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The evolutionary biologist, author, and atheist Richard Dawkins

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Clinton Richard Dawkins is a zoologist (specialising in animal ethology) at Oxford University, England, where he is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He was born in Nairobi in 1941.

He is known for popularising the Selfish gene theory, and the idea of a gene as a unit of selection. He has also developed the sociobiological idea of memetics. He is also a prominent atheist and proponent of Anti-religion.

Dawkins was ranked the 186th most powerful person in Britain by The Guardian in 2000 [1]. He was also voted the most influential intellectual in Britain by Prospect magazine in 2004.

An incident well-known in Creationist circles occurred when a Creationist film team tricked him into giving an interview, then at one point asked him about the information content in the genome. Realising that he had been duped, he refused to answer; this (non-)response was then taken as revealing that the question could not be answered. Dawkins has since responded in an essay, The 'Information Challenge', available in his book A Devil's Chaplain and online. [2] See Dawkins could not give an example of increasing information.

See also: Richard Dawkins/Quotes

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