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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. Wikipedia

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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]

„Mutation is random; natural selection is the very opposite of random.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha The Blind Watchmaker

Zdroj: The Blind Watchmaker (1986), Chapter 2 “Good Design” (p. 41)

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„The genes are the master programmers, and they are programming for their lives.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha The Selfish Gene

Zdroj: The Selfish Gene (1976, 1989), Ch. 4. The Gene machine

„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.

„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 evidence for evolution is at least as strong as the evidence for the Holocaust, even allowing for eye witnesses to the Holocaust.“

—  Richard Dawkins, kniha The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

(p. 8)
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2009)
Kontext: Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact. The evidence for evolution is at least as strong as the evidence for the Holocaust, even allowing for eye witnesses to the Holocaust. It is the plain truth that we are cousins of chimpanzees, somewhat more distant cousins of monkeys, more distant cousins still of aardvarks and manatees, yet more distant cousins of bananas and turnips... continue the list as long as desired.

„The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.“

—  Richard Dawkins

Zdroj: River out of Eden (1995), pp. 131–132
Kontext: The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive; others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear; others are being slowly devoured from within by rasping parasites; thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst and disease. [... ] In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.

„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?

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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