www.theverge.com - 1 year ago

Richard Dawkins calling Ahmed Mohamed a fraud is everything wrong with Richard Dawkins

On Twitter this weekend, the famed biologist and internet crank Richard Dawkins said that Ahmed Mohamed the 14-year-old who was arrested after a homemade clock he bought to school was mistaken for a hoax bomb had committed fraud by pretending to have invented the clock in question. Even worse, Dawkins went on to speculate that Mohamed engineered the situation for personal gain, suggesting that he perhaps "wanted" to be arrested.

The reaction is typical of Dawkins, seizing upon the tiniest, most irrelevant factual point of order simply to add his voice to the conversation and crowbar in his own agenda. Looking at the evidence on the web (including a video Dawkins linked to), it does seem likely that the clock that got Mohamed...

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