Let Dawkins Speak

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This is a petition to reverse the Hist's cancellation of Richard Dawkins' planned address.

Richard Dawkins is a renowned philosopher, biologist and author who has made major contributions to the field of evolutionary biology with his works "The Selfish Gene" and "The Extended Phenotype". He is also an outspoken critic of organised religion and has garnered a reputation as one of the world's most prominent atheist intellectuals. 

The Hist's decision to prioritise the "comfort" of its members over debate and discourse is an outrage of the highest order. This ludicrous decision contradicts the fundamental idea of a debating society and deprives the student body of the opportunity to both engage with and challenge the views of one of the most prominent intellectuals of the 21st century. Not only does this damage the reputation of the Hist, but is also an abject embarrassment for the college as a whole.

We ask The Hist to reverse this cowardly decision and in the spirit of civil discourse, embrace the age-old tradition of parley, harking back to the time of Sophocles and Plato in fair Hellas.


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