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What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

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What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?
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StrangeButTrueUser avatarPosts: 1Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:08 am

Post What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

I have stumbled upon what I believe to be a significant discovery about the works of Richard Dawkins that may bring to light that which goes unsaid by Mr. Dawkins himself. The word "fox" occurs in every single one of Richard Dawkin's books. I will first prove this to you and will later explain why this is important. For brevity's sake, I will give only the first occurence of the word in each book. Readers are encouraged to verify for themselves that what I am saying is true by doing a "Search Inside This Book" search on Amazon.com

  • The Selfish Gene (1976):
    "...a so-called 'distraction display' when a predator such as a fox approached." pg.6
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 11

  • The Extended Phenotype (1982):
    "...'The rabbit runs faster than the fox, because the rabbit is running for his life while the fox is only running for his dinner.'" pg.65
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 8

  • The Blind Watchmaker (1986):
    "...insect, fox, lamp, jumping spider, bat" pg.61
    Total occurences of "fox in this book: 6

  • River Out of Eden (1995):
    "..."Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines"... pg.40
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 2

  • Climbing Mount Improbable (1996):
    "...Bear, man, deer, snake, fox, beaver..." pg.109
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 1

  • Unweaving the Rainbow (1998):
    "...and they may even be shared with desert rats and desert fox." pg.213
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 1

  • A Devil's Chaplain (2003):
    "...an approach from evolutionary genetics' in r. fox..." pg.253
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 3

  • The Ancestor's Tale (2004):
    "...genetic consequences of domestication is given by some interesting Russian work on silver foxes." pg.29
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 11

  • The God Delusion (2006):
    "...When Brer Rabbit gets caught by the fox, he pleads with him..." pg.93
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 11

  • The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008):
    "...The smallest mammal in Spitzbergen is the fox." pg.57
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 1

  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2009)
    "...dogs are modified wolves: not jackals, not coyotes, and not foxes." pg.28
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 12

  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (2011)
    "...If you are a rabbit, a fox is out to get you. If you are a minnow, a pike is out to get you." pg 238
    Total occurences of "fox" in this book: 1

Now, "fox" is a rather uncommon word in English. For it to occur multiple times in every single one of Mr. Dawkin's books, over 35 years mind you, is no coincidence. Richard specifically went out of his way to mention "fox" in every one of his books.

So what could this all mean? It's open to interpretation, of course, but one hypothesis I've figured is quite sinister: take a look at what "fox" is in the Pythagorean number value chart:
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666.

Of course, atheists often do not like such mystical explanations, so what do you think is a good secular explanation for this strange phenomenon? Is Richard Dawkins secretly trying to tell us something?
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:10 am
australopithecusAdministratorUser avatarPosts: 4287Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:27 pmLocation: Kernow Gender: Time Lord

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

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StrangeButTrue wrote:Now, "fox" is a rather uncommon word in English.


No it's not. Fox is a very common word because foxes are very common animals in the UK. I see an urban fox on average about 3 times a week, and I live in the middle of a big city.


StrangeButTrue wrote:Is Richard Dawkins secretly trying to tell us something?


He likes foxes?
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:04 pm
ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5002Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

I too live in a city and see foxes nearly every day. Also, rabbits.

They're as common as roads here (UK).
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Duvelthehobbit666User avatarPosts: 1136Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:39 pmLocation: On a pale blue dot Gender: Male

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

I think it is a subliminal message RD is pressing on us to use Firefox.
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Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

Foxes are good for comparison.
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:17 pm
televatorUser avatarPosts: 1252Joined: Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:02 amLocation: In hell, rocking out with Satan! Gender: Cake

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

Of course, atheists often do not like such mystical explanations...


I think it's kinda fun actually. Like making atheists out to be siths from star wars. There are bounds of reason, but this is too ridiculous to take seriously ATM.

Maybe this explains why I've taken a liking to Satan's web browser (Firefox). Dawkins has been subliminally controlling my preferences. :lol:
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:59 pm
FrengerBloggerUser avatarPosts: 831Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:50 pmLocation: Derby, UK Gender: Male

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

Fox is a rare word? I think your forgetting about the 10-15 years of fox hunting debates we have been having. The word "fox" seemed to pop up a few times during those.
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:04 pm
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ImprobableJoeLime TordUser avatarPosts: 6195Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:24 pm

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

If I were writing the books, I'd probably mention feral cats a bunch.
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:17 am
LaurensSocial EditorUser avatarPosts: 2952Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:24 pmLocation: Norwich UK Gender: Male

Post Re: What is it with Richard Dawkins and foxes?

:lol:

I'm not sure I have much else to say other than that...

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