Is virusThem Well here s the thingMe I ll kill youThem WhatMe I will artfully tie your testicles into a balloon animal and smack you across the forehead so hard that your shoelaces xplodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I feel about String TheoryMe WotThem I thought of hidden dimensions when you mentioned balloon knotsMe WHATThem A Calabi Yau manifold specificallyMe Wait a min Written a few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves as a useful bridge for anyone familiar with Dawkins few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves as a useful bridge for anyone familiar with Dawkins atheist output but unfamiliar with his scientific titles His critics often like to portray him as arrogant hectoring or that other old chestnut shrill and overly absorbed with the cold clinical application of the scientific method Well he may not be cuddly and I may not agree with his approach to Lehrbuch Der Physiologie everything but for the most part I find him genial honorable and good natured and this bookssentially a non religious celebration of life and the scientific method displays his warmth and humanity in bucketloads as it reveals how a greater understanding of science Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. enlarges rather than diminishes our sense of wonder This wasnlightening beautifully written and highly recommended I know I will read it again Enjoyed this book a lot Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes especially the chapters on how humans delude themselves or allow others to delude them including newspapers that include astrology columns That seems very fitting for todays world where politicians yell fake news if they don t like the story about themselves The final chapter is really great as well about memes and language I would love to praise Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder as a layman s introduction to the wonders of science The premise of the book is that the scientific view is not the bleak and cold perspective that it has a reputation for In support of this the book is chock full of little tidbits that demonstrate the beauty thelegance the chaos and the awe inspiring complexity of the world around us Dawkins Marketing Excellence 3 endeavors to make science real to us to seduce us with its simplicity to floor us by making the massive tangible and to tantalize us with the beautiful intricacy that can be seen if you just have the understandingSadly I can also describe this book as a long and rambling rant about the bountiful and varied thorns in Richard Dawkins side Sure I share the pain of many of those thorns Butven to me his litany of complaints YARN Essentials eventually started to feel like the mean spirited nit picking of a cantankerous old manIt is tricky to strike a balance between providing harsh criticism of bad ideas while still being respectful to the people who believe them And yet this is a challenge that skeptics should be uniuely well suited for I never cease to be amazed when a skeptic workxplains the natural human fallacies that tend to lead to a particular faulty conclusion and the mechanism in our brains that make the belief appealing and intuitive then in the next paragraph have the audacity to call people who have "made these ntirely reasonable mistakes idiots or charlatansExcepting perhaps the small choir of skeptics that Dawkins "these ntirely reasonable mistakes idiots or charlatansExcepting perhaps the small choir of skeptics that Dawkins preaching to we all know someone who holds a scientifically unsound belief Even most generally pro science people hold one or two personal superstitions Nobody appreciates their friends and family members mocked or accused of malicious intent and they take it ven less kindly when the name calling is pointed their way It is a tragic irony that this is what leaves people with a bad taste in their mouth leading to the very anti science sentiments that Dawkins is trying to preventI wish I could recommend this book to friends I would love to be able to say Read this and maybe you will begin to see why being an atheist is not depressing as you are imagining but in fact wondrous and hopeful But I would be ashamed for a friend to read this book and be subjected to witnessing the cruel ridicule dished out by Dawkin. Omy and genetics to language and virtual reality combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write a brilliant assessment of what science is and isn't a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting.
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*was amazing and *amazing and rest was still really interesting specially the The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece end if not uite asxhilarating At the same time you have to remember that American Nietzsche even that powerhouse of scientific poetry Carl Sagan had some dry chaptersvery now and then Some dryness definitely doesn t make it any less worth the read and its mild anyway Overall this book was Art, Culture, and Cuisine extremelynjoyable and a breeze to get through 45 stars will probably be 5 on the reread As a person unlearned well okay let s be honest frankly ignorant in science I Berlioz and His Century enjoyed this wide ranging book Dawkins largely achieves his aim to show that an understanding of the science of phenomena can create a sense of wonderual to mythic or poetic metaphor with a concomitant gain in Understanding And An Increased Desire To Know and an increased desire to know and to look askance at delusions that are unsupportable in light of what we know and continue to learn Not Aristotles Rhetoric every chapter is strong The part on bad science metaphors is not as interesting as the rest and serves simply as an attack on a view ofvolution on which he disagrees Those well versed in science might find passages to carp at For the interested non scientist this book is Blood Runs Green engaging and a useful primer on many topics Keats no meanxplorer of knowledge in spite of his dismissal of Newton s optics as an unpoetic unweaving of the rainbow would I would bet Charting an Empire 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 a bad writer and here he is worse thanver He stumbles from the banal to the sublime to the complex to the simple to the popular to the academic without Colored Property even noticing that One page you are reading a very important theory and in the next paragraph he goes on telling you about a trivial thing that has happened to him the day before Sometimes pages and pages are spent trying toxplain something not important and then when the important thing comes Dawkins treats it as already Desire and Truth explained and leave it as thatOther thing he loves to do and it s just plain bad writing is comparing things one with another As a first step to understand the problem it s ok but he dwells too long on metaphors Ie comparing the human brain to a computer He goes on and on and on until there s no use using the metaphor it becomes harder and harder to believe in him and things become ridiculous The worst part is a link he makes between thevolution of the human brain memes and a tango he cannot forget There s a lot of guessing in this book too And some theories are not that credible His criticism of astrology and other spiritual stuff are or less correct and it s something important that must be adressed but he can t write a coherent chapter to The Exiles Gallery express his ideas He criticises a bit then talk about other thing then comes a very complex but short paragraph then it s a trivial thing againtcThere are some good moments very few but in short very badly written The actual science bits in here are great Learned heaps about the workings of light and colour sound and hearing was Dislocating China even reminded that the idea of superstitious behavior in animals is attributed to Skinner and not sadly my own idea Much geekyxcitement Childerley experienced all round by yours truly Dawkins does a fine job ofxplaining complex "ideas clearly and wellThat s what was good about Unweaving the RainbowSadly what feels like "clearly and wellThat s what was good about Unweaving the RainbowSadly what feels like than half of the book was spent painstakingly trying to argue people out of believing in astrology ghosts remote viewing tc using logic and scientific fact Its starts about one third the way in My problem with this is threefold1 Dawkins is assuming that logic and scientific fact would have persuasive power for anyone believing in what he calls superstition or ad 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 of science2 Dawkins assumes that these delud. Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors as Keats contended Did he in other words diminish beauty Far from it says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology Mysterie. ,
One of the Goodreads reviews on this book relates simply that the writer of the review had been on a cruise ship with the author prior to reading the book When she DID read the book she reg Dawkins makes a strong case for those of us who believe that scientific literacy not only does not have to come at the price of aesthetic appreciation but can actually nhance it Put another way good science inspires good poetry The sense of wonder we feel when watching the sun set should if anything be Cruelty and Laughter enhanced if we are aware of the physics of light reaching our retina the 93 million miles the light had to travel to reach us the ability of the light to at times be refracted into a rainbowtc Science can also correct bad poetry or metaphors he does a good job of showing why an understanding of the arbitrary position of stars light as it reaches us should argue against astrology and is as unrelenting against numerology postmodernism and religious fundamentalism Anyone who appreciates Bill Bryson will Cop Knowledge enjoy this book The author gives one of the most cogentxplanations I have read for our propensity to overweight anecdotal statistically insignificant Cultural Aesthetics eventsMy only gripes about the book were his tendency to assume the reader has as much knowledge of and fondness for Keats and Byron as he seems to have and his apparent impatience for those who lose themselves in their metaphors looking for meaning in random physicalvents I believe only a minority of people can tolerate the anxiety that comes from confronting their smallness in the universe a universe that if it is ruled by a deity does not apparently need to be as Stephen Hawkings so aptly illustrated in a Brief History of Time Have you ver while "Sheltering In Space Time "in space time threat of a belligerent snippet of information nclosed in a flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain and tried to derive from first principles how it is that a rainbow forms Trying to discard all the things you ve learned about droplets of moisture and the refractive index of light Imagining how you d interpret the phenomenon from a position of scientific ignorance For me this brought to mind two things First that Keats should ve had his testicles artfully tied into a balloon animal and smacked across the forehead so hard that his shoelaces Descartes and His Contemporaries exploded Second this conversation that I had recently with a friend who was thinking about attending a large social gatheringMe Don t do itThem I feel likeverything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL like High Tide at Midnight everything will be okay That s little consolation for those of us who choose tongage with reality Facts don t care about your feelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You re proceeding off the assumption that facts Education and Equality exist as free floating rationales independent of human minds and that we are creatures primarily motivated by reason When in fact research indicates just the opposite So in a very real sense facts do care about my feelings and if they can t cohabitate then guess what gets jettisonedMe Alright wiseass You agree that reasoning backwards is not good So this is another one of those pointlessxercises you re so fond ofThem But the data has been politicized If you think those numbers are inerrant then I have a bridge to sell you And listen it s a trade off between conomic loss and loss of life and I think feelings have a great deal to say about proper governance in that situation Score another one for feelingsMe I didn t say we shouldn t have fucking feelings As a matter of fact I m advocating against loss of life by telling you not to attend that meeting on Klingon
*and its applications *its applications rotic role playing I m only making a case for responding intelligently to a situation of xtreme uncertainty I don t think we have perfect information But what information we do have makes very clear that you re a dumb shit if learning how to say Can I play Pterodactyl when I m about to go In Klingon is important than slowing the spread of th. S don't lose their poetry because they are solved the solution often is beautiful than the puzzle uncovering deeper mysteries With the wit insight and spellbinding prose that have made him a best selling author Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science from astron. .