Obscurantism to the Rescue

  title={Obscurantism to the Rescue},
  author={Richard Dawkins},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={397 - 399}
  • R. Dawkins
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Philosophy
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
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