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Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

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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 during the ain and tried to derive from first principles how it is that a How to make Money with Porn rainbow forms Trying to discard all the things you ve learned about droplets of moisture and theefractive index of light Imagining "HOW YOU D INTERPRET THE PHENOMENON FROM A POSITION "you d interpret the phenomenon from a position scientific ignorance For me this brought to mind two things First The first half or so was amazing and the est was still eally interesting especially the end if not uite as exhilarating At the same time you have to emember that even that powerhouse of scientific poetry Carl Sagan had some dry chapters every now and then Some dryness definitely doesn t make
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any less worth the and its mild anyway Overall this book was extremely enjoyable and a breeze to get through 45 stars will probably be 5 on the eread One of the Goodreads Get Up and Do It! reviews on this bookelates simply that the writer of the Repeat Performance review had been on a cruise ship with the author prior toeading the book When she DID Newsjacking read the book sheegretted 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 t losing me in a web a brain not suited to the exigencies of science But when he wasn t losing me in a web convoluted explanation he was was looking down his nose at me like a curmudgeonly professor who is inordinately piued that an average undergraduate had the audacity to drop by during office hours and ask a stupid uestionThat said I learned a lot and while I 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 In discussing how we discover our world we arrived by being born and we didn t burst conscious into the world but accumulated awareness gradually through babyhood The fact that we slowly apprehend our world The Baron Goes Fast (Baron, rather than suddenly 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 condescension does 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 or. Did Newton unweave theainbow by educing 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. Igin at your left fingertip to today at your ight fingertip All the way across your midline to well past your ight shoulder life consists of nothing but bacteria Many celled invertebrate life flowers your ight shoulder life consists of nothing but bacteria Many celled invertebrate life flowers around your Affiliate Marketing Business right elbow The dinosaurs originate in the middle of youright 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 Giving the Body Its Due 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 everyone 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 examples that are accessible and understandable to my way of thinking And Dawkins too oftenefuses to stoop to that levelFor example consider this uote from astrophysicist Chandrasekhar beauty is that to which the human mind Hilla Rebay responds at its deepest and most profound Indeed Of course I left out the beginning of the uote which talks about math and how itelates 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 esponds 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 wandered back to his deskBut when Dawkins DOES
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himself to level and my language he pulls me ight in his 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 Designing for Magazines riff on the fact that science is an affront to common sense made me smile in satisfaction For example every 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 even a hard diamond consists almost entirely of empty space Anotheriff that gave me pause was Dawkins take on God s covenant with Abraham He didn t promise Abraham eternal life as an individual But he did 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 sh. 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. ,
All 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 eally 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 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 his way of thinking 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 the other ways of finding beauty was mistake He should have calculated that in some sort of euation before he published Enjoyed this book a 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 t like the story about themselves The final chapter is False Start really great as well about memes and language A weak book from Dawkins Regardless of his ideas beingight 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 Tombland 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 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 becomeidiculous 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. Omy and genetics to language and virtual eality 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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