Richard Dawkins

1941 -

A Quote by Richard Dawkins on truth


"when two sides disagree, the truth may not necessarily lie partway between them: it's possible for one side to simply be wrong"

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

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A Quote by Richard Dawkins on all atheist, gods, and atheism

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

Source: "The Root of All Evil"

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A Quote by Richard Dawkins on faith and evidence

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

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A Quote by Richard Dawkins on challenging religion and religion

Religion ... has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. What it means is, 'Here is an idea or a notion that you're not allowed to say anything bad about; you're just not. Why not? - because you're not!'  If somebody votes for a party that you don't agree with, you're free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it.  If someone thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it.  But on the other hand is somebody says 'I mustn't move a light switch on a Saturday', you say, 'I respect that'.
Why should it be that it's perfectly legitimate to support the Labour party or the Conservative party, Republicans or Democrats, this model of economics versus that, Macintosh instead of Windows - but to have an opinion about how the Universe began, about who created the Universe ... no, that's holy? ... We are used to not challenging religious ideas but it's very interesting how much of a furore Richard (Dawkins) creates when he does it!  Everybody gets absolutely frantic about it because you're not allowed to say these things.  Yet when you look at it rationally there is no reason why those ideas shouldn't be as open to debate as any other, except that we have agreed somehow between us that they shouldn't be.

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

Source: The God Delusion, Pages: 20..21

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A Quote by Richard Dawkins on agnosticism, garden, and respect

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

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A Quote by Richard Dawkins on accidents, birth, doubt, music, and religion

No doubt soaring cathedrals, stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth.

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

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A Quote by Richard Dawkins on cruelty, evil, good, indifference, kindness, learning, nature, purpose, and suffering

Nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous - indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

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