Richard Dawkins

03 Oct 1994 12:00

``Darwin's pit-bull.'' (I think that phrase is mine, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone else beat me to it.) Notoriously, a British ethologist, evolutionary theorist and popularizer. I agree whole-heartedly with almost everything of his I read, but this may have something to do with having imprinted on The Blind Watchmaker at the age of fourteen.

His reputation. Evidence that his critics have actually read him. (Once, arguing about sociobiology with some social scientists, I read them the last paragraphs of The Selfish Gene, and their shock when I told them the name of the author was quite gratifying.)