Richard Dawkins

English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author

Clinton Richard Dawkins, (born 26 March 1941) is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. 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. Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. With his book The Extended Phenotype (1982), he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Dawkins is known as an outspoken atheist. He has claimed in interviews to be an agnostic about many matters of religious faith, instead endorsing reason. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In The Blind Watchmaker (1986), he argues against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he describes evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker, in that reproduction, mutation, and selection are unguided by any designer. In The God Delusion (2006), Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion. Dawkins has been awarded many prestigious academic and writing awards, and he makes regular television, radio, and Internet appearances, predominantly discussing his books, his atheism, and his ideas and opinions as a public intellectual.
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works

17

Climbing Mount Improbable

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

1976

A Devil's Chaplain

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

2003

The Blind Watchmaker

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

1986

River Out of Eden

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

Unweaving the Rainbow

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

1998

The Ancestor's Tale

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

2004

The God Delusion

book by Richard Dawkins

author: Richard Dawkins

2006

The Extended Phenotype

Book written by Richard Dawkins, about the extension of the phenotype to ethology

author: Richard Dawkins

1982

articles

8

Burying the vehicle ( 1994 )

scientific article

author: Richard Dawkins

Is a scientific boycott ever justified? ( 2003 )

scientific article (publication date: 23 January 2003)

author: Richard Dawkins Colin Blakemore, Richard Dawkins, Denis Noble, Michael Yudkin

Arresting evidence. ( 1998 )

scientific article

author: Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins

Should doctors be Darwinian? ( 2002 )

scientific article

author: Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins

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