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Nt The whole story of Homo sapiens and our predecessor Homo rectus is contained in the thickness of one nail clipping As for recorded history as for the Sumerians the Babylonians the Jewish patriarchs the dynasties of Pharohs the legions of Rome the Christian Fathers the Laws of the Medes and Persians which never change as for Troy and the Greeks Helen and Achilles and Agamemnon dead as for Napolean and Hitler the Beatles and Bill Clinton they and veryone that knew them are blown away in the dust from one light stroke of a nail fileIn my opinion that ualifies as scientific poetry But that s because it takes an idea and sketches it with metaphor and xamples that are accessible and understandable to my way of thinking And Dawkins too often refuses to stoop to that levelFor Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People example consider this uote from astrophysicist Chandrasekhar beauty is that to which the human mind responds at its deepest and most profound Indeed Of course I left out the beginning of the uote which talks about math and 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 a different beauty Does that make my idea of beauty any less valid Dawkins would undoubtedly say Yes Then he d kick me out of his office and grumble discontentedly as he adjusted his suspenders and wandered back to his deskBut when Dawkins DOES lower himself to my level and speak my language he pulls me right in his discussion on coincidence and how in our multi media age we are likely to see a pattern where there is none wasye opening And his fascinating riff on the fact that science is an affront to common sense made me smile in satisfaction For xample very time you drink a glass of water you are imbibing at least one molecule that passed through the bladder of Oliver Cromwell there are many molecules in a glass of water than there are glasses of water in the sea solid matter Zheng Guogu even a hard diamond consists almostntirely of mpty space Another riff that gave me pause was Dawkins take on God s covenant with Abraham He didn t promise Abraham ternal life as an individual But he did promise something Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums else And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply theexceedingly and thou shalt be a father of many nations And I will make thee Forbidden Knowledge exceeding fruitful and I will make nations of thee and 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 average thoughtful humans a bit than Dawkins seems to And if one is going to celebrate the diversity of life one should also celebrate the diversity of ways of looking at life We can t all think like Dawkins It is hubris of Dawkins toxpect all 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 a valid and valuable addition to the layers of awareness that allow us to continually find beauty in our universe But to discount and belittle the other ways of finding beauty was a mistake He should have calculated that in some sort of Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms euation before he published 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 actuallynhance it Put another way good science inspires good poetry The sense of wonder we feel when watching the sun set should if anything be The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick 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 *it reaches us should argue against astrology and is unrelenting against numerology postmodernism and religious fundamentalism Anyone who appreciates Bill Bryson will njoy this book The author gives one of the most cogent xplanations I have read for our propensity to overweight anecdotal statistically insignificant Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns 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 under 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 xploded 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 like verything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL like Genocide of One 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 Nintendo Wii Flash Game Creator's Guide: Design, Develop, and Share Your Games Online 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 you not to attend that meeting on Klingon and 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 this virusThem Well here s the thingMe I ll kill youThem WhatMe I will artf. 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. ,
Ully 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 minute This is me isn t itMe WhatMe I will use your Fallopian tubes as an N95 surgical mask if you try to step out that doorMe whatMe You know how I feel about GiraffesMe WotMe That Dawkins book was great yeaMe I loved itWhat s this book about Well if I had to ncapsulate it in a 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 aspects of our daily reality that most of us fail to apprehend due to what Dawkins calls The Anesthetic of Familiarity an intense beauty that makes the ramblings of mystics and untethered romantics look mbarrassingly uaint by comparison It is all around us and available to anyone 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 a bit about the natural world the scope of its complexity and the thrill of knowing how shit works As an added bonus an appreciation for the time and New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book effort it takes to actually know something will help you better prepare forxistential shocks in the form of pissed off proteins With any luck your willingness to combat dumbfuckery will spread Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat exponentially and lead to a informed society lessnthralled by smoke and mirrors and savvy on the nefarious schemes of microorganisms and garden gnomesThis book is about how the splendor of the natural world beats all that Mickey Mouse Bull Suash people produce out of ignorance prejudice superstition and doing too many whippets so badly that its shoes go flying off with tangential force ual to a supersonic centrifuge filling with nriched pain precipitating out of liuid regret Have you Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set ever seen someone take an ass beating so bad that their shoesnded up on a nearby roof Well let me tell you about 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 a friend who s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don t agree with very well He ll hold up a flower and say look how beautiful it is and I ll agree Then he says I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing and I think that he s kind of nutty First of all the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too I believe Although I may not be uite as refined aesthetically as he is I can appreciate the beauty of a flower At the same time I see much about the flower than he sees I could imagine the cells in there the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty I mean it s not just beauty at this dimension at one centimeter there s also beauty at smaller dimensions the inner structure also the processes The fact that the colors in the flower Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting it means that insects can see the color It adds a uestion does this aesthetic sense alsoxist in the lower forms Why is it aesthetic All kinds of interesting uestions which the science knowledge only adds to the Robot Programming excitement the mystery and the awe of a flower It only adds I don t understand how it subtracts Retrieve your shoes with this book Written a few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves as a useful bridge for anyone familiar with Dawkins s 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 toverything but for the most part I find him genial honorable and good natured and *agree with his approach to verything but for the most part I find him genial honorable and good natured and book ssentially 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 Our Fake Relationship 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 specially 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 "a reputation for In support of this the book is chock full of little tidbits that demonstrate the the legance the chaos and the awe inspiring complexity of the world around us Dawkins The Crown 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 Über Nacht 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 is 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 EVENand they take it ven 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 Dawkins. 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.