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Richard Dawkins complains that a healthy enthusiasm for the unknown is being abused by the media's obsession with the paranormal. To fight back, real science must move from the laboratory into the culture

By prospect   February 1997

Richard Dimbleby lecture (BBC TV)

12th November 1996

aristotle was an encyclopedic polymath, an all time intellect. Yet you know more than he did about the world. You also can have a deeper understanding of how everything works. Such is the privilege of living after Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Planck, Watson, Crick and their colleagues.

I am not saying you are more intelligent than Aristotle, or wiser. For all I know, Aristotle was the cleverest person who has ever lived. That is not the point. The point is only that science is cumulative and we live later.

Aristotle had a…

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