“Would you like to talk about Dawkins?” he continues – and when I say yes, he laughs. “I hesitate to do this because he’s such a popular guy, but Dawkins is not a scientist. He’s a writer on science and he hasn’t participated in research directly or published in peer-reviewed journals for a long time. In other words, there is no Wilson-versus-Dawkins controversy: it’s Wilson versus … well, I could give you a goodly list of other scientists doing peer-reviewed research.”
Actually, Dawkins is not even much of a writer on science these days either. He’s clearly more of an atheist activist. I’m not surprised. I never quite bought into that public image of the man who is so deeply devoted to science. I think it is quite instructive to note that when he retired, he had the time and energy and money to pursue his true love and passion. And it wasn’t science. It was atheism.