What does Richard Dawkins think about Intelligent Design?

Well then who did create the heavens and the earth?

Why do you use the word “who”? You see immediately beg the question by using the word “who”.

Well then how did it get created?

Well, by a very slow process.

Well how did it start?

Nobody knows how it got started. We know the kind of event it must have been. We know the sort of event that must have happened for the origin of life.

What was that?

It was the origin of the first self-replicating molecule. 

Right, now how did that happen?

I’ve told you we don’t know.

So you have no idea how it started?

No, nor has anyone else.

What do you think is the possibility that intelligent design might turn out to be the answer to some issues in genetics or in directed evolution? 

It could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civilization evolved by probably some kind of Darwinian means to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Now that is a possibility under intriguing humility and I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the at the details of biochemistry molecular biology you might find a signature of some sort of designer.

Wait a second. Richard Dawkins thought intelligent design might be a legitimate pursuit?

And that designer could well be higher intelligence from elsewhere in the universe but that higher intelligence would itself have had to have come about by some explicable or ultimately explicable process. It couldn’t have just jumped into existence spontaneously. That’s the point. 

So Professor Dawkins was not against intelligent design, just certain types of designers such as God.