Richard Dawkins presented his lecture ‘Purpose of Purpose’ to a packed crowd of thousands in McCasland Field House, Oklahoma last week – a talk which addressed the issues of ‘archeo purpose’ (something derived from years of natural evolution, such as birds tail adapted to flight) and ‘neo purpose’ (something designed for a specific purpose, such as a plane).
After the talk, Richard took questions from the floor, and the topics of conversation quickly switched to morality and religion. The evening wrapped with a warm round of applause from the audience – Ben Powlowski, an aerospace engineering student commented:
‘He reaffirmed what I knew he was going to say and also what I believe’.
Richard will have a new book out in September ‘The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution’ which we hope will follow in the footsteps of previous titles ‘The God Delusion’ and ‘The Selfish Gene’.