“It was not so long ago that scientists were decrying the science popularisation of Carl Sagan, and even today there are some who take issue with Neil de Grasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and others,” said Centre for Inquiry spokesperson Paul Fidalgo, whose organisation is in the process of merging with Dawkins' Foundation for Reason & Science.
“So it’s certainly not a breathtaking revelation that fewer than 40 scientists out of 137 – culled from a pool of over 20,000 – might not be fans of Prof. “What is indisputable is that the work of Richard Dawkins has educated and inspired many millions of people around the world, spanning generations, cultures, languages, and beliefs.
Other scientists did stand up for the evolutionary biologist, and the remaining 20 per cent were positive views.
One said that Dawkins has “quite an important place in society” because of his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.
“I greatly admire EO Wilson & his huge contributions to entomology, ecology, biogeography, conservation, etc.
He’s just wrong on kin selection,” Mr Dawkins wrote on Twitter.
But even scientists who didn’t believe in religion at all said that Dawkins work tended to overestimate the borders of what science can and should examine.
“Scientists differ in their view of where such borders rest,” said David Johnson, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and the paper’s lead author.Unless you start a fight with a Mexican drug lord after you banged his wife and/or deflowered his daughter, you’ll be fine. In the beginning, you are blown away by their flirtatious attitude. Then you slowly drive up a hill until you reach the fourth or fifth date. If you survive the You can travel to Chihuahua, a city up North, and meet beautiful light-skinned Mexican girls with green eyes.Or you can travel to Puebla, a city in the South, and fall in love with a dark-skinned Latina with hazelnut brown eyes.Though Dawkins wasn’t a part of the interview process, and researchers didn’t ask about him, 48 of the 137 British scientists they spoke to mentioned Dawkins.Of those 48 that referenced him, 80 per cent said they thought that Dawkins misrepresents science and scientists in his books and public speeches, according to the study by Rice University, Texas.Dawkins’ particular approach to science communication. His life’s work has been to open our minds to the beauty of science, and to challenge all of us to question even our most closely held beliefs.