Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and atheist, has questioned online whether the controversial clock supposedly made by a Muslim youth is part of a giant hoax.
Dawkins weighed in on the controversy via Twitter on Sunday and cited a viral Internet video by electronic expert Thomas Talbot who says 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed's clock was not made by him.
"This is simply taking a clock out of its case, and I think probably for provocative reasons, intentionally," Talbot said in the video, which has gotten more than 800,000 views on YouTube, said The Daily Beast.
"When I saw this, I thought, 'We're getting duped here.' Anybody who knows electronics really well needs less than five seconds to know that was a clock taken out of the box," said Talbot.
Dawkins supported Talbot's theory in his Twitter post, noted The Guardian
, and questioned the youth's motives for bringing it to school.
Dawkins said he was only looking for the truth in the Ahmed Mohamed story, which has led to charges of racism and racial profiling after police arrested the youth when they were called by school officials in Irving, Texas.
Dawkins is the author of the books "The Selfish Gene," "The God Delusion" and his memoir "A Sense of Wonder," and a critic of religious belief, according to The Guardian.
On Monday, though, Dawkins appeared to turn his focus to the why the youth was arrested in the first place, but he didn't back down on questioning the teen's motives.
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