Science, Reason and Genetics

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The evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins says your genes care about themselves, not about you. You’re just a vehicle to make more genes.

Some of Richard Dawkins’ many readers have asked him how he gets up in the morning knowing he is nothing but a collection of selfish genes in an uncaring universe. But Richard Dawkins wonders why people consider science so bleakly, thinking it robs life of warmth and worth.

To him, science is filled with wonder, beauty, and awe. Dawkins contends that when Newton explained the prism, he didn’t rob the rainbow of its mystery as the poet Keats complained, he opened the door to the greater wonders of relativity and an expanding universe.

His is a tough-minded view, but he thinks it’s the only one for everyone alive. As he writes in latest book, “we are going to die and that makes us the lucky ones.”

Unweaving the rainbow – in this hour of The Connection.
(Hosted by Christopher Lydon)


Richard Dawkins, author of “Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder.”