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The sexiness of ideas

Suddenly people are queuing to see scientists, philosophers, writers. What's afoot?

Debate: Great minds think alike (unfortunately)

RICHARD DAWKINS AND STEVEN PINKER

Letter: Mad scientist

Sir: It is a pity that Richard Dawkins couldn't be bothered to find out what Christianity teaches.

Bryson's America: Warning: do not forget to read this column

I CAME across something in our bathroom the other day which has occupied my thoughts off and on since. It was a little dispenser of dental floss.

Biological spot-the-difference

How do scientists compare one species with another? Richard Dawkins explains

Books: The things we believe

All in the Mind: A Farewell to God

Living cells to be made from scratch

A LEADING EXPERT on genetics is poised to create a totally synthetic life-form using artificial genes - a feat that, if successful, would mark a giant scientific leap forward.

American Association: Geneticist proposes to create life from scratch

Pioneer seeks ethical go-ahead to use man-made genes

The Books Interview, A S Byatt: Sun strokes and inner lights

Northern ice joins southern fire in A S Byatt's luminous tales. Boyd Tonkin meets a word-painter

Sorry Ron, it's not all in the genes

Divinity, like morality, is mostly about sex, and `genes' just a respectable word for horniness

Books: Why D H Lawrence needed tutorials in evolution

Dawkins is absolutely, uncontroversially right - so why is he so difficult to agree with?

Letter: Heads in the stars

Letter:

Letter: Why flowers?

Sir: Richard Dawkins (Saturday Profile, 17 October) may be a brilliant university teacher but he is a lousy teacher of six-year-olds.

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Today's Highlights

Letter: Now talk to India

Sir: One of the reasons we now have a Labour government is because, when in opposition, the Labour Party abandoned gesture politics in favour of practical, problem-solving policies. Hence, Labour recognised that a world without nuclear weapons would not be achieved through unilateral gestures such as Richard Dawkins suggests (Letters, 19 May), but as a result of complex, sustained and determined multilateral negotiations.
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