“One of the things we’ve all met is the accusation that we are strident or arrogant or vitriolic or shrill. What do we think about that?”—Richard Dawkins
British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who served as Oxford University’s professor ‘for public understanding of science’ until 2008, is one of our most frequently recommended authors on Five Books (see our expert interviews below). Rising to public prominence with his book, The Selfish Gene, he is now as well known for his public advocacy of atheism, also a very popular subject on Five Books. In this new book, introduced by the always interesting and entertaining Stephen Fry, we can read the transcript of his 2007 discussion with other prominent atheists: Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris. The conversation took place in Washington DC and the video of it, which you can see here, went viral. As the title says, they are The Four Horsemen of modern atheism.
Interviews where books by Richard Dawkins were recommended
The Selfish Gene
by Richard Dawkins
Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution
by Peter J. Richerson & Robert Boyd
Guns, Germs and Steel
by Jared Diamond
The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
by Joyce Marcus & Kent Flannery
The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition
by Michael Tomasello
What role did culture play in human evolution? Why did human brains get so big so quickly? When and why did inequality first emerge in human society? Harvard professor and author Joe Henrich picks some of the best books for understanding ‘cultural evolution.’
Evolutionary biologist, Jerry Coyne, tells us why Darwin is still essential reading and sifts the vast amount of more recent writing on evolution for books that are both inspiring to scientists and accessible to general readers. He picks the best books on evolution.