In the light of Sal’s recent post about atheists levelling charges against each other re sex (huh? whodathunkit?), it’s interesting to note that BookTV is interviewing the best known of their number, Richard Dawkins, on his forthcoming book, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. We learn:
Richard Dawkins is the [sic] of numerous books, including The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. He is a professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University and founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
Actually, that position is now held by Marcus du Sautoy. Dawkins has not held the position since 2008. Unless we are missing something here, his forthcoming book is marketed on the basis of something he stopped doing five years ago, after which he has mostly promoted atheism, not science. And when was the last time he published an actual science paper?
Here at UD, we haven’t lost our sense of wonder either, it turns out, and we now wonder whether we will need to find more up-to-date and respectable opponents.