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Richard Dawkins

Author of The God Delusion

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About the Author

Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, show more astronomy, and evolution. His books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, The God Delusion, and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion (2006) 16,618 copies
The Selfish Gene (1976) 10,577 copies
The Blind Watchmaker (1986) 6,236 copies
Climbing Mount Improbable (1996) 2,041 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Editor — 793 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003 (2003) — Editor — 234 copies
God's Utility Function (1995) 60 copies
The Extended Selfish Gene (1976) 53 copies
The Pocket Watchmaker (1996) 16 copies
The God Delusion Debate (2010) 13 copies
The "Alabama Insert" (2013) 6 copies
Has Science Buried God? (2010) 5 copies
EVOLUCIÓN 2 copies
Hall of Mirrors 2 copies
Tinbergen Legacy (1991) — Editor — 2 copies
Root of All Evil (2007) 2 copies
On the Origin of Species (2007) 2 copies
The Unbelievers (2015) 1 copy
Science and faith (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Salmon of Doubt (2002) — Afterword, some editions — 6,460 copies
The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (1981) — Contributor — 2,763 copies
The Descent of Man (1871) — Introduction, some editions — 1,547 copies
The Meme Machine (1999) — Foreword — 1,192 copies
Darwin (Norton Critical Edition) (1970) — Contributor — 642 copies
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas (2009) — Contributor — 350 copies
A Brief History of Science (1609) — Contributor — 99 copies
Imagine There's No Heaven: Voices of Secular Humanism (1997) — Contributor — 90 copies
Attack of the theocrats! (2012) — Foreword — 89 copies
Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World (2006) — Foreword — 57 copies
Not One More Death (1741) — Contributor — 49 copies
Inside Nature's Giants (2011) — Foreword — 14 copies
Fresh Air: Faith, Reason and Doubt (2008) — Contributor — 9 copies
Elders : interviews with Andrew Denton (2010) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Hard Problem [theatre programme] — Contributor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Dawkins, Richard
Legal name
Dawkins, Clinton Richard
Country (for map)
England, UK
Nairobi, Kenya
Places of residence
Nairobi, Kenya
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Oxford University (Balliol College|BA|1962)
University of Oxford (PhD|zoology|1966)
biologist (show all 7)
atheist activist
Ward, Lalla (wife)
Tinbergen, Nikolaas (Doctoral Advisor)
Grafen, Alan (student)
Ridley, Mark (student)
Dawkins, Marian Stamp (ex-wife)
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
British Humanist Association (Distinguished Supporter)
National Secular Society
Humanist Society of Scotland
International Academy of Humanism
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (show all 7)
Oxford University
Awards and honors
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (1997)
Los Angeles Times Literary Prize (1987)
Michael Faraday Award (1990)
Nakayama Prize (1994)
Kistler Prize (2001)
International Cosmos Prize (1997) (show all 19)
British Book Award (Author of the Year ∙ 2007)
Zoological Society of London Silver Medal (1989)
Finlay innovation award (1990)
Humanist of the Year (1996)
Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic (2001)
Bicentennial Kelvin Medal (2002)
The Dawkins Prize from Balliol College is named in his honor
Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award (2007)
Shakespeare Prize (2005)
Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2006)
Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World (2007)
The Richard Dawkins Award from the Atheist Alliance International is named in his honor
Royal Society (2001)



new book: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins in philosophy discussions (March 2020)
Group read: "The god delusion" in Pro and Con (November 2014)
The atheist John Gray on the atheist Richard Dawkins in Let's Talk Religion (November 2014)
GROUP READ - The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins in 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (August 2014)
Dawkins for the beginner in Happy Heathens (May 2014)
The Ancestor's Tale in Evolve! (February 2013)


Yup the magic is there and it is real.
BBrookes | 24 other reviews | Dec 2, 2023 |
All stuff in here that I have for the most part, come across before, but presented in some novel ways and mercilessly unforgiving to creationism. The best titbit I found was a brilliantly elegant description of cell differentiation during division. Now I get it!
BBrookes | 81 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
Should be required reading.
jaylcee | 362 other reviews | Nov 26, 2023 |
If you want a flashback to naughts era internet atheism this book is for you. Dawkins dresses up an atheism that is really just a critique of Christianity. Islam is mentioned and judaism is implicated by default talking about the OT, but the arguments used all circle the Christian idea of God and especially those of US protestants. The same hill internet atheism died on after intelligent design-creationism was defeated, unable to move the criticism onto other religions or countries.
Very tired old arguments are recycled, much of it amounting to "did you ever notice the Bible says some crazy stuff" or "these bronze age stories don't jive with science". A more general appeal to science & secularism is made, often cribbing or quoting from other luminaries like Dennett, Sagan or Pinker. A big section is devoted to his familiar stomping ground of evolution versus creationism.
Is it too hard on this book to say it's all been covered better before? Even by Dawkins himself. Why read this when you could pick up his previous, better books?
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A.Godhelm | 7 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |



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