Richard Dawkins in discussing his new book, describes creationists thus:
“I don’t think they read books anyway, except for one book”:
Doesn’t that make it difficult for a creationist to read this book without feeling insulted? Won’t that hurt your goal?
No, I’m not really aiming it at creationists. I don’t think they read books anyway, except for one book. It’s aimed at the intelligent layperson who does read books and who vaguely knows a little bit about evolution and who vaguely knows that there are creationists and maybe even vaguely thinks that he’s a creationist himself, but who is curious and wants to know the evidence.
It’s just that the evidence is so enthralling, it’s so exciting. It is so wonderful that here we are on this planet and we understand why we’re here. And it’s just a sort of ecstatic feeling to understand why you exist, and I want to share that feeling with other people.
In spite of his claiming always to appeal to reason and evidence, Dawkins more often than not simply resorts to insulting those who disagree with him, presumably because he believes anyone resistant to the force of his ego is irretrievably lost and unworthy of attention.
The last paragraph of the quote is interesting in that it displays a degree of ecstatic rapture that is normally associated with mysticism, confirming my suspicion that Dawkins is indeed launching a religion. It also enshrines some pseudo-scientific nonsense: science is capable of deducing from evidence whether common descent occurred and what the mechanism was that achieved it. Science can tell us how the material universe functions; it cannot tell us why because “why” implies purpose and science knows nothing of purpose.