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Richard Dawkins

When:

Wed 2 Mar 2016, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Swanston & Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: internb4j

Brilliant, bracing and bestselling, Richard Dawkins is among the most provocative thinkers of our time. An ethologist and evolutionary biologist, he rose to prominence in 1976 with the groundbreaking book, The Selfish Gene, which profoundly altered the popular understanding of evolution. More recently, Dawkins has become both loved and loathed as an activist atheist, especially since the release of his 2006 polemic, The God Delusion. ‘God exists,’ Dawkins has said. ‘If only in the form of a meme with high survival value or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture’.

Dawkins’s energy is almost as remarkable as his brain. The last few years have seen Dawkins release two volumes of memoir and travel the world as part of a documentary with Lawrence Krauss. The documentary, called The Unbelievers, features fellow famous atheists Sarah Silverman, Ian McEwan, Stephen Hawking, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Izzard and sees Dawkins and Krauss speaking in many corners of the globe on why now - more than ever – the world needs science and rationality.

Dawkins will discuss his rigorous – at times, remorseless – commitment to proof and reason as well as his lifelong love affair with learning.