Richard Dawkins says he wants evolution to be 'the new classics'

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 08:02 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Accepting an award from the British Humanists Association, Dawkins predicted great things for future scholars of evolutionRichard Dawkins has been the recipient of numerous honours and prizes, including the Kistler Prize, the Shakespeare Prize, a Galaxy National Book Award, and the Michael Faraday Prize.Of course he is also admired as an outspoken atheist. His bestseller, The God Delusion, has outsold all of his other books and it is for his secularism that Dawkins has received his most recent award. At the weekend the British Humanist Association presented him with its Award for Distinguished Services to Humanism. Previous recipients have included Julian Huxley, Philip Pullman and Polly Toynbee.Dawkins opened his acceptance speech by quoting from memory some of Bertrand Russell's essay "Why I am not a Christian"."I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But...

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