Richard Dawkins Sayings and Quotes

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We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.     

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There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point? The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.     

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Science is the poetry of reality.     

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Aquarius is a miscellaneous set of stars all at different distances from us, which have no connection with each other except that they constitute a (meaningless) pattern when seen from a certain (not particularly special) place in the galaxy (here).     

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We, alone on earth, can rebel against the tyranny of the selfish replicators.     

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By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.     

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The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle.     

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Evolution never looks to the future.     

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Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.     

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By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.     

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The truth is more magical in the best and most exciting sense of the word, than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic: the magic of reality.     

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If you don't know anything about computers, just remember that they are machines that do exactly what you tell them but often surprise you in the result.     

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Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.     

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A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.     

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Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones.     

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Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.     

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A good scientific theory is one which is falsifiable, which has not been falsified.     

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Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not.     

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Segregation has no place in the education system.     

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There's a mystical strain in every country, and eclipses are likely to bring that out.     

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All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities.     

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If it is solely an evolutionary convenience, there is really no such thing as good or evil.     

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The idea of an afterlife where you can be reunited with loved ones can be immensely consoling – though not to me.     

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Anybody who objects to cloning on principle has to answer to all the identical twins in the world who might be insulted by the thought that there is something offensive about their very existence. Clones are simply identical twins.     

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Cloning may be good and it may be bad. Probably it's a bit of both. The question must not be greeted with reflex hysteria but decided quietly, soberly and on its own merits. We need less emotion and more thought.     

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By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.     

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False beliefs can be every bit as consoling as true ones, right up until the moment of disillusionment.     

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A good scientific theory is one which is falsifiable, which has not been falsified.     

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The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.     

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The interesting question would be whether there's a Darwinian process, a kind of selection process whereby some memes are more likely to spread than others, because people like them, because they're popular, because they're catchy or whatever it might be.     

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