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Is Richard Dawkins a good scientist?

Discussion in 'Science and Religion' started by paarsurrey, May 26, 2012.

  1. paarsurrey

    paarsurrey Veteran Member

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    One of our friends here gave an opinion that Richard Dawkins is not a scientist.

    What is your opinion? Please
     
  2. Skwim

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    "Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941), known as Richard Dawkins, is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford,[1] and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.[2]
    Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982 he introduced an influential concept into evolutionary biology, presented in his book The Extended Phenotype, that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the bodies of other organisms."


    Source: Wikipedia
     
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  3. Riverwolf

    Riverwolf Amateur Rambler / Proud Ergi
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    Of COURSE he is. He's a biologist, and from what I understand, a darned good one at that.
     
  4. outhouse

    outhouse Atheistically

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    You are POE

    thats my opinion


    google is your friend, try it sometime.
     
  5. CynthiaCypher

    CynthiaCypher Well-Known Member

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    Great scientist but a rotten human being
     
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  6. outhouse

    outhouse Atheistically

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    I think hes a great human being.


    someone has to fight severe ignorance due to brainwashing at early ages, for the betterment of humanity.



    Its OK for ignorance to hold a sword high and fight to keep our children stupid, but when one man chooses to fight ignorance, he gets a bad rap :facepalm:
     
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  7. A Troubled Man

    A Troubled Man Active Member

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    Why would you want to hear our opinions on that which is obviously a fact?
     
  8. Skwim

    Skwim Veteran Member

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    I gotta agree.[​IMG]
     
  9. A Troubled Man

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    It's funny when folks degrade Dawkins considering he is more interested in mankind and solving it's problems than most here put together.
     
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    F0uad Well-Known Member

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    Hes a good evolution explainer but not a scientist or knows anything from religion he rather criticise something he doesn't know and then when he is in a debate he confirms the religion a real fake..
     
  11. Mestemia

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    this sentence makes no sense as written.
     
  12. Bob Dixon

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    He's an excellent scientist!

    Yeah, memetics can come under fair criticism... but the gene-centred view of evolution makes more sense than pretty much anything else out there.
     
  13. outhouse

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    extreme igorance :facepalm:
     
  14. cablescavenger

    cablescavenger Well-Known Member

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    Nullius in Verba.
     
  15. paarsurrey

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    Dawkins was born in Nairobi, Kenya.[7] His father, Clinton John Dawkins (1915–2010),[8] was an agricultural civil servant in the British colonial service, inNyasaland (now Malawi). Dawkins has a younger sister.[9] His father was called up into the King's African Rifles during World War II,[10][11] returning to England in 1949, when Dawkins was eight. His father had inherited a country estate, Over Norton Park, which he turned into a commercial farm.[8] Both his parents were interested in natural sciences; they answered Dawkins' questions in scientific terms.[12]

    Dawkins describes his childhood as "a normal Anglican upbringing".[13] He was confirmed, and embraced Christianity until his mid-teens, at which point he concluded that the theory of evolution was a better explanation for life's complexity, and ceased believing in a god.[9] Dawkins states: "the main residual reason why I was religious was from being so impressed with the complexity of life and feeling that it had to have a designer, and I think it was when I realised that Darwinism was a far superior explanation that pulled the rug out from under the argument of design. And that left me with nothing."[9]
    He attended Oundle, a Church of England school,[9] from 1954 to 1959. He studied zoology at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was tutored by Nobel Prize–winning ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen, graduating in 1962. He continued as a research student under Tinbergen's supervision, receiving his M.A. and D.Phil.degrees by 1966, and remained a research assistant for another year.[7] Tinbergen was a pioneer in the study of animal behaviour, particularly in the areas of instinct, learning and choice.[14] Dawkins' research in this period concerned models of animal decision-making.[15]

    Richard Dawkins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Clinton Richard Dawkins, born, 1941,Nairobi, Kenya Colony, British, education: MA, DPhil (Oxon), Alma mater: Balliol College, Oxford, Ethologist , Years active, from1967

    Richard Dawkins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    paarsurrey Veteran Member

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    Why an Ethologist is awarded a degree of MA instead of MSc or MS? Any good reason, please.
     
  17. Tristesse

    Tristesse Well-Known Member

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    Religion isn't science, so why bring that up? He is a scientist, and has been for a long time. Unless your definition of scientist involves someone who never speaks negatively about religion, because then there would be very few scientists left in the world if that were the case.
     
  18. Riverwolf

    Riverwolf Amateur Rambler / Proud Ergi
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    His views on religion are extremely skewed, but I've never seen anything to indicate he's a bad person.
     
  19. Tristesse

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    Wow, so, anyone who expresses an opinion contrary to your own would be deemed "a rotten human being?"
     
  20. Skwim

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    It depends on the focus of the curriculum and the thesis. If it's primarily comparative studies, historical, or paper research intensive then a MA would be likely awarded. If it's more hands-on studies then it will probably be an MS. In the US, neither degree is superior to the other.
     
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