Richard Dawkins Quotes
When I say that human beings are just gene machines, one shouldn't put too much emphasis on the word 'just.' There is a very great deal of complication, and indeed beauty in being a gene machine.
We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us - through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
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?
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science, especially in the schools of America.
The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.
Science coverage could be improved by the recognition that science is timeless, and therefore science stories should not need to be pegged to an item in the news.
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
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.
Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know, evolution is about as certain as anything we know.
Nothing is wrong with peace and love. It is all the more regrettable that so many of Christ's followers seem to disagree.
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.
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.