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Richard Dawkins Returns to Randolph College

Randolph students, staff, faculty and community members packed Smith Hall Theatre for the event

10/6/2011 9:02:21 AM


LYNCHBURG--Richard Dawkins once again spoke to a full house in Smith Hall Theater Wednesday, October 5. This is Dawkins' second appearance at Randolph College.

Dawkins, deemed "Darwin’s Rottweiler" by Discovery Magazine, discussed his latest book, which is aimed at older children, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True. The book was released October 4, the day before his Randolph lecture.

A British ethologist, evolutionary theorist, and popular science writer, Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, which popularized the gene-centric view of evolution. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2007, Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and held the University of Oxford’s first Chair of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science.

He is the author of 10 additional books, including The Selfish Gene (1976, 2nd Ed 1989), The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), A Devil’s Chaplain (2003), The Ancestor’s Tale (2004), The God Delusion (2006) and The Greatest Show on Earth (2009).

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