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Richard Dawkins: By the Book [NYT 9/15/13] A Mind Map by The Brain with 156 Legs that lives at

"The Black Cloud" by Fred Hoyle

Plot: illustrates the way discoveries are made more than once in different ways.

Mission of the Richard Dawkins Foundation (US) "Our mission is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering. Our mission is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering."

Charles Darwin: world-renown naturalist and geologist. Biggest contributor to evolutionary theory

Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity by J.P. Moreland

Rated 4.6/5 stars in the area of secularism

Richard Dawkins supports Michael Gove's plan to put a King James Bible in every state school. Dawkins believes that the Bible is a world-class piece of literature that doesn't need to be read to live life, but just read as an example of beautiful early literature.

"The good book should be read as a great work of literature – but it is not a guide to morality, as the education secretary Michael Gove would have us believe."- Taken from this article about Michael Gove's plan to let students read Bibles in school, not just because they are religious.

King James version of bible:is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611

I found an online version of King James Bible here:

"Secularism is the principle of separation of government institutions, and the persons mandated to represent the State, from religious institutions and religious dignitaries."

Separation of Church & State

"There's not one occurrence of the word God, or afterlife, or anything like that. It doesn't attack religion, it's a positive book, there's nothing negative in it. People may think it's against religion – but it isn't."

Ecclesiastes is more of a melancholy book. The book of Ecclesiastes provides a stark example of how relevant the Old Testament can be in today's world. The title of the book comes from the Greek word for "preacher" or "teacher." More on this book is located here…

Science and Secularism


Science and Secularism: The Collaboration


In the bible, Songs of songs, also known as songs of Solomon, is a collection of love poetry. And much like Shakespeare's love sonnets, the poetry in Song of Songs doesn't go from point A to point Z. I know that Richard Dawkins would like to meet Shakespeare if he could, which make sense why he likes to read songs of Solomon. You can learn more about this book here….

Hugh Lofting (1889 - 1947):

Author and creator of Dr. Dolittle

"Avoid Boring People" by James Watson

His biography on the Nobel Prize website as well:

A summary from Amazon:

James D. Watson's Ted Talk on how we discovered DNA:

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel you were supposed to like, and didn’t?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A "modern" version/parody

"Not excited over who married who, or about how rich the characters are"

What is the best book you have read so far this year?

"The Kite Runner" by Khailed Hosseini

The author responds that his favorite book read this year is Daniel Dennett’s “Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. I searched it up and what really interested me was the 7 ideas...

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?

Shakespeare. He was impressed by his humbleness.


Shakespeare: I assume that Richard thinks Shakespeare's work may have been more impactful to society if he studied at Oxford or Cambridge, because they are known as excellent colleges

I think Richard was intrigued by Shakespeare because he invented a new style of writing as well as a new form of sonnets

Shakespeare inspired him, because he influenced the English language so greatly.

Here are links that will lead you to two of his famous pieces Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet Hamlet

Theism: The belief that God exists or that many gods exist, or the belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world. ""

atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist


(1st Response) Obscurantist: n. one with a policy of holding information from the public; one with a style of deliberate vagueness obliqueness in literature

(2nd Response) Luminaries: n. people who are an inspiration to others; people who have achieved eminence in specific fields

(3rd Question) Secularism: n. religious skepticism or indifference; the view that religious considerations should be excluded from public education

(5th Response) Ubiquitous: adj. being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent

(6th Response) Deplorable: adj. worthy of severe condemnation or reproach; woeful; lamentable; wretched; bad

(7th Response) Vocation: n. a regular occupation; an inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; a calling

(8th Response) Pantheon: n. a temple dedicated to all gods; all the gods of the people considered as a group; a public building commemorating and dedicated to the heroes of a nation; a group of persons most highly regarded for a field or endeavor

(10th Response) Salutary: adj. effecting or designed to effect an improvement; remedial; favorable to health; wholesome

(10th Response) Pseudoscience: n. a theory, methodology, or practice that is considered to be without scientific foundation

Sympathetic-adjective 1. feeling, showing, or expressing sympathy Metaphors - noun 1. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. Imagery - noun 1. visually descriptive or figurative language, esp. in a literary work Aficionado - noun 1. a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime.

Childhood influence

Red Strangers by Elspeth Huxley

Childhood Literary Hero

Dr. Dolittle

Books to insist world leaders to read.

Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod

In general, what kinds of stories are you drawn to?

appreciates "novels that pump scientific intuition"

he also enjoys social satire that consists of observations of the way people are and how they talk

Favorite Contemporary Writers and Thinkers

Steven Pinker

Daniel Kahneman

Matt Ridley

Lawrence Krauss

Jared Diamond

Martin Rees

Jerry Coyne

A.C. Grayling

What books would you recommend to an aspiring scientist?

"...These are not their authors’ best books, but they offer memorable hints for success in the vocation of science."

“Advice to a Young Scientist” by Peter Medawar


Synopsis of Richard Dawkins Life.

The Early Years

Richard Dawkins: Background Information

Kenyan born English Kenya-born English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author of several books including "The God Delusion" (for which he is probably best known as an author) and "The Selfish Gene". Also known for introducing the word "meme" into society

You have written several books on science and secularism. What other books on the subject would you recommend?

The Good Book: A Secular Bible by A.C. Grayling

What book are you going to read next?

War and Peace

Read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

What book has had the greatest impact on you?

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausche

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

David Lodge's Humiliation game.

David Lodge's wiki.

Anything you feel embarrassed not to have read?

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

You were born in Kenya and spent your early childhood there. What kinds of books did you read while growing up in Africa?

Okay so I deleted my own work. I have no idea how to get it back.. I'm just going to continue from Geraldine Elliot and we can all play back through to see it.

Geraldine Elliot was an African Folktale writer, popular for her book Where the Leopard Passes.