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Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University...

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  • Why we need fairy tales

      News Source: New Zealand Infotech Weekly | 12 days ago
    Many moons ago, when I entered teachers' college, I had the great privilege of being taught by master storyteller Jack Lasenby...He wove magic with words, retelling the fairy tales and myths of the ancient world. What he wanted us to understand was
  • Origins of altruism: why Hamilton still rules 50 years on

      News Source: The Conversation | 21 days ago
    Fifty years ago this month, evolutionary biologist William Donald Hamilton published a solution to one of biology's most enduring mysteries: why does altruism exist? Altruistic behaviours are those where an individual helps others at a personal cost.
  • A breed apart: liberal hawks who buoyed Bush

      News Source: Japan Times | 24 days ago
    We are still stuck in 2003, and it isn't (only) George W. Bush's fault (New York Magazine, June 4, 2014) is a laundry list, however partial, of those in the liberal Establishment who enlisted in the stampede that would slaughter many hundreds of
  • Media Shocked to Learn "Christian" Metalcore Band Frontman Is Atheist

      News Source: Gawker | 1 month ago
    Sure, they never came out and said "Jesus" or "God" in their songs, but they talked a lot about being Christian rockers and got themselves a following. Who knew that it was all a ploy by godless capitalist screamo dudes just to sell records? "In a
  • How authors from Dickens to Dr Seuss invented the words we use every day

      News Source: The Guardian | 1 month ago
    So who introduced such gems as cojones, meme, nerd and butterfingers? Paul Dickson Wordsmiths: Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway are all the surprising sources of some of our everyday words. Allstar/Guardian montage
  • Cara Delevingne: 'I'd love to punch a photographer, I dream about it at ...

      News Source: Guardian Unlimited | 1 month ago
    I felt like a doll for so long.' Photograph: Neilson Barnard/WireImage It seems fair to say that the launch of a Sky Arts show seldom attracts this much attention. Outside the central London hotel where two episodes of Playhouse Presents are about to
  • Readers recommend: songs about narcissism

      News Source: The Guardian | 1 month ago
    Roy Garner/Rex Features "You're so full of yourself!" said the Russian doll to the mirror, as more Russian dolls appeared, reflecting on how the thing we're most interested in is perhaps ourselves. That may be the case, but self-absorbed behaviour
  • Angelina Jolie Defends Santa Claus

      News Source: What Would Tyler Durden Do | 1 month ago
    At a recent symposium the vehemently anti-religious and award winningly boring Dawkins questioned whether children should be taught to believe in fairytale bullshit and should instead be raised with a spirit of skepticism. Dawkins sees a slippery

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