Richard Dawkins takes a trip…

Richard Dawkins takes a trip...

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the esteemed scientist, “What would you like to talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said Mr. Dawkins. “How about why there is no underlying intelligence in the universe, evolution is an entirely random occurrence and consciousness is an epi-phenomenon of matter?” as he smirked smugly.


“Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The uncompromising positivist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss the Universal Mind underpinning nature, the guided process of evolution, and that which eludes the experimental method, when you don’t know sh*t?”

And then she went back to reading her book.

One love,


*This is adapted from the “atheist on plane” joke circulating the web.


About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

27 Responses to Richard Dawkins takes a trip…

  1. tubularsock says:

    We need more littles girls like this …………

  2. Henry,
    The girl showed Dawkins that he had no idea how deep he was in the sh*t! Out of the mouths of babes… Forgive me, but the little girl stepped in sh*t and came out smelling like a rose!

  3. ptero9 says:

    Well, at least he admits that he isn’t part of an underlying intelligence of the universe :)

  4. Henry, Wouldn’t you think Dawkins’ mama might have taught him not to speak to strangers? Colloquially speaking, I always thought Dawkins WAS a trip,but maybe that’s just me. Fun, thanks! – Linda

  5. nicjdondon says:

    OMG! So hilarious – Thank you!

  6. weavergrace says:

    I especially enjoyed the images you used. I am greatly amused by such comparisons, and the parallels with the story.

  7. Tusk says:

    Hi Richard. Welcome aboard. Great image and story. Greetings from Portland. tusk

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  9. E.D. says:

    I have several little known fractal videos on my blog.. Not sure where they are right now.. But they are impressive.. :) You may like them… Not sure

  10. E.D. says:

    Sacred geometry and fracals: A post I did two years ago about Chartres, Normany, Fr. – from our visit.. The blog theme has been changed, so some of the posts are not appearing on line as they should. I will
    have to look them over and correct…

  11. E.D. says:

    thanks also for your links to my blog.. I don’t get much in the ways of likes etc. I guess I am not known in W.P. – never mind.. The blog is well attended from google.. :)

  12. i love it… cause I don’t like this guy… barbara

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