English Summary/英文概要： Richard Dawkins for many years held the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. Yet, as a scientist, hes behind the times, argues Fern Elsdon-Baker.
Richard Dawkins is one of the most recognisable living scientists in the world. In the public perception of evolutionary theory, it often seems as if Dawkins has become more associated with Darwinism than Charles Darwin himself. However, in recent years he has been left behind by changes in the way science thinks about evolutionary processes.
Dawkins was not actually a Professor of Biology but a Professor for the public understanding of science. The very first line of The Extended Phenotype reads, this is a work of unabashed advocacy not the rational argument of a scientist. Dawkins himself acknowledges that this would not be accepted in a scientific journal. So why is it for a popular science book?
He has used his position to publicly attack unreason, in the form of organised religion, pseudo-science, or new age folly. This polarized representation of science is potentially fuelling the feud between Darwinism and Creationism.
Fern Elsdon-Baker, a rational pro-science atheist and specialist in the history and communication of evolutionary theory, finds Dawkins influence distinctly worrying. She argues that Dawkins is publicly misrepresenting Science as a whole and asks is Dawkins really acting to popularise Science or to popularise Richard Dawkins?
Chinese Summary/中文概要： Richard Dawkins被世界公认的科学家之一。他比达尔文本人还要熟悉达尔文进化论，他虽然不是真正的生物学教授，但是他知道什么是真正的科学。在本书中他抨击了伪科学，宗教和新世纪愚蠢的不合理性。引起了一场进化论和神造论激烈地讨论。作者是一位历史专家，无神论者，她对DAWKINS提出了疑问，他是普及科学还是为了出名？(RY)