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Richard Dawkins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941), known as Richard Dawkins, is a British 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 came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology an influential concept, presented in his book The Extended Phenotype, that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the bodies of other organisms. Dawkins is an atheist and humanist, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association and supporter of the Brights movement. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, he argued against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he described evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker. He has since written several popular science books, and makes regular television and radio appearances, predominantly discussing these topics. He has been referred to in the media as "Darwin's Rottweiler," a reference to English biologist T. H. Huxley, who was known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's evolutionary ideas. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion—a fixed false belief. As of January 2010, the English-language version had sold more than two million copies and had been translated into 31 languages, making it his most popular book to date. Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Dawkins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Mar 26, 1941 In Nairobi, Kenya Colony
Movie/TV Credits:
29
First Appeared:
In the movie The Blind Watchmaker 1987-01-19
Latest Project:
Movie The Unbelievers 2013-12-13
Known For
Poster of Speciesism: The Movie
Poster of The Reality of Me
Poster of A Universe from Nothing
Poster of Doctor Who
Filmography
Movie The Unbelievers Himself 2013-12-13
Movie Speciesism: The Movie 2013-09-18
Movie The Great Debate: The Storytelling of Science 2013-03-30
Movie The Reality of Me Himself 2012-11-01
Movie Something From Nothing: A Conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss Himself 2012-04-12
Series Brave New World with Stephen Hawking Himself 2011-10-31
Movie The Future Is Now! The Scientist 2011-06-24
Series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Himself 2011-05-23
Movie Sex, Drugs & Religion Himself 2010-01-01
Movie A Universe from Nothing Himself 2009-10-03
Series Inside Nature's Giants 2009-06-29
Movie Dawkins vs Lennox: Has Science Buried God? Himself 2009-01-01
Movie Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen Self 2008-01-10
Movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Himself 2008-04-18
Movie Atheist Alliance International Convention 2007 Himself 2008-05-05
Series The Genius of Charles Darwin 2008-08-04
Movie The Genius of Charles Darwin Richard Dawkins 2008-08-04
Movie The God Delusion Debate Himself 2007-10-03
Movie The Enemies of Reason Himself 2007-01-01
Movie A War on Science Richard Dawkins 2006-01-26
Movie Root of All Evil? Himself 2006-01-09
Series The Root of All Evil? 2006-01-08
Series Break the Science Barrier 2006-01-01
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie The God Who Wasn't There Richard Dawkins 2005-05-21
Series Doctor Who Unknown 2005-03-26
Series Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief Biologist 2004-10-11
Series Richard & Judy Unknown 2001-11-26
Movie The Blind Watchmaker Himself 1987-01-19