Mimosas and atheism: Richard Dawkins comes to Kepler’s Books

More than 100 audience members gave a standing ovation at a reading by world-renowned scientist and stalwart atheist Richard Dawkins at Kepler’s Books on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4. While people sipped mimosas provided by Kepler’s, Mr. Dawkins read from his book, “A Brief Candle in the Dark,” the second volume of his memoirs and answered questions. The sold-out event was moderated by David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners in Menlo Park. Mr. Cowan described the impact Mr. Dawkins’ earlier works had on him when he was younger and more religious, an experience shared by a number of those in attendance. Gina Figliozzi from Sunnyvale, who had studied Mr. Dawkins’ work in college, said, “You should be free to ask any questions that you want.” Mr. Dawkins, she said,…

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