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Richard Dawkins: Who Was the First Human?

29 October 2011

We attended a lecture given by Richard Dawkins yesterday. I was lucky to meet him briefly afterwards in the theatre bar and we talked about dinosaurs and the Royal Institution Christmas lecture he gave in 1991. In the lecture he was reading extracts from his new book "The Magic of Reality" an accessible book aimed at children and he described a great thought experiment from the chapter titled: "Who Was the First Human?".

Here's a re-presentation of the same ideas recorded at a reading in New York:

In a Q&A session after the reading on audience member suggested that all schools should have this book on their bookshelves. What a great idea. Maybe I should buy them a copy?


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