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I would love to praise Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the
Appetite Wonder As for as 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 emonstrate the beauty the elegance the chaos and the awe inspiring complexity of the world around us Dawkins 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 beautiful intricacy that can be seen if you just have understandingSadly I can also Flames of the Dark Crystal 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 But even to me his litany of complaints 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 work explains 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 entirely 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 even 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 notepressing 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 One Night at the Lake dished out by Dawkins A weak book from Dawkins Regardless of his ideas being right or wrong he is a bad writer 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 the academic without 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 theay before Sometimes pages and pages are spent trying to explain something not important and then when the important thing comes Dawkins treats it as already explained and leave it as thatOther thing he loves to The Hero Next Door 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 hewells 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 the evolution 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 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 again etcThere are some good moments very few but in short very badly written Dawkins makes a strong case for those of us who believe that scientific literacy not only Ask Me No Questions does not have to come at the price of aesthetic appreciation but can actually enhance it Put another way good science inspires good poetry The sense of wonder we feel when watching the sun set should if anything be 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 rainbow etc Science can also correct bad poetry or metaphors heoes 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 enjoy this book The author gives one of the most cogent explanations I have read for our propensity to overweight anecdotal statistically insig. Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors as Keats contended Did he in other words iminish 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.
Adjusted His Suspenders And Wandered Back To His DeskBut Whenhis suspenders and wandered back to his eskBut when DOES lower himself to my level and speak my language he pulls me right in his Toyota Management System discussion on coincidence and how in our multi media age we are likely to see a pattern where there is none was eye opening And his fascinating riff on the fact that science is an affront to common sense made me smile in satisfaction For example every time yourink 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 even a hard The Perfect Indulgence diamond consists almost entirely of empty space Another riff that gave me pause was Dawkins take on God s covenant with Abraham Heidn t promise Abraham eternal life as an individual But he id promise something else And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly and thou shalt be a father of many nations And I will make thee exceeding fruitful and I will make nations of thee and kings shall come out of thee Abraham was left in no oubt 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 A Seductive Revenge diversity of life one should also celebrate theiversity of ways of looking at life We can t all think like Dawkins It is hubris of Dawkins to expect 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 California Living discount and belittle the other ways of finding beauty was a mistake He should have calculated that in some sort of euation before he published 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 to everything but for the most part I find him genial honorable and good natured and this book essentially a non religious celebration of life and the scientific methodisplays his warmth and humanity in bucketloads as it reveals how a greater understanding of science enlarges rather than So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, diminishes our sense of wonder This was enlightening beautifully written and highly recommended I know I will read it again The first half or so was amazing and the rest was still really interesting especially the end if not uite as exhilarating At the same time you have to remember that even that powerhouse of scientific poetry Carl Sagan had somery chapters every now and then Some Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty drynessefinitely Ryugakusei no tame no Kanji no Kyokasho SHOKYU 300 - Japanese Writing Study Book doesn t make it any less worth the read and its mild anyway Overall this book was extremely enjoyable and a breeze to get through 45 stars will probably be 5 on the reread The actual science bits in here are great Learned heaps about the workings of light and colour sound and hearing was even reminded that the idea of superstitious behavior in animals is attributed to Skinner and not sadly my own idea Much geeky excitement experienced all round by yours truly Dawkinsoes a fine job of explaining complex ideas clearly and wellThat s what was good about Unweaving the RainbowSadly what feels like way than half of the book was spent painstakingly trying to argue people out of believing in astrology ghosts remote viewing etc using logic and scientific fact Its starts about one third the way in My problem with this is threefold1 Dawkins is assuming that logic Have you ever while sheltering in space time under threat of a belligerent snippet of information enclosed in a flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch A Study in Scandal (Scandalous during the rain and tried toerive from first principles how it is that a rainbow forms Trying to Letting it Go discard all the things you ve learned aboutroplets of moisture and the refractive index of light Imagining how you interpret 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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tendency to assume the reader has as much knowledge of and fondness for Keats and Byron as he seemsto assume the reader has as much knowledge of and fondness for Keats and Byron as he seems have and his apparent impatience for those who lose themselves in their metaphors looking for meaning in random physical events 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 eity oes not apparently need to be as Stephen Hawkings so aptly illustrated in a Brief History of Time Enjoyed this book a lot especially the On How Humans Delude on how humans elude or others to Smijurija u mjerama delude them including newspapers that include astrology columns That seems very fitting for todays world where politicians yell fake news if theyon t like the story about themselves The final chapter is really great as well about memes and language As a person unlearned well okay let s be honest frankly ignorant in science I 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 wonder eual to mythic or poetic metaphor with a concomitant gain in understanding and an increased Speer desire to know still and to look askance atelusions that are unsupportable in light of what we know and continue to learn Not 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 of evolution on which he Ultralearning disagrees Those well versed in science might find passages to carp at For the interested non scientist this book is engaging and a useful primer on many topics Keats no mean explorer of knowledge in spite of hisismissal of Newton s optics as 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 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 regretted that she The Ring Of The Dove didn to 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 The Lost Literature of Medieval England despised Certainly I have a brain not suited to the exigencies of science But when he wasn t losing me in a web of convoluted explanation he was was lookingown his nose at me like a curmudgeonly professor who is inordinately piued that an average undergraduate had the audacity to A Curse of Kings drop byuring office hours and ask a stupid uestionThat said I learned a lot and while I Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, did not become a convert to his thesis that science can be as beautiful as poetry I will admit that were my brain suited to the beauty of say probability I would have been in ecstasy while perusing the pages of this tome Iniscussing how we Im a Narwhal discover our world we arrived by being born and weidn t burst conscious into the world but accumulated awareness gradually through babyhood The fact that we slowly apprehend our world rather than suddenly Madame Timide discover it should not subtract from its wonder And maybe that s where he lost me I haven t accumulated enough awareness to see what he sees And to believe what he believes But condescensionoes not encourage me to become aware It encourages me to shrug and go back to my music or my poetry or my philosophy All of that said there were several aha moments some I never knew that before aha some I never thought about it that way before aha and some I had totally forgotten about that aha Like his analogy about how expansive the earth s past is Fling your arms wide in an expansive gesture to span all of evolution from its origin at your left fingertip to today at your right fingertip All the way across your midline to well past your right shoulder life consists of nothing but bacteria Many celled invertebrate life flowers somewhere around your right elbow The Girl, Woman, Other dinosaurs originate in the middle of your right palm and go extinct around your last finger joint The whole story of Homo sapiens and our predecessor Homo erectus is contained in the thickness of one nail clipping As for recorded history as for the Sumerians the Babylonians the Jewish patriarchs theynasties 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 A South African Night dead as for Napolean and Hitler the Beatles and Bill Clinton they and everyone that knew them are blown away in theust 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 examples that are accessible and understandable to my way of thinking And Dawkins too often refuses to stoop to that levelFor example consider. S Bismillah Soup don't lose their poetry because they are solved the solution often is beautiful than the puzzle uncoveringeeper 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. .