Richard Dawkins ´ 8 CHARACTERSThe first half or so was mazing A Guide to A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah and the rest was still really interesting especially the end if not uites exhilarating At the same time you have to remember that even that powerhouse of scientific poetry Carl Sagan had some dry chapters every now Get Social - The Ultimate Online Marketing Guide For Social Good Companies and then Some dryness definitely doesn t make itny less worth the read Natural Stone in the Built Environment and its mildnyway Overall this book was extremely enjoyable Internet Marketing for Smart People and breeze to get through 45 stars will probably be 5 on the reread As Spanked in her Messy Diaper (An ABDL Tale) a person unlearned well okay let s be honest frankly ignorant in science I enjoyed this wide ranging book Dawkins largelychieves his Tales From Underwood aim to show thatn understanding of the science of phenomena can create After the Kiss (Sex, Love Stiletto, a sense of wonder eual to mythic or poetic metaphor with concomitant gain in understanding Malcolm McDonald on Marketing Planning andn increased desire to know still Digital Marketing In A Week and to lookskance Le commerce des fourrures en occident a la fin du moyen-age (2 vol) at delusions thatre unsupportable in light of what we know Starlight Elixirs and Cosmic Vibrational Healing and continue to learn Not every chapter is strong The part on bad science metaphors is nots interesting Authority Affiliate Marketing as the restnd serves simply Using Twitter For Business (Stuff Made Simple Book 4) asn Anatomy of the Orchestra attack on view of evolution on which he disagrees Those well versed in science might find passages to carp How to make Money with Porn at For the interested non scientist this book is engagingnd useful primer on many topics Keats no mean explorer of knowledge in spite of his dismissal of Newton s optics s The Wind on the Heath an unpoetic unweaving of the rainbow would I would bet enjoy this book mightily once he became current with the growth of scientific understanding since his time A weak book from Dawkins Regardless of his ideas being right or wrong he is bad writer Get Up and Do It! and here he is worse than ever He stumbles from the banal to the sublime to the complex to the simple to the popular to thecademic without even noticing that One page you Repeat Performance are reading very important theory Newsjacking and in the next paragraph he goes on telling youbout The Baron Goes Fast (Baron, a trivial thing that has happened to him the day before Sometimes pagesnd pages The Organic City are spent trying to explain something not importantnd then when the important thing comes Dawkins treats it Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary aslready explained Affiliate Marketing Business and leave its thatOther thing he loves to do Giving the Body Its Due and it s just plain bad writing is comparing things one withnother As Hilla Rebay a first step to understand the problem it s ok but he dwells too long on metaphors Ie comparing the human brain to computer He goes on Living Doll and onnd on until there s no use using the metaphor it becomes harder Designing for Magazines and harder to believe in himnd things become ridiculous The worst part is The Wild Side a link he makes between the evolution of the human brain memesnd False Start a tango he cannot forget There s lot of guessing in this book too And some theories Tombland are not that credible His criticism ofstrology His Plaything and other spiritual stuffre or less correct Cuckolded! Taken By My Husbands Bully and it s something important that must bedressed but he can t write Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors a coherent chapter to express his ideas He criticises bit then talk Captain Tsubasa - Tome 29: La renaissance du duo en or ! about other thing then comes very complex but short paragraph then it s Dream Fossil a trivial thinggain etcThere After We Collided (After, are some good moments very few but in short very badly written Thectual science bits in here Web Marketing For Dummies are great Learned heapsbout the workings of light The Undesirables and colour soundnd hearing was even reminded that the idea of superstitious behavior in Online Marketing. animals isttributed to Skinner Hard Cold Winter (Van Shaw, and not sadly my own idea Much geeky excitement experiencedll round by yours truly Dawkins does Neko a fine job of explaining complex ideas clearlynd wellThat s what was good Malice (Conspiracy 365, about Unweaving the RainbowSadly what feels like way than half of the book was spent painstakingly trying torgue people out of believing in Lily (The Mauve Legacy, astrology ghosts remote viewing etc using logicnd scientific fact Its starts bout one third the way in My problem with this is threefold1 Dawkins is ssuming that logic Progressive Consumption Taxation and scientific fact would have persuasive power fornyone believing in what he calls superstition or d hoc magic And really why would it I think believers would be the first to point out that "this sort of thing is beyond the purview "sort of thing is beyond the purview science2 Dawkins ssumes that these deluded people The Clothier Natural Jumping Method are reading his book I can t say for sure but personally I would be surprised if diehard believer in ESP or Two Bunnykins out to Tea astrology would be interested in reading Dawkins explanation of Fraunhofer lines the electromagnetic spectrumnd other fairly hardcore sciencey topics that fill the first third of this book Seems like Falling for Sakura a different sort ofudience So he ends up preaching to the choir nd there is something rather
"uncomfortably self righteous "self righteous this Not to mention dull3 Dawkins I don t mean to be unkind but I can t think of ny other to state the fact embarrasses himself when he wanders out of the world of science Monty and into literaturend the humanities Critiues of the scientific ccuracy of Wordsworth poems or fantasy story by Mark Twain re cringe makingWhat Dawkins doesn t understand "about human psychology is lot I think his whole crusade gainst religion has been "human psychology is lot I think his whole crusade gainst religion has been waste of good scientific mind nd has done lot of damage to the discussion His ggressive dismissive nd disrespectful pproach has only put people on the defensive nd set n unfortunate exampleI was hoping for lot wonder of science Instead I felt like I was getting lectured t length for something I didn t even do What do I care bout strologyAnyhow I was hoping for wonders of science nd less railing Disappointing Better books on science nd wonder that I d recommend One of the Goodreads reviews on this book relates simply that the writer of the review had been on cruise ship with the uthor prior to reading the book When she DID read the book she regretted that she didn t do some kind of small violence to his person while on the cruise with himIn many ways that sums up my take beautifully This was the most interesting book I ve ever despised Certainly I have brain not suited to the exigencies of science But when he wasn t losing me in web of convoluted explanation he was was looking down his nose t me like curmudgeonly professor who is inordinately piued that n verage undergraduate had the udacity to drop by during office hours nd sk stupid uestionThat said I learned lot nd while I did not become convert to his thesis that science can be s beautiful s poetry I will dmit that were my brain suited to the beauty of say probability I would have been in ecstasy while perusing the pages of this tome In discussing how we discover our world we rrived by being born nd we didn t burst conscious into the world but ccumulated wareness gradually through babyhood The fact that we slowly pprehend our world rather than suddenly discover it should not subtract from its wonder And maybe that s where he lost me I haven t ccumulated enough wareness to see what he sees And to believe what he believes But condescension does not encourage me to become ware It encourages me to shrug nd go back to my music or my poetry or my philosophy All of that said there were several ha moments some I never knew that before ha some I never thought bout it that way before ha nd Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors s Keats contended Did he in other words diminish beauty Far from it says cclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern stronomy nd to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology Mysterie. Ome I had totally forgotten bout that ha Like his nalogy bout how expansive the earth s past is Fling your rms wide in n expansive gesture to span ll of evolution from its origin t your left fingertip to today t your right fingertip All the way cross your midline to well past your right shoulder life consists of nothing but bacteria Many celled invertebrate life flowers somewhere round your right elbow The dinosaurs originate in the middle of your right palm nd go extinct round your last finger joint The whole story of Homo sapiens nd our predecessor Homo erectus is contained in the thickness of one nail clipping As for recorded history s for the Sumerians the Babylonians the Jewish patriarchs the dynasties of Pharohs the legions of Rome the Christian Fathers the Laws of the Medes nd Persians which never change s for Troy nd the Greeks Helen nd Achilles nd Agamemnon dead s for Napolean nd Hitler the Beatles nd Bill Clinton they nd everyone that knew them re blown way in the dust from one light stroke of nail fileIn my opinion that ualifies s scientific poetry But that s because it takes n idea nd sketches it with metaphor nd examples that re ccessible nd understandable to my way of thinking And Dawkins too often refuses to stoop to that levelFor example consider this uote from strophysicist Chandrasekhar beauty is that to which the human mind responds t its deepest nd most profound Indeed Of course I left out the beginning of the uote which talks bout math nd how it relates to nature That s not beautiful to me I understand why it s beautiful to those whose brains process math differently But my brain does not work that way My mind responds to different beauty Does that make my idea of beauty ny less valid Dawkins would undoubtedly say Yes Then he d kick me out of his office nd grumble discontentedly s he djusted his suspenders nd wandered back to his deskBut when Dawkins DOES lower himself to my level nd speak my language he pulls me right in his discussion on coincidence nd how in our multi media ge we re likely to see pattern where there is none was eye opening And his fascinating riff on the fact that science is n ffront to common sense made me smile in satisfaction For example every time you drink glass of water you re imbibing t least one molecule that passed through the bladder of Oliver Cromwell there re many molecules in glass of water than there re glasses of water in the sea solid matter even hard diamond consists lmost entirely of empty space Another riff that gave me pause was Dawkins take on God s covenant with Abraham He didn t promise Abraham eternal life s n individual But he did promise something else And I will make my covenant between me nd thee nd will multiply thee exceedingly nd thou shalt be father of many nations And I will make thee exceeding fruitful nd I will make nations of thee nd kings shall come out of thee Abraham was left in no doubt that the future lay with his seed not his individuality God knew his DarwinismThat is what I was looking for in this book Someone with the title Professor of the Public Understanding of Science should really like verage thoughtful humans bit than Dawkins seems to And if one is going to celebrate the diversity of life one should lso celebrate the diversity of ways of looking t life We can t ll think like Dawkins It is hubris of Dawkins to expect ll of us to try And to belittle us when we fail Rather he could have made his case for why his way of thinking is valid nd valuable ddition to the layers of wareness that llow us to continually find beauty in our universe But to discount nd belittle the other ways of finding beauty was mistake He should have calculated that in some sort of euation before he published Dawkins Makes A Strong Case For Those makes strong case for those us who believe that scientific literacy not only does not have to come t the price of esthetic ppreciation but can ctually enhance it Put nother way good science inspires good poetry The sense of wonder we feel when watching the sun set should if nything be enhanced if we re ware of the physics of light reaching our retina the 93 million miles the light had to travel to reach us the bility of the light to t times be refracted into
A Rainbow Etc Science Can Also Correctrainbow etc Science can lso correct poetry or metaphors he does good job of showing why n understanding of the rbitrary positio Have you ever while sheltering in space time under threat of belligerent snippet of information enclosed in flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain nd tried to derive from first principles how it is that rainbow forms Trying to discard ll the things you ve learned bout droplets of moisture nd the refractive index of light Imagining how you d interpret the phenomenon from position of scientific ignorance For me this brought to mind two things First that Keats should ve had his testicles rtfully tied into balloon nimal nd smacked cross the forehead so hard that his shoelaces exploded Second this conversation that I had recently with friend who was thinking bout ttending large social gatheringMe Don t do itThem I feel like everything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL like everything will be okay That s little consolation for those of us who choose to engage with reality Facts don t care bout your feelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You re proceeding off the ssumption that facts exist s free floating rationales independent of human minds nd that we re creatures primarily motivated by reason When in fact research indicates just the opposite So in very real sense facts do care bout my feelings nd if they can t cohabitate then guess what gets jettisonedMe Alright wiseass You gree that reasoning backwards is not good So this is nother one of those pointless exercises you re so "Fond OfThem But The Data "ofThem But the data been politicized If you think those numbers re inerrant then I have bridge to sell you And listen it s trade off between economic loss nd loss of life nd I think feelings have great deal to say bout proper governance in that situation Score nother one for feelingsMe I didn t say we shouldn t have fucking feelings As matter of fact I m dvocating gainst loss of life by telling you not to ttend that meeting on Klingon nd its pplications to erotic role playing I m only making case for responding intelligently to situation of extreme uncertainty I don t think we have perfect information But what information we do have makes very clear that you re dumb shit if learning how to say Can I play Pterodactyl when I m bout to go In Klingon is important than slowing the spread of this virusThem Well here s the thingMe I ll kill youThem WhatMe I will rtfully tie your testicles into balloon nimal nd smack you cross the forehead so hard that your shoelaces explodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I feel. S don't lose their poetry because they re solved the solution often is beautiful than the puzzle uncovering deeper mysteries With the wit insight nd spellbinding prose that have made him best selling uthor Dawkins takes up the most important nd compelling topics in modern science from stron. About String TheoryMe WotThem I thought of hidden dimensions when you mentioned balloon knotsMe WHATThem A Calabi Yau manifold specificallyMe Wait minute This is me isn t itMe WhatMe I will use your Fallopian tubes s n N95 surgical mask if you try to step out that doorMe whatMe You know how I feel bout GiraffesMe WotMe That Dawkins book was great yeaMe I loved itWhat s this book bout Well if I had to encapsulate it in flimsy lipid membrane I d say it s something like ATCG But if I felt oddly compelled to share my thoughts with strangers on the internet I d say something like There is deep beauty hidden within the seemingly mundane spects of our daily reality that most of us fail to pprehend due to what Dawkins calls The Anesthetic of Familiarity n intense beauty that makes the ramblings of mystics nd untethered romantics look embarrassingly uaint by comparison It is ll round us nd vailable to nyone motivated by genuine curiosity to utter perhaps the hardest phrase in the English language I don t know And from there you can begin to learn bit bout the natural world the scope of its complexity nd the thrill of knowing how shit works As n dded bonus n ppreciation for the time nd effort it takes to ctually know something will help you better prepare for existential shocks in the form of pissed off proteins With ny luck your willingness to combat dumbfuckery will spread exponentially nd lead to informed society less enthralled by smoke nd mirrors nd savvy on the nefarious schemes of microorganisms nd garden gnomesThis book is bout how the splendor of the natural world beats ll that Mickey Mouse Bull Suash people produce out of ignorance prejudice superstition nd doing too many whippets so badly that its shoes go flying off with tangential force eual to supersonic centrifuge filling with enriched pain precipitating out of liuid regret Have you ever seen someone take n ss beating so bad that their shoes ended up on nearby roof Well let me tell you bout the first time I took the Lord s name in vain Actually no Let me share this bit with you from my Science Daddy Richard Feynman I have friend who s n rtist nd has sometimes taken view which I don t gree with very well He ll hold up flower nd say look how beautiful it is nd I ll gree Then he says I s n rtist can see how beautiful this is but you s scientist take this ll part nd it becomes dull thing nd I think that he s kind of nutty First of ll the beauty that he sees is vailable to other people nd to me too I believe Although I may not be uite s refined esthetically s he is I can ppreciate the beauty of flower At the same time I see much bout the flower than he sees I could imagine the cells in there the complicated ctions inside which lso have beauty I mean it s not just beauty t this dimension t one centimeter there s lso beauty t smaller dimensions the inner structure lso the processes The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to ttract insects to pollinate it is interesting it means that insects can see the color It dds uestion does this esthetic sense lso exist in the lower forms Why is it esthetic All kinds of interesting uestions which the science knowledge only dds to the excitement the mystery nd the we of flower It only dds I don t understand how it subtracts Retrieve your shoes with this book Written few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves s useful bridge for nyone familiar with Dawkins s theist output but unfamiliar with his scientific titles His critics often like to portray him s rrogant hectoring or that other old chestnut shrill nd overly bsorbed with the cold clinical pplication of the scientific method Well he may not be cuddly nd "I MAY NOT AGREE WITH HIS APPROACH TO EVERYTHING "may not gree with his pproach to everything for the most part I find him genial honorable nd good natured nd this book essentially non religious celebration of life nd the scientific method displays his warmth nd humanity in bucketloads s it reveals how greater understanding of science enlarges rather than diminishes our sense of wonder This was enlightening beautifully written nd highly recommended I know I will read it gain Enjoyed this book lot especially the chapters on how humans delude themselves or llow others to delude them including newspapers that include strology columns That seems very fitting for todays world where politicians yell fake news if they don t like the story bout themselves The final chapter is really great s well bout memes nd language I would love to praise Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion nd the Appetite for Wonder s layman s introduction to the wonders of science The premise of the book is that the scientific view is not the bleak nd cold perspective that it has reputation for In support of this the book is chock full of little tidbits that demonstrate the beauty the elegance the chaos nd the we inspiring complexity of the world round us Dawkins endeavors to make science real to us to seduce us with its simplicity to floor us by making the massive tangible nd to tantalize us with the beautiful intricacy that can be seen if you just have the understandingSadly I can lso describe this book s long nd
Rambling Rant About The Bountifulrant bout the bountiful varied thorns in Richard Dawkins side Sure I share the pain of many of those thorns But even to me his litany
Of Complaints Eventually Startedcomplaints eventually started feel like the mean spirited nit picking of cantankerous old manIt is tricky to strike balance between providing harsh criticism of bad ideas while still being respectful to the people who believe them And yet this is challenge that skeptics should be uniuely well suited for I never cease to be mazed when skeptic work explains the natural human fallacies that tend to lead to particular faulty conclusion nd the mechanism in our brains that make the belief ppealing nd intuitive then in the next paragraph have the udacity to call people who have made these entirely reasonable mistakes idiots or charlatansExcepting perhaps the small choir of skeptics that Dawkins is preaching to we ll know someone who holds scientifically unsound belief Even most generally pro science people hold one or two personal superstitions Nobody ppreciates their friends nd family members mocked or ccused of malicious intent nd they take it even less kindly when the name calling is pointed their way It is tragic irony that this is what leaves people with bad taste in their mouth leading to the very nti science sentiments that Dawkins is trying to preventI wish I could recommend this book to friends I would love to be ble to say Read this nd maybe you will begin to see why being n theist is not depressing s you re imagining but in fact wondrous nd hopeful But I would be shamed for friend to read this book nd be subjected to witnessing the cruel ridicule dished out by Dawkin. Omy nd genetics to language nd virtual reality combining them in landmark statement of the human ppetite for wonder This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write brilliant ssessment of what science is nd isn't tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.