Richard Dawkins: ‘I think the exceptionalism of humanity needs examining.’ Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty

Richard Dawkins rarely raises his voice. He speaks in a melodious, fatherly tone that undulates between wonder and exasperation. But, make no mistake,(...)

Charles Darwin discovered natural selection.

There are good scientific reasons to think that life exists elsewhere in the universe beyond earth, but how would we recognise alien life if we saw it(...)

‘Why do prominent scientists such as Richard Dawkins still campaign to replace religion with science?’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It has long been predicted that religion will wither away as science spreads globally. This prediction has failed to come true, however, as outlined b(...)

Demonstrators take part in the March for Science in Washington, DC in April              2018.  Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The United States still leads the world in science and technology innovation, even if its current leaders think Boyle’s law is some obscure piece of l(...)

Children prepare for a nativity play: “Religion is filled with fantastical superheroes and stories.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Many of us have been there in darker moments: You hadn’t crossed the threshold of a church in ages but suddenly you find yourself starting a conversat(...)

Surprisingly for a scientist, Richard Dawkins supports his charge on the long-term psychological damage of a religious upbringing with little more than anecdotes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Religion in Ireland is currently under strong and persistent criticism from liberal commentators. One frequently heard criticism is that it is serious(...)

Pilgrims waiting in  Phoenix Park, Dublin for the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has led to calls for a new type of dialogue between religious and non-religious people. Some Catholics claim to b(...)

Prof Richard Dawkins and physicist Stephen Hawking are dismissive of philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Science has been spectacularly successful over the past 500 years in its primary job of investigating how the natural world works. Science is wonderfu(...)

Smoke rises on the Syrian side of the border in Hassa, near Hatay, southern Turkey, as Turkish jet fighters hit People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week a young British woman, Anna Campbell, died while fighting Turkish forces with the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish militia protecting the city of (...)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s mausoleum – the Anitkabir –  was built as a monument to the founder of Turkey. But  is Atatürk’s vision for Ankara now being erased?

The Bayram holiday that in Turkey follows the Muslim holy month of Ramadan sees thousands descend on Ankara to pay their respects to Mustafa Kemal Ata(...)

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