Richard Dawkins

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In existographies, Richard Dawkins (14- BE) (1941- ACM) (SPE:35|65AE) (RGM:339|1,350+) (PR:1,996|65AE / biologist:16) (FA:214) (CR:210) (LH:5) (TL:215|#41) is an English zoologist, geneticist, and atheist activist, noted for []

Overview

The following are Dawkins main publications, Beg analyzed per "key term" usage; those shown bolded are the top most-employed term for each book:

Publication Chance Mutation Random Blind Accident[1] Luck Non-random
1976 The Selfish Gene (544-pgs) 65 26 21 20 13 10 3
1986 The Blind Watchmaker (345-pgs)[2] 51 63 64 33 26 20 10
1995 A River Out of Eden (192-pgs) 16 15 10 9 8 6 0
1996 Climbing Mount Improbable (352-pgs)[3] 32 64 38 28 25 9 15
2006 The God Delusion (406-pgs) 26 9 10 24 9 10 3

Dawkins, based on key term employment, is thus a: chance-based mutation theorist whose theoretical terms are: random, blind, accident, and luck. We see Dawkins switching up his key term game, depending on what target he is attacking or what idea he is selling.

God

Cover of the 2016 book God vs Chance: Which is the Most Probable Explanation for or Existence, by Marshall Entrekin, which cites Dawkins, and his "chance-based" models, 19+ times.[4]

If he is attacking "god", as seen in River Out of Eden and God Delusion, the mechanism of form change become "chance" instead of "creation". "Chance becomes the new god", as some have paraphrases this logic before.[5]

Selfish genes

One has to remember when reading this, that Dawkins, by education, is a "zoologist". He has no degree in physics, chemistry, astronomy, cosmology, nor has studies thermodynamics. Hence, when we see him selling terms, which he claims apply throughout the "universe", such as shown below, we need to step back and analyze the physio-chemical correctness of what exactly he is claiming. Take the following claims:

“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes [1], blind physical forces [2] and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky [3], and you won’t find any rhyme or reason [4] in it, nor any justice [5]. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose [6], no evil [7] no good [8], nothing but pitiless indifference.”
— Richard Dawkins (1995), River Out of Eden (pg. 131-32) (errors: 8)[6]

Dawkins claims that the "universe" is made of "selfish genes"? Karl Pearson, in his Grammar of Science (1893), however, has already explained that self-moving things are a violation of the principle of inertia, aka the "first law of motion". Dawkins here, in short, is claiming something that is a violation of the laws of motion of the universe, in the name of "pop science".

Quotes

Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Dawkins:

Meslier's Testament is written with frenzied anger that makes Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion (2006) seem like a work of reasoned scholarship.”
— Nick Spencer (2014), “Why Aren’t More Americans Atheists?”, Aug 5[7]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Dawkins:

“Comparisons often made of Jesus with Horus, Dionysus, Krishna, etc. Any real scholars out there confirm each one?”
— Richard Dawkins (2013), Tweet on Zeitgeist film, Apr 10 [8]

End matter

See also

  • Dawkins number
  • Dawkins scale
  • Dawkinsian
  • Dawkinsian atheism
  • Dawkinsianism

References

  1. Note: We are listing both "accident" and "accidental" key term counts in sum.
  2. Dawkins, Richard. (1986). The Blind Watchmaker (Amz). Publisher.
  3. Dawkins, Richard. (1996). Climbing Mount Improbable (Amz) (non-random force, pg. #). Publisher.
  4. Entrekin, Marshall. (2016). God vs Chance: Which is the Most Probable Explanation for or Existence (Amz). Peace Brooke, 2019.
  5. Anon. (2018). “My Choice of Apologetics, Part I: Brushing Up on the Classics”, Deliberations at Mimir’s Well, Blog, Jun 8.
  6. Dawkins, Richard. (1995). River Out of Eden (pg. 131-32). Publisher.
  7. Spencer, Nick. (2014). “Why Aren’t More Americans Atheists? Turns out it has nothing to do with Science. And everything to do with Politics” (Ѻ), The Big Idea, Aug 5.
  8. Dawkins, Richard. (2013). “Tweet” (Ѻ), Apr 10.

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