Evolutionary biologist, outspoken atheist, and author of The God Delusion, The Blind Watchmaker, and The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins this month released a new book, The Magic of Reality: How we know what’s really true.
Ted Burnham interviewed Dawkins for KGNU Radio’s How On Earth. Here’s the full audio of that interview, care of the How On Earth podcast feed:
Aimed at adolescents, the book, which is illustrated by Dave McKean, addresses the myths and science behind questions such as, why do we have night and day? What is the sun? What is an earthquake? and who was the first human?
“It’s important to understand that myths are very numerous. There are lots of them from all around the world. There’s no special privileging of any one myth, such as the Genesis origin myth, and I make that very clear. But, mainly, the book is about science and the magic of reality. It’s supposed to convey the idea that scientific truth is even more magical, in the poetic sense, than magical miracle stories such as you get in myths,” Dawkins said during the interview.
“It’s a science book,” Dawkins said. “It’s not a polemical book. It’s not a book that’s going to threaten any child’s beliefs, or the beliefs of their parents. It encourages children to think for themselves. It also tells them what we know about science and also what we don’t know. It encourages open-mindedness and a desire to seek further knowledge.”