Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles and Richard Dawkins, emiritus fellow of New College, Oxford meet in conversation to discuss Religion.
Jared Diamond originally trained in physiology, his interests have led him to make contributions in the fields of anthropology, geography, ecology and evolutionary biology. Diamond is a prolific author and is best known for The Third Chimpanzee (1991); the Pullitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel (1997); Collapse (2005); and The World Until Yesterday (2012).
Richard Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 bookThe Selfish Gene which was followed by The Extended Phenotype in 1982 before publishing his most popular book The God Delusion in 2006. The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science was founded in 2006. Dawkins is an atheist and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.
Jared Diamond is the 2016 Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Ideas. In addition to this event, you can also hear him speak about The Traditional Assessment of Danger on Wendesday 30th November. Tickets can be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jared-diamond-traditional-assessment-of-danger-tickets-28329668802?aff=es2
Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by the late Lord Weidenfeld , the Programme is managed and funded by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust with the support of a series of generous benefactors.