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The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.


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RICHARD DAWKINS
The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible. Not only should we not get our ...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Ev...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, li...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Earlier than about 10,000 years ago, all human populations were hunter gatherers. Soon, probably non...
RICHARD DAWKINS
I've never been the sort of firebrand that I've been made out to be. I'm actually quite ...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off.

Note: Dawkins was...
RICHARD DAWKINS
I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history.
RICHARD DAWKINS
I do feel visceral revulsion at the burka because for me it is a symbol of the oppression of women.
RICHARD DAWKINS
Even those who do not, or cannot, avail themselves of a scientific education, choose to benefit from...
RICHARD DAWKINS
My thoughts, my beliefs, my feelings are all in my brain. My brain is going to rot.
RICHARD DAWKINS
Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but the...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Any teaching of falsehoods in science classes should certainly be identified and stopped by school i...
RICHARD DAWKINS
I think looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the po...
RICHARD DAWKINS
A good theory explains a lot but postulates little.
RICHARD DAWKINS
I certainly would absolutely never do what some of my American colleagues do and object to religious...
RICHARD DAWKINS
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous pl...
RICHARD DAWKINS
[Evolution is] a theory in a special philosophical sense of science, but in terms of ordinary laymen...
RICHARD DAWKINS
The obvious objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired. His death will p...
RICHARD DAWKINS
The very large brain that humans have, plus the things that go along with it - language, art, scienc...
RICHARD DAWKINS
The question of whether there exists a supernatural creator, a God, is one of the most important tha...
RICHARD DAWKINS
It is possible in medicine, even when you intend to do good, to do harm instead. That is why science...
RICHARD DAWKINS
DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.
RICHARD DAWKINS
The reason we personify things like cars and computers is that just as monkeys live in an arboreal w...
RICHARD DAWKINS
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its ...
RICHARD DAWKINS
How can you take seriously someone who likes to believe something because he finds it 'comfortin...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Isaac Asimov ofera o ilustrare dramatica: este ca si cum toata materia din univers ar fi un bob de n...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Same religion that saves - Damns You
RICHARD DAWKINS
Selfish genes actually explain altruistic individuals, and to me that's crystal-clear.
RICHARD DAWKINS
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
RICHARD DAWKINS
Einstein was adamant in rejecting all ideas of a personal god.
RICHARD DAWKINS
Even if you believe a creator god invented the laws of physics, would you so insult him as to sugges...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a p...
RICHARD DAWKINS
My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, b...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Bishops sit in the House of Lords automatically.
RICHARD DAWKINS
It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think o...
RICHARD DAWKINS
I think my love of truth and honesty forces me to notice that the liberal intelligentsia of Western ...
RICHARD DAWKINS
If your plane is being hijacked by an armed man who, though prepared to take risks, presumably wants...
RICHARD DAWKINS
A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barb...
RICHARD DAWKINS
I detest 'Jingle Bells,' 'White Christmas,' 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,'...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingle...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Human...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Anybody who has something sensible or worthwhile to say should be able to say it calmly and soberly,...
RICHARD DAWKINS
The interesting question would be whether there's a Darwinian process, a kind of selection proce...
RICHARD DAWKINS
I did a film that's on YouTube of me reading hate mail with a woman playing the cello in the bac...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Don't feel embarrassed if you've never heard of William Lane Craig. He parades himself as a ...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Just as I wouldn't expect a gynecologist to have a debate with somebody who believes in the Stor...
RICHARD DAWKINS
It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is soc...
RICHARD DAWKINS
If you look up at the Milky Way through the eyes of Carl Sagan, you get a feeling in your chest of s...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we tho...
RICHARD DAWKINS
You could give Ar...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Our animal origins are constantly lurking behind, even if they are filtered through complicated soci...
RICHARD DAWKINS
Scientists disagree among themselves but they never fight over their disagreements. They argue about...
RICHARD DAWKINS
As Darwin himself was at pains to point out, natural selection is all about differential survival wi...
RICHARD DAWKINS
It is a lamentable observation that because of the way our laws are skewed toward the plaintiff, Lon...
RICHARD DAWKINS