Richard Dawkins Research Paper

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Richard Dawkins also known as Clinton Richard Dawkins was born March 1941 in Kenya where his father was stationed in World War II. In 1949 Dawkins would move back to England and attend Oxford University in 1959 where he would get a Bachelors in Zoology and stay at Oxford for Masters and his Doctorate degree in Zoology as well. During this time Dawkins studied under Nikolaas Tinbergen, soon after he got his Doctorate, Dawkins would teach at the University of California for two years before going back to teach at Oxford. Richard Dawkins wrote his first book in 1976 called “The Selfish Gene” where Dawkins tried to argue that natural selection takes place at the genetic level and not on an individual level. Dawkins always introduces the concepts…show more content…
These to Dawkins is not why religion keeps going, but the reason why in it keeps going is his ideas of “memes” and the gullibility of people. The idea of why “memes” are able to keep religions alive is that these ideas, songs and writings are sometimes very similar and leap from brain to brain with the ideas of who “God” is or whatever divine idea then morphs or mutates much like genes do. This is a part of the reason why Dawkins has such a negative image of religion, to Dawkins the idea of God came out of this “pool” of the troubling questions of life and providing a plausible answer to each one. This concept also includes the negative places religion brings such as hell and the idea of hell fire, and is very effective in religious observance of these things. This is how faith has evolved into what it is, faith means blind trust and with the ideas of God being omnipresent, all loving, and all powerful has come from these memes evolving over…show more content…
Dawkins main argument towards religious leaders is much like scripture where people follow certain ones they deem good while avoiding bad examples such as Charles Manson. Dawkins has tried to disprove the most in his life is the church's views on evolution. Evolution is the idea that humanity has evolved from creatures before them and all other living things have done the same over time. This theory is backed by science; and is far from what Christianity claims which is the story of creation. Dawkins has had many scientific breakthroughs in his life, with the concept of memes and having his foundation where he was able to give scientist the funding they needed to further their research. Dawkins also has based his theology mainly off proofs of science and predominantly attacks Christianity with his atheistic ideas. His scientific discovery of how memes have involved culture and transformed different ideas into what it is today has lead him into a theology that isn’t theology at all but anti theology that mainly attacks the Abrahamic religions and trying to disprove them. Which has gotten him many critiques over the years from many theologians but Dawkins has gotten a large amount of a following particularly from many famous atheists and other atheists to get them to talk about what they believe and help with
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