- Title: Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist
- Author: Richard Dawkins
- ISBN: 9780525495710
- Page: 492
- Format: Audio CD
The legendary biologist, provocateur, and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defense of science and clear thinking with this career spanning collection of essays, including twenty pieces published in the United States for the first time.For decades, Richard Dawkins has been a brilliant scientific communicator, consistently illuminating the wonders of natureThe legendary biologist, provocateur, and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defense of science and clear thinking with this career spanning collection of essays, including twenty pieces published in the United States for the first time.For decades, Richard Dawkins has been a brilliant scientific communicator, consistently illuminating the wonders of nature and attacking faulty logic Science in the Soul brings together forty two essays, polemics, and paeans all written with Dawkins s characteristic erudition, remorseless wit, and unjaded awe of the natural world.Though it spans three decades, this book couldn t be timely or urgent Elected officials have opened the floodgates to prejudices that have for half a century been unacceptable or at least undercover In a passionate introduction, Dawkins calls on us to insist that reason take center stage and that gut feelings, even when they don t represent the stirred dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth And in the essays themselves, newly annotated by the author, he investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate change deniers.Dawkins has equal ardor for the sacred truth of nature and renders here with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world Woven into an exploration of the vastness of geological time, for instance, is the peculiar history of the giant tortoises and the sea turtles whose journeys between water and land tell us a deeper story about evolution At this moment, when so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation and celebrates science as possessing many of religion s virtues explanation, consolation, and uplift without its detriments of superstition and prejudice.In a world grown irrational and hostile to facts, Science in the Soul is an essential collection by an indispensable author.Advance praise for Science in the Soul The illumination of Richard Dawkins s incisive thinking on the intellectual world extends far beyond biology What a treat to see so clearly how matter and meaning fit together, from fiction to philosophy to molecular biology, in one unified vision Daniel C Dennett, author of From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds I thank Thor and Zeus that in their infinite wisdom they chose to make the great wordsmith of our age a great rationalist, and vice versa Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything How New Ideas Emerge In this golden age of enlightened science writing, it is stunning that no scientist has won the Nobel Prize for Literature It is time literature s highest award be granted to a scientist whose writings have changed not just science but society No living scientist is deserving of such recognition than Richard Dawkins Science in the Soul is the perfect embodiment of Nobel quality literature Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Moral Arc How Science Makes Us Better People Science in the Soul is packed with Dr Dawkins s philosophy, humor, anger, and quiet wisdom, leading the reader gently but firmly to inevitable conclusions that edify and educate James Randi, author of The Faith Healers
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Richard Dawkins is not a regular writer, for in all of his writings you feel his excitement and passion for the subjects he's talking about, more so when you listen to him speak about it as I did with the audiobook version. He delivers that with rare astonishing clarity that makes you understand what he meant exactly, and sometimes he goes out of his way to clarify what he meant precisely just to prevent misunderstanding. Unlike in the heated debates many people know him from, Dawkins in his boo [...]
I've now read all of Dawkins books (again!). This is his second essay collection, and for most people I think 4 or 5 stars would be appropriate because of what an original and witty writer he is, effortlessly explaining science. That said, a lot of this is (naturally) repetitive for someone fluent in his viewpoints, so while there were some excellent new ways of looking at biology there was also a lot that felt overly familiar.
A small raft is drifting in the middle of the ocean. On it a disheveled figure is thirsty and hungry under the unforgiving heat of the sun. Four equally disheveled chickens, cramped together at the opposing end of the raft are gawking at him suspiciously with bloodshot eyes. A horse comes up from the basement of the raft with a bottle of wine tucked under his arm. "Do you guys" But then he notices the static tension in the air, the accusing looks of the chickens and slowly, quietly, backs away b [...]
This is the second such collection of Richard's essays and speeches, some of them going back a couple decades. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Richard and his ex-wife Lalla Ward. The content is grouped by subject matter in to eight different sections in the book with each section introduced by editor Gillian Somerscales. Each chapter contains a separate essay / speech. Richard provides an afterword to a number of the chapters with updated information or a comment about how he c [...]
"Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist " written by Richard Dawkins is a collections of essays he delivered over the last three decades. Some of the essays are accompanied by the afterthought written by the author himself on what his current view on the subject is and how he would have written the essays differently.There are many subjects that this book covers ranging from rationalism, skepticism, evolution, human, etc but there are two ideas that are new, or rather [...]
This latest collection of essays is just a pleasure to read and contains some favorites that you will know along with several speeches and articles that have not been made available in the US until now. Dawkins is always a very engaging and passionate writer with the scientific credentials to back up his claims. In this collection the focus is more on the poetry and beauty of scientific thought and the need for rationalism pertaining to numerous areas of inquiry. The most heartfelt are the closi [...]
Richard Dawkins' writing inspires and encourages me to write. Haha, only and if I could start. Okay, let me try here. This book is terrific, and a must-read. I especially loved his memoirs, and even more, admired him for writing and including them in this book. He remembers all those nostalgic details so well and pours them beautifully into words. I thought this book would be mostly a revision for us who have read his books, but it definitely has a lot more in it which I had missed (for instance [...]
Reading this book was a joy.
Whether one is an atheist, like Richard Dawkins, or not, whether one rejects the idea that a God exists and people lack souls, as Dawkins thinks, and even if one disagrees with him when he contends that a religious faith is a delusion, it is still worth the time spent to read his books. Dawkins (born 1941) was voted the world’s top thinker over the past hundred years in a Prospect magazine poll of 10,000 readers. He prompts us to think even if we disagree with his view. He is a famed English e [...]
I adore Dawkins and probably read all of his major works. And for this reason I must say, I think this book is just for fans and people very well familiar with Dawkins' life work. It is a good collection, but if you haven't read all of his books, anything else probably would be a better investment of time.
Because this is a collection, it is difficult to review. There is such a wide range of material - from letters to essays, from speeches to obituaries. Still, Dawkins is a master of clear and rational thinking.
The incurably incurious believe that Richard Dawkins is a fanatical and heartless militant atheist, destroyer of all things magical and wonderful, and eater of babies. And many snobbish academics think that he's not a good, or pure, scientist. In their view he’s just a vulgar science populariser and religion-basher (who doesn't even do a good job of the former due to his penchant for the latter). In fact, Richard Dawkins' love of the truth, in all its beauty and brutality, his curiosity and de [...]
Dawkins tries his best to denigrate religion, but then he supports the idea of aliens on other planets."The problem of recognizing an alien intelligence arises, in its starkest form, in that branch of science known as SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. SETI deserves to be taken seriously A strong case can be made for the probable existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe."If you are a skeptical person who is against the claim of supernatural beings from other dime [...]
Well I've finally finished this and it couldn't end soon enough. Such a disappointment.I've been reading Dawkins' work for many years now, both his scientific work and his more atheist writings and they have always been a bit of a mixed bag. His scientific writing is really good. The Selfish Gene and The Greatest Show on Earth, are great books, clear, concise and engaging. His atheist writings are however less good and his tendency to knock down straw men far too evident. This book though sits s [...]
One gets to know Richard Dawkins a lot better in this book. You can really scene Richard's passion for a rational thinking process. He is clearly a good man who knows how to use rational thought (and scientific methodology with measurable and observable facts) to uncover the unknown. It is a pleasure to apply rational thinking with Richard through his essays. This is very refreshing to me. Again, since this book contains a collection of writings created over some years, a lot is covered in this [...]
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is hailed as one of the most enlighted science writers of our time and I agree. I've read several of his books and liked all of them. Science in the Soul is a compilation of some of his lesser-known essays and speeches and I found it good reading as well if only to get a more personable look at the scientist Richard Dawkins. Some of the earlier essays deal with the superiority of science over other means of decision making or action. Whether it's healing th [...]
Richard Dawkins is someone who has been impressing me ever since I started reading him more than 10 years ago. It’s surprising the kind of shade that gets thrown his way, because if you read his books, they are quite enlightening and he comes across like a perfectly sane (albeit a bit arrogant) man.Dawkins’ books vary between his major theses, autobiography, and short essay collection. This book falls in the latter category. Science in the Soul is organized into several sections which deal w [...]
This is a book of Richard Dawkins selected writings speeches and letters presented in eight sections with an introduction by his editor Gillian Summerscales. Dawkins has a real talent for educating the general public about Darwinian evolution and the book contains brilliantly well-argued sections on the wonder and power of evolution by natural selection. In this book Dawkins shows us that he is a passionate advocate for science and rationality. He is also tireless advocate for their application [...]
Dawkins's latest is filled with as much excellence as it was in all his works from the past. It is lead as selections of his writings with an after note from Gillian Somerscales. The book is easy to read, has an up to date discussion on various facts surrounding Natural Selection. It also deals significantly about the problems of religious, spiritual ideas in the current modern world and its fight against rationalist evidence based truths. I admire this particular work of Richard which pays trib [...]
"Science in the Soul" е най-новата книга на Ричард Докинс. Тя е и втората, след "A Devil's Chaplain", която събира есета (тук са 41), обхващащи последните няколко десетилетия. Разделен на осем части (с няколко думи от редактора преди всяка), сборникът съдържа лекции и статии засягащи широк набор о [...]
Certainly, this book makes you think. Unfortunately, it has an ax to grind. It appears to want us to make a choice between current scientific knowledge and some sort of belief in God or a higher power which guides an order in the universe. Granted that concepts of God have been abused and used for abuse, there is no reason to disregard possibilities in our unlimited universe to glorify current scientific knowledge. With all our advance biological scientific knowledge, we cannot mix a few inert c [...]
This collection of Dawkins' essays is enlightening and entertaining. The collection is also a bit self-serving. The essays are largely drawn from speeches Dawkins has given at various scientific conferences and seminars. Others are personal reflections presented at various ceremonies. All essays in this collection have merit and not a little wit.The ones from his chosen field of scientific endeavor are especially worthwhile. I had never read any of Dawkins' scientific writing, so it was his essa [...]
This is a collection of Dawkins' writings on (you guessed it) evolution and religion mostly. With his normal eloquence and obvious passion, he bemoans the fact that so many people fail to understand the first and are so eager to believe unsupportable claims of the latter. I empathize with his dismay, but I try not to let it upset me as much as it does Professor Dawkins. I've come to understand that a truly rational species has not yet evolved on Earth. Humans are capable of brief moments of rati [...]
A long time fan of his popular science writings, I yet again enjoyed Dawkins' musings on science, evolution and integrating great ideas into our cultural narratives. While I am an unreligious person, I am not overly interested in the slightly repetitive atheistic theses Dawkins is nailing on a metaphoric chapel door. I get where Dawkins is coming from and what he is getting at, but I've yet to find his religious commentary too much removed from choir-preaching that might get a few heads nodding [...]
Whether one is an atheist, religious, spirtual etc whether one rejects the idea that a God exists and people lack souls, as Dawkins thinks, and even if one disagrees with him when he contends that a religious faith is a delusion, it is still worth the time spent to read his books! The book is made up of short essays that Dawkins published in the past, with a few new ones. Some few are not understandable unless you have read a detailed description of the idea in his earlier books.Dawkins is a mas [...]
A good way to start 2018 is to finish a book that reaffirms my understanding of science, logic, and reason. Whenever I pick up a book by Richard Dawkins I know I will come out the other side of the book with a deeper understanding of biology/evolution, and of science in general.This book consists of a series of essays, published elsewhere, some on the topic of science, but others not related at all, so it is a true mix of styles and material.If you have enjoyed Dawkins' writing in the past, it i [...]
Dawkins on ollut aina erittäin tärkeä kirjoittaja ja olen lukenut ja kuunnellut kaikki kirjansa vähintään kerran, monet useammankin.Tämä esseekokoelma on ehkä Dawkinsin koko tuotannon paras, koska tässä hänen todellinen virtuoosimaisuutensa kirjoittajana tulee esille kaikessa loistossaan. Kokoelmassa on monenlaisia kirjoituksia muistopuheista kirjeisiin ja tieteellisiin julkaisuihin ja humoristisiin P.G. Wodehouse pastisseihin. Nobel-komitea sietäisi palkita Dawkinsin kirjallisista [...]
I give this 3.5 stars out of 5. Most chapters were super interesting, intellectual, thought provoking and humourous, but others, near the end of the book, I did not care about. It's an anthology though, a collection of his writing and speeches over the last 20 years, and it is definitely worth reading. The book covers a wide variety of topics, but the core is truly Darwinian Natural Selection, and it keeps returning to that theme.I love Dawkins' humour and brutal honesty. Some people think he is [...]
Richard Dawkins is perhaps one of the greatest advocates for science and reasoned thinking in the current era. And this principle is evidenced further in this collection of his selected writings. Dawkins writes on so many topics, yet manages to write accurately on each, displaying the breadth of his knowledge and astuteness to understanding of varying fields and subjects.Dawkins is God's greatest gift offered to 21st century science and literature.
Excellent book which covers many of Richard Dawkin's views on many subjects, expressed through transcripts of his speeches as well as his many written works. I travelled to Vancouver, BC on November 2nd to watch him with Sam Harris and Matt Dillahunty live at the Orpheum. I shook their hands, expressed my appreciation for the work they are doing and also let them know it had changed my life. My copy of this book is autographed by RD himself.
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