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Science in the Soul

Richard Dawkins Interviewed by Nick Higham

Sunday, 18 March 2018

12:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

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One of the world’s most talked-about scientists Professor Richard Dawkins discusses the passion for science and clear thinking that runs through his new collection of essays and polemics spanning 30 years, Science in the Soul.

Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and well known for his popular science books, including The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. He is a noted atheist, and The God Delusion contains a passionate rebuttal of religion of all types. In the introduction to Science in the Soul, he calls for reason to take centre stage and for people to not take their gut feelings into a voting booth whether or not they include darker prejudices such as xenophobia and misogyny. The essays decry, among other things, bad science, religion in schools and climate-change denial. They also express Dawkins’s wonder and awe at the natural world.

Dawkins is a fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.

Here he talks to Nick Higham, who became the BBC’s first media correspondent when he joined in 1988. He is now a wider BBC correspondent and a former presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine