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Richard Dawkins Suffers Stroke

According to the Sydney Opera House, where he was scheduled to speak soon, Richard Dawkins suffered a small stroke last Saturday. The statement they attribute to Dawkins’ management reads in full:

On Saturday night Richard suffered a minor stroke, however he is expected in time to make a full or near full recovery. He is already at home recuperating. This unfortunately means Richard will be unable to make his planned Australian and New Zealand tour. He is very disappointed that he is unable to do so but looks forward to renewing his plans in the not too distant future.

While we here at Skepchick have been very critical of Dawkins’ recent spate of bigoted comments, we hope that he recovers quickly.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon mstdn.social/@rebeccawatson Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky @rebeccawatson.bsky.social

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  1. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he’d had several unnoticed ones already. The quality of his public statements has gotten so bizarre, so careless, that I’ve suspected some neurological component.

  2. Something has changed in him. And if we don’t accept notions of ‘mind’ existing in the ozone separate from ‘brain’ the question does come up.

    It doesn’t make the bully-posse interwebs stuff excusable. The cringe-worthy pronouncements speak for themselves, and neither Thought Leader Authority, or neurological trouble makes the enraged rationalizations acceptable.

    1. John, it’s demeaning to take what you do like about someone as “them,” but file the things you don’t like as being just a the result of a medical issue. It’s also kind of illogical unless you apply it consistently to all his positions.
      When you do have, for instance, a mental disorder it is obnoxious as all hell when people only take you seriously where you agree and attribute everything else to mental issues rather than engaging you.

    2. His recent spate of unthinking opinions and such can just as easily be attributed to his being an insulated demagogue who started to believe his own good press while attributing his bad press to the bad motives of those criticising him. He certainly has enough fans telling him he is always right.

      That paired with a lack of an immediate filter and an unwillingness to admit incorrectness and Occum’s razor points to his being a Oxford professor, an internet celebrity, and him being set in his ways as being far more likely a cause then any mental problems.

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