Evolution is fact. That, at least, is what evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins argues, making his case in his new book "The Greatest Show on Earth," which has just been published in German. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with Dawkins about the shortcomings of religion, the grandeur of reality and the God Gene.
Q: Professor Dawkins, your book "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" has just been published in Germany. The German title, though, is "The Creation Lie: Why Darwin Is Right." Are you happy with that?
Recently, Irish lawmakers backed overwhelmingly a ground breaking law that will allow abortion in limited cases in the predominantly catholic countries. This has happened following an outcry over the tragic death of an Indian dentist, Savita Halappanavar after a miscarriage of her. The 31 year old died at Galway University Hospital last October of blood poisoning and subsequent medical reviews indicated that Ireland’s ambiguous anti-abortion laws needed to be clarified.
Why the Ordinance?
National Food Security Bill, 2013, which was introduced in the Parliament could not be passed in the last session. Though it is unusual for a law to be brought out by way of Ordinance, except in case of urgency, before the next session of the Parliament, the party in power has its reasons, because none of the pending legislative work could be taken up because of time lost in the functioning of the Parliament.
Before I say anything, I request all of you present here, not to believe in my words as such and not to get down to act on my words at once. But you should seriously reflect on what I say and consider what is wrong or right in my words. You should accept only those things that appear right in your consideration and get into action on only those things. You should not accept anything because we said it or I said it.
Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai spoke at UN Youth Assembly against terrorism as part of global campaign to put all children in schools. She received accolades from the United Nations for being a blazing symbol of Women’s right to education in a region subject to the harsh diktats of Taliban rule.
In her , on her 16th birthday, since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her nine months ago, told United Nations Secretary – General Ban Ki – Moon and around 1000 students from around the world attending a Youth Assembly at the UN, that education was the only way to improve lives.