Thu, 19 November 2020

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm GMT

Richard Dawkins on the Meaning of Life

In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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Richard Dawkins has done more than any other scientist to promote and celebrate the origins of life on Earth.

“My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans. That’s never far from my thoughts, that sense of amazement.” – Richard Dawkins

The creator of the word ‘meme’ and of the hugely influential ‘selfish gene’ model of evolution, Richard Dawkins is the epitome of the truly public intellectual – a scientist whose ideas have proven extraordinarily influential both within his own discipline and far, far beyond.

In an exclusive talk for How To Academy drawn from a lifetime of thought and study, followed by an in-depth conversation with Hannah MacInnes, Richard will share his reflections on perhaps the most important and puzzling topic in all of human existence: the meaning of life.

Credit for Richard Dawkins’ Portrait to Frederic Aranda @fredericaranda

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Richard Dawkins

World-renowned evolutionary biologist and author of The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins first catapulted to fame with his iconic work The Selfish Gene, which he followed with a string of bestselling books from the The Blind Watchmaker, to The God Delusion. In 2012, scientists studying fish in Sri Lanka created Dawkinsia as a new genus name, in recognition of his contribution to the public understanding of evolutionary science. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world’s top thinker in Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, podcaster and host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.