Please shut up and stop telling rape victims what kind of rape is the worst

“Dawkins is right. He just is. Getting raped in an alleyway while having a knife held to your throat is worse than being taken advantage of while inebriated at the end of a date.” So says my colleague Brendan O’Neill, in response to Richard Dawkins’s characteristically unhelpful comments about rape. I know it is ridiculous…

Why science is better than history

We all want to understand how the world works. Or I assume we all do. I certainly do. That’s why we read non-fiction books. Books that explain the world. Books about the life of Charlemagne, about the run-up to the First World War, about relativity or evolution. It’s one of the great joys in life,…

Is there such a thing as a ‘Muslim child’?

The Times reported at the weekend that the “Muslim birthrate” is significantly higher than the British average, and that “Almost a tenth of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim.” Richard Dawkins then wrote a letter to the newspaper, saying that “Babies and toddlers are too young to know what they think about…

Please be quiet, Richard Dawkins, I’m begging, as a fan

I really don’t want to write this piece. I have long worshipped Richard Dawkins and sort of wish I’d never started following him on Twitter because it’s ruining all my happy memories of The Blind Watchmaker. But, I mean, come on. He’s just tweeted the following: All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than…

Why the primordial soup may be an alien concoction

[ooyala id=”d2bjQyMzqTtD2MLbtm5_Q8BR_Ho0JFtb” ] The discovery of ‘extremophiles’ strengthens the theory that life was ‘delivered’ from other planets In August, Nasa’s Curiosity rover, the largest and most expensive robot ever to be sent to the surface of another planet, will arrive on Mars. It has several goals, including studying the climate and geography of the Red…

Sadly, Jamie Redknapp is literally correct

Oh, I know, I know. “David Silva literally floats around the pitch”; “In his youth, Michael Owen was literally a greyhound.” “That’s not what ‘literally’ means, you dolt,” the snobbish middle-class football fan (me) screams at his television as Jamie Redknapp, patron saint of literalism, abuses the word once more. But, sadly, Jamie Redknapp is…

Richard Dawkins is an agnostic? Well, obviously

Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous atheist (© all newspapers) is, it turns out, an agnostic! What a climbdown! Not so cocky now, eh, professor? In a debate with the magnificently eyebrowed Archbishop of Canterbury, the great evolutionary biologist said that he can’t be certain that God doesn’t exist, and that he would call himself…