“Even if we leave Mount Aratat to one side; even if we refrain from lampooning those who take the Noah’s Ark myth literally, similar problems apply to any theory of the separate creation of species. Why would an all-powerful creator decide to plant his carefully crafted species on islands and continents in exactly the appropriate pattern to suggest, irresistibly, that they had evolved and dispersed from the site of their evolution? Why would he put lemurs in Madagascar and nowhere else? Why put platyrrhine monkeys in South America only, and catarrhine monkeys in Africa and Asia only? Why no mammals in New Zealand, except bats who could fly there? Why do the animals in island chains most closely resemble - less strongly but still unmistakably - those on the nearest continent or large island? Why would the creator put only marsupial mammals in Australia, again except bats who could fly there, and those who could arrive in man-made canoes? The fact is that, if we survey every continent and every island, every lake and every river, every mountaintop and every Alpine valley, every forest and every desert, the only way to make sense of the distribution of animals and plants is, yet again, to follow Darwin’s insight about the Galapagos finches: ‘One might really fancy that from an original paucity… one species had been taken and modified for different ends.’”—Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show On Earth: Evidence for Evolution (via anonymousatheist)
awesome that there is a richard dawkins blog... i certainly appreciate it. seriously i love this man like you wouldn't believe. he's just so amazingly brilliant not to mention a total cutie. anyhow, thanks for doing this. ♥♥♥
Thank you for the nice message. I love getting positive feedback on the blog, sometimes it’s hard to find anything related to Richard Dawkins on the internet but messages like these make me want to search that extra bit harder!
I'm 16 and I live in Bosnia. I think reading Dawkins's The God Delusion has definitely put my knowledge of English to the test but I've read it and can safely say that Richard has helped me understand science and religion more. I respect him so much, his work and all his effort that he's been putting into atheist campaignes.
Thank you for this tumblr! :)
Pleased to make your acquaintance allthatgarbage. Thank you for the message, I’m sure it will make many people who follow this blog smile; including me! :)
It’s great that you’re reading Richard Dawkins, I wish I had found him at the age of 16, it would have replaced many years of religion with reason.
This is officially the best message I have had so far. Thank you so much for dropping by!
I see you removed the notice at the top of the page. I commented earlier as anonymous because I didn't want to follow and immediately seem like a critical dick. I've been in a lot of atheist readings lately and the idea of atheism being in any way taboo has really bothered me. Letting go its status as taboo is the biggest step towards a god-free future. Thanks again for the blog.
That’s quite alright, anonymous is there for a reason. I never try and hide that I’m an atheist nor should anyone else. I completely agree with you, there is no reason for it to be a taboo and yes I have removed the ‘warning’. I put the notice there when I first started the blog and when you mentioned it I realised how irrelevant it was. That’s why I hastily removed it.
I really like this blog, but why do you note that "this blog contains material that may offend"? It seems like your apologizing for the gall behind an atheists beliefs, as if there should be some appeasement to religious people. I don't believe that you should apologize for this material, I'm sure Dawkins would not. Still, I love this site.
It wasn’t me apologising, just a forewarning to the religious nutjobs to keep away. I can remove it if you like, anon? :)
Letter to his daughter is one of the best thing I have ever read-
Thank you so much for sharing!
I remembered him mentioning it in one of his documentaries and thought it would inspire people. It’s a heartwarming read and something I would definitely consider doing, when and if I ever have children.
Richard Dawkins letter to his ten year old daughter
To my dearest daughter,
Now that you are ten, I want to write to you about something that is important to me. Have you ever wondered how we know the things that we know? How do we know, for instance, that the stars, which look like tiny pinpricks in the sky, are really huge balls of fire like the Sun and very far away? And how do we know that the Earth is a smaller ball whirling round one of those stars, the Sun? The answer to these questions is ‘evidence’.
Sometimes evidence means actually seeing (or hearing, feeling, smelling….) that something is true. Astronauts have traveled far enough from the Earth to see with their own eyes that it is round. Sometimes our eyes need help. The ‘evening star’ looks like a bright twinkle in the sky but with a telescope you can see that it is a beautiful ball – the planet we call Venus. Something that you learn by direct seeing (or hearing or feeling…) is called an observation.