Richard Dawkins is known for his fierce defense of evolution and challenges to religion
9/27/2006 2:10:50 PM
LYNCHBURG – Richard Dawkins, deemed "Darwin’s Rottweiler" by Discover Magazine for his fierce and effective defense of evolution, will give the free Philip Thayer Memorial Lecture at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre. Dawkins will discuss his new book, The God Delusion, and in his direct, logical style challenge religion in all its forms. The lecture is open to the public, and public seating is on a first come, first served basis.
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. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first publication of this landmark book.
He currently holds the Charles Simonyi Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, and has taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University.
The author of numerous books and articles, Dawkins's awards have included the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London (1989), the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award (1990), the Nakayama Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1990), The International Cosmos Prize (1997) and the Kistler Prize (2001). He has Honorary Doctorates in both literature and science, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
The Wall Street Journal said Dawkins’"passion is supported by an awe-inspiring literary craftsmanship." The New York Times Book Review has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too."
Prospect Magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky).
Among his previous books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil’s Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
For more information about The God Delusion, please visit: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/catalog/titledetail.cfm?titleNumber=689776
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