Richard Dawkins quotes

 quotes - By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.

“By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”

— Richard Dawkins

 quotes - Natural selection is anything but random.

“Natural selection is anything but random.”

— Richard Dawkins

 quotes - I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will.

“I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will.”

— Richard Dawkins

 quotes - Evolution never looks to the future.

“Evolution never looks to the future.”

— 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

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

— Richard Dawkins

“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

— 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

“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

“The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.”

— 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

“A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.”

— Richard Dawkins

“The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.”

— 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

“Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.”

— 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

“The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.”

— 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

“If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists.”

— Richard Dawkins

“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.”

— Richard Dawkins

“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”

— Richard Dawkins

“Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.”

— Richard Dawkins

“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.”

— Richard Dawkins

“I am one of those scientists who feels that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organised ignorance.”

— 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

“Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.”

— Richard Dawkins

“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.”

— Richard Dawkins

“My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism.”

— Richard Dawkins

“Religious fanatics want people to switch off their own minds, ignore the evidence, and blindly follow a holy book based upon private 'revelation'.”

— Richard Dawkins

“Nothing is wrong with peace and love. It is all the more regrettable that so many of Christ's followers seem to disagree.”

— Richard Dawkins
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