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Richard Dawkins gets Twitter hot under the collar with sexy genetics poem

By Jenn Selby

An innuendo-filled poem of magnificently smutty genetic proportions, written by The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins, made its way into the public sphere today.

The famed atheist – and evolutionary biologist – posted a sexy little something for his followers to wake up to on Twitter.

And their reaction to it was – if you could visually wade through the cyber-vom to get to it – predictably amusing.

Of course, Dawkins' love of poetry is nothing new. In fact, his passion for the nineteenth-century romantics, who accused scientists of making nature out to be far less wondrous than it appears, made up part of the central riposte for his 1998 book, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder.

In it, he proposes the idea that the rainbow is no less beautiful having been refracted into its component colours, and that scientific reductionism has allowed human beings to discover a beauty far greater than what the romantics could have possibly imagined had ever existed.

But what, dare we ponder, would Yeats have made of this little number?

Richard Dawkins' Twitter poem

We’ll never know, because the Irish literary great died in 1939.

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