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Richard Dawkins

Datum narození: 26. březen 1941

Clinton Richard Dawkins je britský zoolog, etolog a biolog. Na širší veřejnost má vliv jako popularizátor evoluční teorie a sociobiologie. Před svým odchodem do důchodu v roce 2008 působil jako profesor na univerzitě v Oxfordu. Dále působí jako spisovatel.

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Richard Dawkins

„Všichni jsme ateisté ohledně většiny bohů, ve které kdy lidstvo věřilo. Někteří z nás jdou jednoduše o jednoho boha dále.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha Boží blud

Zdroj: [Dawkins, Richard, The God Delusion, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2008, 463, 1, 9780618918249, anglicky]

„Existence Boha je hypotéza.“

—  Richard Dawkins

Zdroj: [Hříbek, Tomáš, Zač mají být ateisté vděčni?, lidovky.cz, 2010-19-09, 2011-02-16, http://www.lidovky.cz/ln_noviny.asp?r=ln_noviny&c=A101009_000083_ln_noviny_sko]

„So-called alternative medicine either hasn’t been tested or it has failed its tests.“

—  Richard Dawkins

The Enemies of Reason (August 2007)
Kontext: If any remedy is tested under controlled scientific conditions and proved to be effective, it will cease to be alternative and will simply become medicine. So-called alternative medicine either hasn’t been tested or it has failed its tests.

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„What worries me about religion is that it teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding the world they live in.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha Boží blud

Heart Of The Matter: God Under The Microscope | BBC (1996)
Varianta: [... ] one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.
Zdroj: The God Delusion

„The universe does not owe you a sense of hope.“

—  Richard Dawkins

The Big Questions (2008)
Kontext: "The universe does not owe you a sense of hope. It could be that the world, the universe, is a totally hopeless place. I don't as a matter of fact think it is, but even if it were - that would not be a good reason for believing in God. You cannot say "I believe in X", whatever X is - God or anything else - "because that gives me hope". You have to say "I believe in X because there is some evidence for X". In the case of God - there is not a tiny shred of evidence for the existence of any kind of god.” … “There's plenty of reason for hope in a Godless world. The universe is a beautiful place. The world is a beautiful place. To understand it in a clear-eyed, open-eyed way; to look out at the world and to really understand why we exist, what it's all about - that is a hugely uplifting feeling; That really does give a sense of worth to life, even if life itself is finite, as I believe it is. Nevertheless, it is not a hopeless life without a god, and to re-divert to my earlier point, even if it were - then it's just illogical to say that that gives you evidence for the belief in God." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of-8Q3HySjE&t=44m08s

„What I can’t understand is why you can’t see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that life started from nothing“

—  Richard Dawkins

that is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God?”
During his conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, as quoted in The Telegraph, in . In " Richard Dawkins: I can't be sure God does not exist http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9102740/Richard-Dawkins-I-cant-be-sure-God-does-not-exist.html"

„The evolution of the capacity to simulate seems to have culminated in subjective consciousness. Why this should have happened is, to me, the most profound mystery facing modern biology.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha The Selfish Gene

Zdroj: The Selfish Gene (1976, 1989), Ch. 4. The Gene machine
Kontext: Survival machines that can simulate the future are one jump ahead of survival machines that who can only learn of the basis of trial and error. The trouble with overt trial is that it takes time and energy. The trouble with overt error is that it is often fatal.... The evolution of the capacity to simulate seems to have culminated in subjective consciousness. Why this should have happened is, to me, the most profound mystery facing modern biology.

„No matter how much knowledge and wisdom you acquire during your life, not one jot will be passed on to your children by genetic means. Each new generation starts from scratch.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha The Selfish Gene

Zdroj: The Selfish Gene (1976, 1989), Ch. 3. Immortal Coils
Kontext: Genes do indirectly control the manufacture of bodies, and the influence is strictly one way: acquired characteristics are not inherited. No matter how much knowledge and wisdom you acquire during your life, not one jot will be passed on to your children by genetic means. Each new generation starts from scratch.

„The first cause cannot have been an intelligence, let alone an intelligence that answers prayers and enjoys being worshiped.“

—  Richard Dawkins

Intelligent, creative, complex, statistically improbable things come late into the universe, as the product of evolution or some other process of gradual escalation from simple beginnings. They come late into the universe and therefore cannot be responsible for designing it.
The Huffington Post, 23/10/2006 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-dawkins/why-there-almost-certainl_b_32164.html
Why There Almost Certainly Is No God (2006)

„We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha Unweaving the Rainbow

Dawkins has stated on many occasions that this passage will be read at his funeral.
Unweaving the Rainbow (1998)
Kontext: We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?

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