Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins is a prominent English scientist and atheist. He holds the position of Charles Simonyi Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. He is the originator of the term meme.

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    • 2006-10-13 The flying spaghetti monster: "In a heated interview, the famous biologist insists that religion is evil and God might as well be a children's fantasy."
    • 2005-04-30 The atheist: "Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why God is a delusion, religion is a virus, and America has slipped back into the Dark Ages."

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    • "Root of All Evil?" (title listed as The God Delusion, but that's probably just to get more hits; it actually predates TGD): UK Channel 4 documentary, filmed in Colorado Springs and Israel, showing the innate destructiveness of religion and contrasting with science
      • Part 1
      • Part 2: discusses religion as a virus infecting the young
    Dawkins said, of the title "Root of All Evil?":

    From the start, I didn't like the title. Religion is not the root of all evil, for no one thing is the root of all anything. But I was delighted with the advertisement that Channel Four put in the national newspapers. It was a picture of the Manhattan skyline with the caption "Imagine a world without religion." What was the connection? The twin towers of the World Trade Center were conspicuously present.

    from "The God Delusion", page 1