The man behind the selfish gene, memes, and gerin oil*
Thirty years ago, Richard Dawkins had his first book The Selfish Gene published, and he continues to write one bestseller after the next. Balaji Ravichandran caught up with him in the lead up to the publication of his next book, boldly titled The God Delusion
- By: Balaji Ravichandran
Well, I suppose it is true, to some extent. I'm quite passionate about scientific truth, and I see religion as a competitor to scientific truth. Religion, in my opinion, offers an alternative view of the cosmos and of life, and to that extent it is pernicious. In the United States, this is particularly bad, manifesting itself as an outright hostility to biology and evolution.
I vigorously repudiate any charge of fundamentalism levelled against me. I'm very passionate about science and about evolution. But, there is a big difference between being passionate and being a fundamentalist. My passion comes from belief in evidence and is not based on blind faith. A fundamentalist mind is resistant to change. If you produce evidence against evolution, and if I'm convinced by it, by all means I'll change my mind.
The onus is not on the atheist or even the scientist to answer this question.