.
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 The atheist - Salon
Dawkins stuck to his theme but expanded his territory in such subsequent books as "The Blind Watchmaker," "Unweaving the Rainbow" and "Climbing Mount Improbable." His recent work, "The Ancestor's Tale," traces human lineage back through time, stopping to ponder important forks in the evolutionary road.
Currently, Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, a position created for him in 1995 by Charles Simonyi, a Microsoft millionaire.
I met Dawkins in late March at the Atheist Alliance International annual conference in Los Angeles, where he presented the alliance's top honor, the Richard Dawkins Prize, to magicians Penn and Teller.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2005/04/30/dawkins/index.html   (1479 words)

  
 Richard Dawkins Interview
Richard Dawkins, arch-Darwinist, author of "The Selfish Gene", and Britain's village atheist, has a reputation for intellectual austerity and single-mindedness: he is a professor who will not stop professing.
Dawkins continues, "In the thesis that I read, the author found it was easy enough to fool them to mate with each other by playing them the song of their own species.
Dawkins does not seem to have developed this point, and he sometimes allows disdain or mockery to take the place of a clearer understanding of it -- the evolution of resistance to evolution.
www.positiveatheism.org /writ/dawkins0.htm   (5267 words)

  
 BBC Interview with Richard Dawkins
Between 13 August 1995 and 26 August 1995 Steven Carr posted the transcript of a 1994 BBC Channel-4 interview with biologist Richard Dawkins to the Usenet newsgroup alt.atheism.moderated.
Dawkins was as provocative and clear in his statements as ever.
McDonald: Richard Dawkins, you have a vision of the world -- this world free of lies, not the little lies that we protect ourselves with, but what you would see as the big lie, which is that God or some omnipotent creator made and oversees the world.
www.lhup.edu /~dsimanek/dawkins.htm   (3480 words)

  
 EducationGuardian.co.uk | Higher | Richard Dawkins: Beyond belief
Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, gets a walk-on role as the liberal voice of religion, but mostly it's the fundamentalists of all faiths who fall under Dawkins's scrutiny.
Evolution offers Dawkins all the explanations he needs - "if there are other worlds elsewhere in the universe, I would conjecture they are governed by the same laws of natural selection" - but he does acknowledge there are still large gaps in our knowledge.
Dawkins was born into a middle-class family that went to church each Christmas.
education.guardian.co.uk /higher/profile/story/0,11109,1682655,00.html   (1777 words)

  
 Richard Dawkins - Biographical resource about the author / scientist and his research and books
The only person making racial connections is Richard Dawkins, who also seems to think one must use trickery to "get away with" putting an end to savage brutality.
One might think it peculiar that Richard Dawkins, a world renowned scientific mind, should be able to recognize that effect and yet remain unable to recognize its historical cause: war-secured and war-defended freedom.
How Democracy began, and why it persists and grows worldwide, is because of two things that it ensures: ensuring that those citizens, informed or not, may have an opinion and a vote; and ensuring that their opinion and vote is all they have.
www.richarddawkins.com /binladensvictory.html   (2110 words)

  
 Dawkins - An Exponentialist View
Dawkins is quite right to reject the mass emigration into space by rocket as a means of avoiding the inevitable (though the possibility of one or more space elevators may alleviate the problem slightly).
Dawkins concludes this chapter with an intriguing attempt to define the typical thresholds through which replicators pass over geological time, from the first replicators to the colonisation of space.
As discussed by Dawkins himself in Chapter 7 of The Selfish Gene, it is in fact easy enough to factor in immigration and emigration into the Couttsian Growth Model.
members.optusnet.com.au /exponentialist/Dawkins.htm   (6779 words)

  
 OBJECTIVE: Creation Education | Dawkins Watch
I'm sure Dawkins would dearly love to have all Christian children taken from their homes by the government and raised in some sort of Darwinian commune where they will be taught genetic selfishness and how to be arrogant at cocktail parties.
Dawkins assures us that he is merely a disinterested scientist, simply curious as to how the "bright meme" will do, with no designs (sorry, purposeless evolutions) on getting an Atheist elected president so as to enact his vision of a barcoded Evolutionist utopia.
Dawkins (whose real first name is "Clinton", by the way) justifies the former President's infidelity by saying that Clinton's Evolutionary ancestors were seal-like harem builders (any relation to the aquatic apes?) and thus monogamy is not in his selfish genes.
objectiveministries.org /creation/dawkinswatch.html   (5201 words)

  
 Telic Thoughts » Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins was recently voted one of the world's top three intellectuals (alongside Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky) by "Prospect" magazine.
Dawkins attacks God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured by some Enlightenment thinkers.
Richard Dawkins once wrote, “All the great religions have a place for awe, for ecstatic transport at the wonder and beauty of creation.
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 Richard Dawkins Interview
The only atheist viewpoint was put by Richard Dawkins on 15 Aug. 1994.
Richard Dawkins, you have a vision of the world - this world free of lies, not the little lies that we protect ourselves with, but what you would see as the big lie, which is that God or some omnipotent creator made and oversees the world.
It remains to be seen whether the Dawkins meme, his vision of truth, will replicate with the success that the prophets, priests, popes and gurus have enjoyed.
www.atheistfoundation.org.au /dawkinsinterview.htm   (3237 words)

  
 An interview with Richard Dawkins. By Jim Holt - Slate Magazine
Richard Dawkins, champion of Darwinism and scourge of religion, is a courtly and attractive man, although not much given to humor.
Dawkins, by contrast, seemed convinced that natural selection among genes was the only game in town; hence the title of his first big book, The Selfish Gene.
When Dawkins introduced the meme concept a couple of decades ago, hopes were raised that the evolution of culture, or even of the human mind, might be explained as a sort of Darwinian competition among memes.
www.slate.com /id/2110249   (1517 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Selfish Gene (Popular Science): Books: Richard Dawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it.
Richard Dawkins seems to have the idea that religion and spirituality are not only false, but ultimately unable to give a real sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Dawkins' style is accessible for those (such as myself) with practically no experience in biology, and the subject matter is applicable to all.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0192860925?v=glance   (3001 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Selfish Gene: Books: Richard Dawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Dawkins goes on to define a gene, which turns out to be quite an important step (I thought I knew what the word meant already, but I was wrong), and relates how genes have indirect control over what he calls 'gene machines', i.e.
Dawkins is also refreshingly willing to state that certain aspects of this theory are +the truth+, a brave claim in our muddled, PC society.
Dawkins does not tie the reader up in jargon or fuzzy logic that makes other scientific books inaccessible to all but the experts.
www.amazon.co.uk /Selfish-Gene-Richard-Dawkins/dp/0192860925   (1100 words)

  
 Richard Dawkins - EvoWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Clinton Richard Dawkins is a zoologist (in particular ethology) at Oxford University, England, where he is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science.
He is known for popularising the Selfish gene theory, and the idea of a gene as a unit of selection.
Dawkins was ranked the 186th most powerful person in Britain by The Guardian in 2000 [1].
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 Unweaving the Rainbow - Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins holds a chair for the Public Understanding of Science (at Oxford).
Littering the text with poetic quotation (a learned man, this Professor Dawkins), it is an enjoyable read, and Dawkins does go to pains to consider why poets and others might be tempted to prefer mystery to clarity.
Richard Dawkins, born in Nairobi in 1941, is Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/dawkinsr/unweaving.htm   (738 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Blind Watchmaker (Penguin Science): Books: Richard Dawkins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Not so, says Dawkins: "All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way...it is the blind watchmaker".
Dawkins is a hard-core scientist: he doesn't just tell you what is so, he shows you how to find out for yourself.
Richard Dawkins simply has to be the most important writer on Evolution since Darwin himself.
www.amazon.co.uk /Blind-Watchmaker-Penguin-Science/dp/0140144811   (1275 words)

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