Richard Dawkins is the former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, a position he held from 1995-2008. A well known biologist and atheist, he's known for his selfish gene theory, his staunch defence of evolution through natural selection and his ...

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Quibble with Dawkins's reasoning on the watch-stopping probability on a psychic audience [closed]

In Unweaving the Rainbow Richard Dawkins mentions the following (famous) reasoning on why it's almost certain that a psychic with a big audience will accurately predict/command rare events like ...
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Is a religious upbringing psychologically damaging to a child? [closed]

On his web-site in 2006, noted skeptic and atheist Professor Richard Dawkins wrote: Odious as the physical abuse of children by priests undoubtedly is, I suspect that it may do them less lasting ...
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Is this conversation between Dawkins and Justin Brierley genuine?

Is the following transcript between Richard Dawkins and Justin Brierley genuine? Justin Brierley: When you make a value judgement don't you immediately step yourself outside of this evolutionary ...
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Is “Lord Privy Seal” a technical term in documentary film making?

Richard Dawkins has claimed many times in public speeches, especially in reference to the documentary “Expelled”, that documentary filmmakers use the expression “Lord Privy Seal” in a disparaging ...
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Do colour-blind people see through certain kinds of camouflage?

I found this claim in Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins. This is the Google Books link to the relevant page. Nobody knows whether or how this benefits them, but it may be suggestive that ...
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Is racism a natural instinct?

It is sometimes claimed that racism could be the result of a natural instinct, something we overcame due to civilization. For example, Charles Miller made that claim in 1999 in the Anomalist. ...
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Do we know why animals have evolved to have sex for reproduction?

I've been reading 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time (2010) and Chapter 10 concentrates on the subject of Sex. The author argues that we do not know ...
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Does evolutionary psychology predict that humans will be more altruistic to those who are similar?

I read that in "The Red Queen" by Matt Ridley. Racism and xenophobes are samples of these behavior. Is this true? And if it's true, how does that work? For example. Evolutionary psychology predict ...