Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins was born in March 26, 1941, he is British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and a writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.

He started becoming a known figure with his book The Selfish Gene in 1976 which made the concept of a gene-centered view of evolution. Dawkins is a noted atheist and patron of the British Humanist Association and is well-known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology the concept that phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism’s body, but can stretch into the environment and into bodies of other organisms.

He has written several popular science books and has regular television and radio appearances. In 2006 he published The God Delusion, where he contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion–“a fixed false belief”. He founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science to promote teaching evolution.

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‘The mission of the Richard Dawkins Foundation is to promote scientific literacy and a secular worldview. Some might see this as two distinct missions: 1) Teaching the value of science, and 2) Advancing secularism.’



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