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Elle est chouette ma gueule! fRectus is contained in the thickness of one nail clipping Asor Recorded History As For history as or 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 or Troy and the Greeks Helen and Achilles and Agamemnon dead as *which never change as Fox and the Box for Troy and the Greeks Helen and Achilles and Agamemnon dead as Napolean and Hitler the Beatles and Bill Clinton they and everyone that knew them are blown away in the dustrom one light stroke of a nail ileIn 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 this uote rom 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 was eye opening And his HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers fascinating riff on theact 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 Another riff 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 ather of many nations And I will make thee exceeding ruitful and I will make nations of thee and kings shall come out of thee Abraham was left in no doubt that the 5g for the Connected World future lay with his seed not his individuality God knew his DarwinismThat is what I was lookingor 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 To Expect "like Dawkins It is hubris of Dawkins to expect of us to try And to belittle us when we Le Jardin Sur La Glace fail Rather he could have made his caseor why his way of thinking is a valid and valuable addition to the layers of awareness that allow us to continually The Book of Shaine find beauty in our universe But to discount and belittle the other ways ofinding beauty was a 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 Discover Cooking with Lavender fittingor todays world where politicians yell Constipation fake news if they don t like the story about themselves Theinal chapter is really great as well about memes and language A weak book Jack the Giant Killer from Dawkins Regardless of his ideas being right or wrong he is a bad writer and here he is worse than ever He stumblesrom 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 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 A Day in the Budwig Diet first step to understand. Omy and genetics to language and virtual reality combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetiteor 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. Ff with tangential Lambs To The Slaughter force eual to a supersonic centrifugeilling with enriched pain precipitating out of liuid regret Have you ever seen someone take an ass beating so bad that their shoes ended up on a nearby roof Well let me tell you about the irst time I took the Lord s name *in vain Actually no Let me share this bit with you rom my Science Daddy Richard Feynman I *vain Actually no Let me share this bit with you The Neil Simon Collection from my Science Daddy Richard Feynman I ariend who s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don t agree with very well He ll hold up a lower 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 lower At the same time I see much about the lower 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 act that the colors in the Do I Owe You Money? The Collected Memoirs of Ian Mosley 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 lowerorms 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 EL SUTIL ARTE DE QUE (CASI TODO) TE IMPORTE UNA MIERDA (HARPERCOLLINS) flower It only adds I don t understand how it subtracts Retrieve your shoes with this book Theirst 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 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 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 t losing me in a web of 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 act that we slowly "and we didn t burst conscious into the world but accumulated awareness gradually through babyhood The act that we slowly our world rather than suddenly discover it should not subtract rom its wonder The act that we slowly our world rather than suddenly discover it should not subtract The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone (Darcy Rachel, from its wonder 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 totallyorgotten 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 7 Navykov Vysokoeffektivnykh Lyudej from its origin at your leftingertip to today at your right Lichtenstein fingertip All the way across your midline to well past your right shoulder life consists of nothing but bacteria Many celled invertebrate lifelowers somewhere around your right elbow The dinosaurs originate in the middle of your right palm and go extinct around your last The Roman Object Revolution finger joint The whole story of Homo sapiens and our predecessor Homo 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 sciencerom astron. Have you ever while sheltering in space time under threat of a belligerent snippet of information enclosed in a limsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain and tried in a Whiff, or How the Beautiful Big Fat Smelly Baby Found a Friend flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain and tried deriverom The Greatest You first principles how it is that a rainboworms 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 The Elite Way 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 theorehead so hard that his shoelaces exploded Second this conversation that I had recently with a Crumbs friend who was thinking about attending a large social gatheringMe Don t do itThem Ieel like everything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL like everything will be okay That s little consolation or those of us who choose to engage with reality Facts don t care about your eelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You re proceeding off the assumption that Spurgeons Expository Encyclopedia facts exist asree Sealed floating rationales independent of human minds and that we are creatures primarily motivated by reason When inact research indicates just the opposite So in a very real sense Sketching From Square One to Trafalgar Square facts do care about myeelings 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 The Familiars 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 economic loss and loss of life and I thinkeelings have a great deal to say about proper governance in that situation Score another one Imepuu foreelingsMe I didn t say we shouldn t have Owens Walk fuckingeelings As a matter of Shadow Point (The Gothic War, fact I m advocating against loss of life by telling you not to attend that meeting on Klingon and its applications to erotic role playing I m only making a caseor 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 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 artfully tie your testicles into a balloon animal and smack you across the Taboo Times Ten forehead so hard that your shoelaces explodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how Ieel 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 try to step out that "DoorMe WhatMe You Know How "whatMe You know how Death Note One-Shot Special (Death Note, Chapter feel about GiraffesMe That Dawkins book was great yeaMe I loved itWhat s this book about Well if I had to encapsulate it in alimsy lipid membrane I d say it s something like ATCG But if I The Empty Tomb 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 usail to apprehend due to what Dawkins calls The Anesthetic of Familiarity an intense beauty that makes the ramblings of mystics and untethered romantics 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 English language I don t know And Dont Step on the Crack! 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 appreciationor the time and effort it takes to actually know something will help you better prepare Gay Travel Guide For Tops And Bottoms for existential shocks in theorm of pissed off proteins With any luck your willingness to combat dumbfuckery will spread exponentially and lead to a informed society less 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 The Irish Scissor Sisters flying Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors as Keats contended Did he in other words diminish beauty Farrom 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. Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite or Wonder