An English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. With his book The Extended Phenotype (1982), he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
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Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Tom with guest Richard Dawkins, one of the leaders of a group of thinkers promoting rationality and the scientific method in an era where supernatural thinking appears to be gaining steam. In this episode, Dawkins describes the awe and wonder that scientific investigation can induce, discusses the history of time, and talks about how important it is to pursue the truth. This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory University. Check out Impact Theory University at: http://bit.ly/ImpactTheoryUniversity2 SHOW NOTES:   Richard explains why truth is evolutionarily important [0:37] Richard advocates believing in evidence to avoid the echo chamber effect [1:36] Why are some people attracted to mystical answers and supernatural nonsense? [3:41] Is occasional self-delusion healthy? [4:53] Richard talks about how astronomy and astrology both tap into awe, but only one is true [6:31] Richard describes the motivation behind Outgrowing God [8:19] Richard describes the wonders of natural life [9:44] Richard shares his journey to becoming a scientist [12:38] Richard debunks the idea of intelligent design [14:37] Richard explains the history of life, and how recently human beings appeared [18:03] Richard and Tom discuss cultural adaptation [20:10] Richard strongly advocates investigating reality, and skeptical rationality [25:08] Richard and Tom discuss mentalists, conjurors, and magicians [26:00] Richard and Tom discuss whether a scientific worldview will lead to a more fulfilled life [29:55] Richard advocates that we create the purpose in our life [32:42] Richard and Tom discuss the biology of emotions, love and beauty [33:48] Richard explains how we know that evolution is real [36:24]   FOLLOW RICHARD: WEBSITE: www.richarddawkins.net INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/33s2c8U FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/33oxPQF TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2JXxOeU
Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science until 2008. Richard joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his draw to science, his theory on evolution and the lack of language diversity in English cultures. Dax admits he has been a fan of Richard since college and Richard declares what shows he’s watching on Netflix. The two talk about atheism, the evolutionary cause of death and the distortion of objectivity due to human filters. 
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins. They discuss the strangeness of the “gene’s-eye view" of the world, the limits of Darwinian thinking when applied to human life, the concept of the extended phenotype, ideologies as meme complexes, whether consciousness might be an epiphenomenon, psychedelics, meditation, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.
Richard Dawkins, FRS FRSL is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. His latest book "Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide" is available now.
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4 hours, 22 minutes