Archive for March, 2005

An Exchange with Richard Dawkins

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Date: February 6, 2005

Dear Richard Dawkins,

If my name doesn’t ring a bell, I was one of your table companions on the recent “free inquiry” cruise. I have debated whether or not to write you about my theory concerning the role of religion in evolutionary biology and had decided against it, but after watching a C-SPAN discussion led by Steven Pinker in which both your name and the question of the evolutionary value of religion came up, I decided to give it a shot. The reason I am writing to you is that I met you and you are a “great man” in the field of evolutionary biology and one tiny good word from you would lend credibility to my point of view — if you thought it had any merit. I also enjoyed meeting you and thought you were a nice and non-pompous and approachable person — in spite of your considerable stature. And, since I sit down here in Georgia thinking away every day and have few connections in the field which most interests me, meeting you seemed like a gift.