The book was originally called The Fraud Clockmaker
London: Renowned British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, writer and activist for expansion of Twitter character-limit Richard Dawkins has announced that he has just finalised his new book. Talking exclusively to Khabaristan Times, Dawkins revealed that his scientific treatise, which would in all likelihood shake up a lot of our misconceptions about the world and how we see it, will be along the same lines as his 2006 bestseller The God Delusion.
“My hunger for truth led to the initiation of this project, which I hadn’t thought of even a month ago,” Dawkins said. “I’m working on a new book tentatively called The Clock Delusion, which highlights how Ahmed Mohamed’s claims – just like the God of all religions – are supernatural, hence untrue,” he added.
If this is true, what was his motive? Whether or not he wanted the police to arrest him, they shouldn’t have done so https://t.co/LtOFAAmVxK
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 20, 2015
In The Clock Delusion, Dawkins contends that the creator of a patched up clock invention almost certainly does not exist, since such a clock cannot be called an invention. He further states that belief in the creator of such a clock qualifies as a delusion, which he defines as a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence. He is sympathetic to Robert Pirsig’s statement in Lila (1991) that “when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called [Mohamed’s clock].”
@proudgamer8 When is he going to apologise for hoaxing half of America into believing he made a clock?
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) October 14, 2015
Dawkins has argued against creationist explanations his previous works on evolution. In fact the theme of The Blind Watchmaker was that evolution can explain the apparent design in nature. In The Clock Delusion he focuses directly on a wider range of arguments used for and against belief in the creation of a clock by simply taking it out of a case.
“I was originally going to call the treatise The Fraud Clockmaker,” Dawkins told Khabaristan Times. “But my PR guys said that it doesn’t quite have the ring that The Clock Delusion has.”
Dawkins had long wanted to write a book openly against 14-year-old kids, but his publisher had advised against it. By last Sunday, his publisher had warmed to the idea. Dawkins attributes this change of mind to “Barack Obama.”
“I mean I was never invited to the White House despite being a sucker for truth,” Dawkins complained. “And then this Abrahamic deity, I mean Muslim kid, shows up and conjures the clock delusion,” he added.
“That’s when I realised that I really need to get to the bottom of this; which is precisely I do in my coming book.”
Dawkins confirmed that with over 20,000 pages in the treatise The Clock Delusion will be the longer than all of his previous books and essays combined. This is despite him finishing the book in less than a week.
“That’s how passionate I’m about truth. That’s how much I love science.”