Saturday, September 15, 2012

All things must pass

We should not seek immortality in reproduction. But if you contribute to the world`s culture, if you have a good idea, compose a tune, invent a spark plug, write a poem, 
it may live on, intact, long after your genes have dissolved in the common pool.

                                                           Richard Dawkins

Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the bodies of other organisms; this concept is presented in his book, The Extended Phenotype.
Dawkins is an atheist, a vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a supporter of the Brights movement. He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, he argues against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he describes evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker. 
He has since written several popular science books, and makes regular television and radio appearances, predominantly discussing these topics. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion—"a fixed false belief". As of January 2010, the English-language version has sold more than two million copies and had been translated into 31 languages.

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  1. A very interesting and intriguing post for the day! Thank you. And thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment -- always appreciated! Have a great weekend!

    1. My pleasure, Sylvia! And many thanks, too :)

  2. I've seen Richard Dawkins on TV a few times but I haven't read any of his books. I'll probably do when I get a chance.

  3. Only recently getting to know about him and his works, bertN.