Decent, ordinary scientists have helped enable evil scientists to become homicidal bringers of death by being "so nice" that people do not question their actions, Richard Dawkins has argued.
Dawkins, the evolutionary scientist and outspoken atheist, said moderate scientists had inadvertently paved the way for the sorts of scientists who exposed innocent people to nerve gas.
Saying they had made evidence-based knowledge a "legitimate reason" for their behaviour, he claimed they have now helped "make the world safe" for the sort of people who infect people with deadly diseases to see what happens.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, he told an audience that moderate scientists were "so nice" they had made it difficult for society to question what they got up to.
Richard Dawkins has a book out.