Lot #137
DNA: Francis Crick

"No, I do not believe in God"
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"No, I do not believe in God"

Permission slip signed “Francis Crick,” one page, 8.5 x 14, October 18, 1983, reproducing his letter of April 20, 1983 to Paul Rifkin. The original letter read, in full: "No, I do not believe in God," and reproduces his signature. Below, the authentically signed permission slip reads: "I herewith give Paul Rifkin permission to include this response in his forthcoming book." In fine condition.

Rifkin, posing as a fifth-grade student doing a school project, wrote to notable individuals in a wide variety of fields, posing them all a simple question: 'Do you believe in God?' After receiving responses to his inquiry, he replied to reveal himself and ask for permission to publish their answers. With the approval of many respondents, Rifkin edited a compilation entitled The God Letters, published by Warner Books in 1986. A remarkable piece in which one of the discoverers of DNA—the blueprint for life on Earth—confirms his disbelief in a higher being.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #608 - Ended May 12, 2021

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