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Richard Dawkins Quotes

Richard Dawkins
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.
Richard Dawkins
#Conscience

Richard Dawkins
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.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
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
Richard Dawkins
#Evolution

Richard Dawkins
[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.
Richard Dawkins
#Evolution

Richard Dawkins
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture
Richard Dawkins
#Environment

Richard Dawkins
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist #Chess

Richard Dawkins
What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all?
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist #Theology

Richard Dawkins
just because something is labelled as ‘a natural process’ doesn’t make it any less miraculous. There is something a bit ridiculous about saying, ‘there is no way this guy could have turned water into wine’ when we are at the bottom of a gravity well on a small rocky planet orbiting a nuclear fireball, our ancestors were fish and bacteria, our bodies are made of stardust, and the universe jumped from a size smaller than an atom to a complex, fine-tuned, system with over 100 billion galaxies.
Richard Dawkins
#Ancestors

Richard Dawkins
Passion for passion, an evangelical Christian and I may be evenly matched. But we are not equally fundamentalist. The true scientist, however passionately he may 'believe', in evolution for example, knows exactly what would change his mind: evidence! The fundamentalist knows that nothing will.
Richard Dawkins
#Christian

Richard Dawkins
Dawkins’ Law of the Conservation of Difficulty states that obscurantism in an academic subject expands to fill the vacuum of its intrinsic simplicity
Richard Dawkins
#Difficulty

Richard Dawkins
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?
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things
Richard Dawkins
#Nature

Richard Dawkins
Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
[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.
Richard Dawkins
#Scientists

Richard Dawkins
I'm not sure this conversation can go any further.
Richard Dawkins
#Conversation

Richard Dawkins
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isnt it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am askedas I am surprisingly oftenwhy I bother to get up in the mornings.
Richard Dawkins
#Life

Richard Dawkins
Dawkins Law of the Conservation of Difficulty states that obscurantism in an academic subject expands to fill the vacuum of its intrinsic simplicity
Richard Dawkins
#Simplicity

Richard Dawkins
A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
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.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
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.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist

Richard Dawkins
One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
Richard Dawkins
#English Scientist