Richard Dawkins, born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1941, taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. His interdisciplinary fluency in fields ranging from ethology to software has made him someone closely watched not only by fans of his popular books but by his scientific peers, ranging from the late Stephen Jay Gould to Steven Pinker to Roger Penrose.
He has won many awards and prizes, most notably the International Cosmos Prize in 1997 and the Kistler Prize in 2001. He has honorary degrees in literature and science and is a fellow of the Royal Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
His previous books include THE SELFISH GENE, THE EXTENDED PHENOTYPE, THE BLIND WATCHMAKER, for which he won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles Times Literary Prize, RIVER OUT OF EDEN, CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE, UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW, and A DEVIL'S CHAPLAIN. Dawkins was also the guest editor of THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING 2003.
Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
During their discussion Bill Moyers and Richard Dawkins refer to the 1964 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by historian Richard Hofstadter, ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM IN AMERICAN LIFE. "Intellect is resented as a form of power or privilege," Hofstadter remarked, tracing the disdain for intellectuals to the fervent religious revivals of the 18th century in America through to the McCarthyite fervor of the 1950s.
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