Gervais & Dawkins in Conversation

Multi award-winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and actor Ricky Gervais will be presented with this year’s Richard Dawkins Award. The RD Foundation campaigns to remove the influence of religion in science education and public policy, and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds atheism and non-belief.

The Richard Dawkins Award has been presented annually since 2003. Past winners have included philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, activist and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and actor and writer Stephen Fry.

The award will be presented at the beautiful Grade II-listed Art-Deco venue ‘Troxy’ in London’s Limehouse district on September 3rd. The event that follows will be an unscripted conversation between Gervais and Dawkins, in which everything is on the table and nothing is sacred. They will be joined by host, best-selling author and professor of psychology, Richard Wiseman.

Tickets for this unique and stimulating event are available now.

Gervais & Dawkins in Conversation

Multi award-winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and actor Ricky Gervais will be presented with this year’s Richard Dawkins Award. The RD Foundation campaigns to remove the influence of religion in science education and public policy, and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds atheism and non-belief. The Richard Dawkins Award has been presented annually since 2003. Past

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The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction William H. Brock OUP ISBN: 9780198716488 This may be a short history, but it offers fascinating insights into the development of a very hard-won field of knowledge. The first chapter, nicely entitled On the Nature of Stuff, outlines the early days of chemistry and considers its relationship

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This Idea Must Die

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Heretics! – Steven Nadler & Ben Nadler

The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern PhilosophyPrinceton University PressISBN 9780691168692 Any cartoon-loving philosopher will be sympathetic to a book such as this, a handsomely-produced romp through the lives and thoughts of major thinkers from Bacon to Voltaire. This is obviously not the first time that philosophical ideas have been presented in graphic format, but

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Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft

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