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This is exactly the kind of thing Templeton is ceaselessly angling for recognition among real scientists and they use their money shamelessly to satisfy their doomed craving for scientific respectability. They tried it on with the Royal Society of London, and they seem to have found a compliant Quisling in the current President, Martin Rees, who, though not religious himself, is a fervent 'believer in belief'.
Richard Dawkins (23 March 2010), Shame on the National Academy, retrieved on 2013-04-11 
on the US National Academy of Sciences hosting the announcement of the 2010 Templeton Prize

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