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Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, with himself as the inaugural lecturer. The 1991 lecturer was Richard Dawkins whose five one-hour lectures, originally televised by the BBC, are now available for the first time on DVD, courtesy of RDF. (more) (less)

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Richard Dawkins, noted biologist, atheist, and Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University (and recently voted one of the worlds top three intellectuals) has won the Author of the Year Award from the British Book Awards for his book The God Delusion.


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The shortlist stage provoked a spat between two eventual winners. They were the atheist scientist Richard Dawkins, Readers Digest author of the year for The God Delusion, and the comedian Peter Kay, whose The Sound of Laughter won Amazon biography of the year. Dawkins was quoted as deriding Kay, whom he thought had written of believing in God because he found the notion comforting. But in a letter to the Guardian, Dawkins said he had been set up by a "hired publicity machine" and apologised.

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Richard Dawkins reads excerpts from The God Delusion and answers questions at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006. This Q&A features many questions from Jerry Falwell's Liberty "University" students. In Richard's tour journal he says:

"Many of the questioners announced themselves as either students or faculty from Liberty, rather than from Randolph Macon which was my host institution. One by one they tried to trip me up, and one by one their failure to do so was applauded by the audience. Finally, I said that my advice to all Liberty students was to resign immediately and apply to a proper university instead. That received thunderous applause, so that I almost began to feel slightly sorry for the Liberty people. Only almost and only slightly, however."

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