Survival can become a challenging task in the wild - especially if you're smaller or slower than your possible predators. This is why many animal species have developed different ways to camouflage themselves throughout the course of evolution. Here...
Richard DawkinsAnimal camouflage provides perhaps the most spectacular examples of power of Darwinian selection
Yet, so often, symmetry gives the game away. Why doesn’t selection favour asymmetry? Is there some embryological constraint making asymmetry hard to achieve?
Female MPs have been forced to move house and hire bodyguards as tensions over Brexit fuel intimidation and abuse, The Times can reveal. Some MPs have been bullied into changing their position on...
Richard DawkinsBoth Tory & Lab MPs threatened with death for opposing Brexit
Jo Cox was actually killed. Even just opposing NO-DEAL Brexit earns Yvette Cooper this: “I’ll kill your kids & grandkids”
Such extremism is tip of snarling iceberg that is the deeply divided UK
'I just could not endure any more,' says pregnant teenager
Richard DawkinsShe’s 19, old enough to know better, yet “has no regrets.” “When I saw my first severed head in a bin it didn’t faze me at all. It was ... an enemy of Islam.” Now she wants us to take her back into UK.
President also wrongly claims Democrats' environmental proposals would mean 'you're not allowed to own cows anymore'
Trump’s rally was in El Paso County Coliseum, which holds 11,000 max. Trump claimed 35,000. He said Mr O’Rourke’s rally drew only 200 or 300 people. Police estimate 10,000-15,000. Why does this man lie & lie & lie again? Because his fans don’t care.
The president is refusing to change his schedule despite criticism over what sources characterize as easy time.
Richard Dawkins“Most productive president in modern history”
I’ve never clearly understood postmodernism, maybe because postmodernists don’t either. I think their “truth” is not evidence-based but “whatever feels right to you.”
So Is Trump the first Postmodern President?
The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Catherine Nixey, Lalla Ward, Macmillan Digital Audio: Books
Richard DawkinsListening to audio book: Catherine Nixey’s excellent The Darkening Age, on horrors of early Christian vandalism.
Read by Lalla Ward.Yes of course I’m biased, but gosh she reads well. Beautiful voice, intelligent comprehension, passionately expressive.
By placing wild mice in large outdoor enclosures, an ambitious team of scientists has illustrated the full process of natural selection in a single study.
Richard DawkinsRowan Barrett’s neat experiment.
Released tagged & DNA-tested mice in mouse-proof experimental plots in Nebraska with different soil colours. After 3 months found natural selection in favour of fur colour matching soil colour! Looked at genes involved.
Please watch videos in order. A good understanding of high school math and physics is required. [Thanks to Jessica Collins for showing me this.]
Richard DawkinsThis is unspeakably beautiful:
The fact that some elite humans (not I) can understand this makes me proud to be human. How is it that a brain shaped by natural selection for hunter/gathering on the African savanna can learn to do advanced mathematics?
Richard DawkinsFrance has regular Dr checks for all under 6 – hence far more successful FGM prosecutions. In UK “cultural sensitivity” makes people “reluctant to intervene” bbc.in/2Dfujwu
Well to hell with “cultural sensitivity”.
If your “culture” includes FGM, get a better culture.
Richard DawkinsFor years I’ve enjoyed chairing the annual Darwin Day Lecture in London. This year the wonderful Alice Roberts, new President of Humanists UK, is chairing it & I’m giving the lecture myself: “Taking Courage from Darwin to Fight the Hubris of Faith.”
John Freeman interviews Professor Jung at his home in Switzerland. (Theme music: excerpt from Les Francs-Juges by Berlioz) An earlier interview from 1957 (fu...
Richard DawkinsCG Jung said the moment he became conscious (aged 10!) was like walking out of a mist bit.ly/2t2Q6Cy
Maybe because I was 2, not 10, I can’t remember suddenly becoming conscious. Can you?
I doubt Jung. I doubt that it’s a sudden event in either development or evolution.
For the first time ever, this riveting documentary shows a wonderland in Ilam where rare reptiles are living. The film shows these exotic species trying to s...
Richard DawkinsDon’t be put off by the unpleasantly-voiced commentary (where are you, David Attenborough?)
This spider-mimicking snake is one of the most exquisite, finely-tuned products of Darwinian selection you’ll ever see.
Louisville’s Swaminarayan Temple was defaced with black graffiti, including xenophobic and anti-Hindu messages.
Richard DawkinsThe Bible vouches it. What God hates above all else is rival gods. As Jonathan Miller wittily pointed out, God’s self-proclaimed jealousy reminds us of nothing so much as a maniacally jealous spouse. His followers’ sacred duty is to destroy God’s rivals
Native to central and southern Europe, the amphibious alpine newt breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land. This timelapse video from the Dutch director Jan van IJken...
Richard DawkinsExquisite time-lapse film of complete embryonic development from zygote to completion.
The mother of a three-year-old girl has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation.
Richard DawkinsFinally, a UK conviction for this disgusting child abuse, which is lamentably widespread here
(And please could those incapable of comparative judgment avoid derailing the thread with “Male circumcision is just as bad.” It may be bad but it’s not AS bad)
The Civilians will present a staged reading on February 1stand 2nd, hosted by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The play is based on Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola's groundbreaking book Caught in the Pulpit, Leaving Belief...