Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins c. 2011.

Richard Dawkins (born 1941-03-26 as Clinton Richard Dawkins) is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and science communicator. He has Masters of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford and has been quite influential in the fields of biology and atheism, and coined terms like "meme" and "extended phenotype."


I became aware of Richard Dawkins in the early 200os, not from his work in biology, but from his work in skepticism and atheism. I've seen him lecture on his book tour for The Magic of Reality, and had him sign a couple of my books. Although I admire Dawkins for his tireless work in the fields of biology, atheism, and critical thinking, he does have a tendency to put his foot in his mouth when speaking off-the-cuff, and then doesn't sufficiently apologize. For example, he mocked Rebecca Watson for suggesting that men shouldn't proposition women when they're in a vulnerable state, and, after he received a lot of flack about it, prevented her from being allowed to speak at the Reason Rally. He also inadvertently supported a white-power group, said universities should not have safe spaces, and so forth. Despite his problems, I still see him as a net force for good.



Title Published Own Rank
The Selfish Gene 1976-??-?? 1
The Extended Phenotype: The Gene As the Unit of Selection 1982-??-??
The Blind Watchmaker 1986-08-29
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life 1995-05-08 US paperback 2
Climbing Mount Improbable 1996-09-30
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion, and the Appetite For Wonder 1998-10-29
A Devil's Chaplain: Selected Essays 2003-02-18
The Ancestor's Tale 2004-09-02
The God Delusion 2006-10-02 US Hardcover 1st edition, signed 4
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing 2008-03-13
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution 2009-09-03 US hardcover 1st edition 3
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True 2011-09-15 US hardcover 1st edition, signed 7
An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist 2013-09-03 5
Brief Candle In the Dark: My Life In Science 2015-09-10 6
Science In the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist 2017-08-08 US hardcover 1st edition
Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide 2019-09-19


Title Published Own Rank
Nice Guys Finish First 1986
The Blind Watchmaker 1987 2
Growing Up in the Universe Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 1991 1
Break the Science Barrier 1996
The Atheism Tapes 2004
The Big Question (part 3, "Why Are We Here?") 2005
The Root of All Evil? 2006 3
The Enemies of Reason 2007 5
The Genius of Charles Darwin 2008
The Purpose of Purpose 2009
Faith School Menace? 2010
Beautiful Minds 2012-04
Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life 2012 4
The Unbelievers 2013



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