Quotes by Richard Dawkins (Scientist/English).

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The very large brain that humans have, plus the things that go along with it - language, art, science - seemed to have evolved only once. The eye, by contrast, independently evolved 40 times. So, if you were to 'replay' evolution, the eye would almost certainly appear again, whereas the big brain probably wouldn't.
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I think a fundamentalist is somebody who believes something unshakably and isn't going to change their mind.
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Disagreements between incompatible beliefs cannot be settled by reasoned argument because reasoned argument is drummed out of those trained in religion from the cradle.
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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.
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I do disapprove very strongly of labelling children, especially young children, as something like 'Catholic children' or 'Protestant children' or 'Islamic children.'
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At the deepest level, all living things that have ever been looked at have the same DNA code. And many of the same genes.
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Every night of our lives, we dream, and our brain concocts visions which are, at least until we wake up, highly convincing. Most of us have had experiences which are verging on hallucination. It shows the power of the brain to knock up illusions.
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Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence.
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As a liberal, I would hesitate to propose a blanket ban on any style of dress because of the implications for individual liberty and freedom of choice.
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Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingles.
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There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence. If a refutation ever were to come about, it would come from a scientist, and not an idiot.
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The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible. Not only should we not get our moral compass from religion, as a matter of fact we don't.
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To put it bluntly, American political opportunities are heavily loaded against those who are simultaneously intelligent and honest.
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Once a viral program gets started, there is nothing to stop it.
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The population of the U.S. is nearly 300 million, including many of the best educated, most talented, most resourceful, humane people on earth. By almost any measure of civilised attainment, from Nobel prize-counts on down, the U.S. leads the world by miles.
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I think it's misleading to use a word like 'God' in the way Einstein did. I'm sorry that Einstein did. I think he was asking for trouble, and he certainly was misunderstood.
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Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection.
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To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.
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Something about the cultural tradition of Jews is way, way more sympathetic to science and learning and intellectual pursuits than Islam.
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I have often said that I am a passionate Darwinian when it comes to explaining why we exist.
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We have to find our own purposes in life, which are not derived directly from our scientific history.
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What is illiberal is not persuasion but imposition of one's views.
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The state of Israel seems to owe its very existence to the American Jewish vote, while at the same time consigning the non-religious to political oblivion.
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I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
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I have begun several projects which were never completed, not necessarily because they failed, but because I got interested in other things.
• Richard Dawkins

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