Unfortunately, due to illness, this event will not be going ahead. Those holding tickets have been contacted directly, and will receive a refund for any ticket/s purchased. Richard has informed us that he hopes to renew his plans to visit Australia in the not-too-distant future.
We apologise for the inconvenience, and hope to see you at other Wheeler Centre events.
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, with host Jonathan Green.
Richard Dawkins first catapulted to fame with his iconic work The Selfish Gene (1976) which he followed with a string of prestigious books, the latest of which was part one of his autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder (2013). He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature and the recipient of numerous honours and awards. He remains a fellow of New College, Oxford. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker in Prospect magazine's poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.
Jonathan Green has been a working journalist since the late 1970s. This makes him both very old and reasonably experienced. After an early degree-ending flirtation with public radio, the bulk of Jonathan’s career has been spent in newspapers, beginning with a cadetship at the Canberra Times and taking in a small Cook’s tour of Australian dailies: the Melbourne Herald, the Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, the Sunday Age and the Age. In mid-2015 he was appointed as editor of the literary quarterly Meanjin.
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