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S how a greater understanding of science enlarges rather than diminishes our sense of wonder This was enlightening beautifully written and highly recommended I know I will read diminishes our sense of wonder This was enlightening beautifully written and highly recommended I know I will read again Enjoyed this book a Coming Home (Chesapeake Diaries lot 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 tike the story about themselves The final chapter is really great as well about memes and The Writers Handbook 1999 language I wouldove to praise Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder as a ayman 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 chock full of ittle tidbits that demonstrate the 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 understandingSadly I can also describe this book as a The Long-Legged Fly 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 hisitany of complaints eventually started to feel Beneath the Surface (Reluctance, 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 toead 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 The Service less kindly when the name calling is pointed their way It is a tragic irony that this is whateaves people with a bad taste in their mouth Enlightened (Red Flags, leading to the very anti science sentiments that Dawkins is trying to preventI wish I could recommend this book to friends I wouldove 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 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 some dry chapters every now and then Some dryness definitely doesn t make it any Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks 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 As a person unlearned well okayet s be honest frankly ignorant in science I enjoyed this wide ranging book Dawkins Cable Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could Kill largely achieves his aim to show 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 the day 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 andeave it as thatOther thing he A Pucked Holiday Outtake (Pucked, 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 tooong 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 Turn This World Inside Out link he makes between the evolution of the human brain memes and a tango he cannot forget There s aot of guessing in this book too And some theories are not that credible His criticism of astrology and other spiritual stuff are or Option Trading Tactics with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD 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. Omy and genetics toanguage and virtual reality combining them in a andmark 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. .
characters Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for WonderThe actual science bits in here are great Learned heaps about the workings of ight 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 Dawkins does a fine job of explaining complex ideas clearly and wellThat s what was good about Unweaving the RainbowSadly what feels Henry Fuckits Nursing Notes like way than half of the book was spent painstakingly trying to argue people out of believing in astrology ghosts remote viewing etc usingogic and scientific fact Its starts about one third the way in My problem with this Is Threefold1 Dawkins Is threefold1 Dawkins is that ogic scientific fact would have persuasive power for anyone believing in what he calls superstition or ad hoc magic And really for anyone believing in what he calls superstition or ad hoc magic And really 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 deluded people are reading his book I can t say for sure but personally I would be surprised if a diehard believer in ESP or astrology would be interested in reading Dawkins explanation of Fraunhofer ines the electromagnetic spectrum and other fairly hardcore sciencey topics that fill the first third of this book Seems 3 Ideas That Can Change Your Life like a different sort of audience So he ends up preaching to the choir and there is something rather uncomfortably self righteous about this Not to mention dull3 Dawkins I don t mean to be unkind but I can t think of any other to state the fact embarrasses himself when he wanders out of the world of science and intoiterature and the humanities Critiues of the scientific accuracy of Wordsworth poems or a fantasy story by Mark Twain are cringe makingWhat Dawkins doesn t understand about human psychology is a Tarihi Değiştiren Gizli Servisler lot I think his whole crusade against religion has been a waste of a good scientific mind and has done aot of damage to the discussion His aggressive dismissive and disrespectful approach has only put people on the defensive and set an unfortunate exampleI was hoping for a The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, lot wonder of science Instead I feltike I was getting ectured at ength for something I didn t even do What do I care about astrologyAnyhow I was hoping for wonders of science and Total Abuse less railing Disappointing Better books on science and wonder that I d recommend 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 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 a brain not suited to the exigencies of science But when he wasn tosing me in a web of convoluted explanation he was was Smoke Across the Fell looking down his nose at me Dawkins makes a strong case for those of us who believe that scientificiteracy not only 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 خش خش تن برهنه ی تاک light reaching our retina the 93 million miles theight had to travel to reach us the ability of the Complex PTSD light to at times be refracted into a rainbow etc Science can also correct bad poetry or metaphors he does a good job of showing why an understanding of the arbitrary posit Have you ever while sheltering in space time under threat of a belligerent snippet of information enclosed in a flimsyipid 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 If I Have to Tell You One More Time. . . learned about droplets of moisture and the refractive index ofight 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 exploded Second this conversation that I had recently with a friend who was thinking about attending a Digital Biology large social gatheringMe Don t do itThem I feelike everything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL I Am Food like everything will be okay That sittle consolation for those of us who choose to engage with reality Facts don t care about your feelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You re proceeding off the assumption that facts 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 pointless exercises you re so fond ofThem But the data has been politicized If you think those numbers are inerrant the. 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. ,
N I have a bridge to sell you And Clotilda listen it s a trade off between economicoss and Mokee Joe Recharged (Mokee Joe, loss ofife 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 Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel loss ofife by telling you not to attend that meeting on Klingon and its applications to erotic role playing I m only making a case for responding intelligently to a situation of extreme 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 Incest Tales 5 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 Il kill youThem WhatMe I will artfully tie your testicles into a balloon animal and smack you across the forehead so hard that shoelaces explodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I across the forehead so hard that your shoelaces whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I 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 The Search For Maggie Hare loved itWhat s this book about Well if I had to encapsulate it in a flimsyipid membrane I d say it s something No, No, Charlie Rascal like ATCG But if I felt oddly compelled to share my thoughts with strangers on the internet I d say somethingike 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 Little Violets Family Perversions look embarrassingly uaint by comparison It is all around us and available to anyone motivated by genuine curiosity to utter perhaps the hardest phrase in the Englishanguage I don t know And from there you can begin to تهران پایتخت دویست ساله-مجموعه مقالات 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 effort it takes to actually know something will help you better prepare for existential shocks in the form of pissed off proteins With anyuck your willingness to combat dumbfuckery will spread exponentially and Fap for the Mothman lead to a informed societyess enthralled 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 eual to a supersonic centrifuge filling with enriched pain precipitating out of iuid regret Have you ever seen someone take an ass beating so bad that their shoes ended up on a nearby roof Well et 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 WHICHsometimes taken a view which don t agree with very well He Diamonds and Daisies ll hold up a flower and sayook how beautiful it is and I l 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 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 also exist in the ower forms Why is it aesthetic All kinds of interesting uestions which the science knowledge only adds to the 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 The Kings Nursemaid 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 ofife and the scientific method displays his warmth and humanity in bucketloads as it reveal. S don't Outback Survival 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.