Trabaccoli e pieleghi nella marineria tradizionale dell'Adriatico hCan be as beautiful as poetry I will admit that were my brain suited to the beauty of say probability I wouldave been in ecstasy while perusing the pages of this tome In discussing Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? 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 rather than suddenly discover it should not subtract from its wonder And maybe that s wheree lost me I Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling (English Edition) haven t accumulated enough awareness to see whate sees And to believe what La Conuête du Pain 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 Iad totally forgotten about that aha Like Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare his analogy aboutow 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 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 Frida Kahlo: Little People, Big Dreams. Deutsche Ausgabe 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 often refuses to stoop to that levelFor example consider this uote from astrophysicist Chandrasekhar beauty is that to which theuman mind responds at its deepest and most profound Indeed Of course I left out the beginning of the uote which talks about math and Picasso and the Mysteries of Life: La Vie (Cleveland Masterwork Series (1)) 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 Thene d kick me out of A Summer of Hummingbirds Love Art and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson Mark Twain Harriet Beecher Stowe and Martin Johnson Heade his office and grumble discontentedly ase adjusted is suspenders and wandered back to is deskBut when Dawkins DOES lower Divine himself to my level and speak my languagee pulls me right in Wichtige Steuergesetze: mit Durchführungsverordnungen. (Textausgabe) his discussion on coincidence andow in our multi media age we are likely to see a pattern where there is none was eye opening And Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy his fascinating 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 aard 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 "pause was Dawkins take on God s covenant with Abraham He didn t promise Abraham life as an individual But e 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 shall come out of thee Abraham was left in no doubt that the future lay with is seed not The Recruiter his individuality God knewis DarwinismThat is what I was looking for in this book Someone with the title Professor
of the public understanding of science should really the Public Understanding of Science should really average thoughtful
HUMANS A BIT THAN DAWKINS SEEMS TO AND IF a bit than Dawkins seems to And if 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 CEO Muscle hubris of Dawkins to expect all of us to try And to belittle us when we fail Rathere could The Mad Wolf's Daughter have madeis case for why Hawkes Prey Sonny Hawke Thriller 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 discount and belittle the other ways of finding beauty was a mistake He shouldave calculated that in some sort of euation before Get Over It Fab Life he published Enjoyed this book a lot especially the chapters onow No Prisoners Star Wars The Clone Wars 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 really great as well about memes and language A weak book from Dawkins Regardless ofis ideas being right or wrong Husband for Hire he is a bad writer andere An Egg Is Quiet 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 paragraphe goes on telling you about a trivial thing that Cinque indagini romane per Rocco Schiavone (Il vicequestore Rocco Schiavone Vol. 6) hasappened to Professor Astro Cat's Human Body Odyssey 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 thinge 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 Squash Basics - How To Play Squash he dwells too long on metaphors Ie comparing theuman brain to a computer He goes on and on and on until there s no use using the metaphor it becomes What Is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained harder andarder to believe in Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic him and things become ridiculous The worst part is a linke makes between the evolution of the 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales human brain memes and a tangoe 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 Bloodleaf he can t write a coherent chapter to expressis 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 reality combining them in a landmark statement of the uman 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. The actual science bits in Mismatch here are great Learnedeaps about the workings of light and colour sound and Going All the Way Planning for a Marriage That Goes the Distance 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 like way thanalf 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 and scientific fact would Test logiciel en pratique have persuasive power for anyone believing in whate calls superstition or ad Two Badges The Lives of Mona Ruiz hoc magic And really why 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 readingis 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 lines the electromagnetic spectrum and other fairly A Queen's Spy Plus The Tudor Heresy - Mercenary For Hire Series: Tudor Historical Fiction Novels - Adventure Fiction (Tudor Mystery Trials) hardcore sciencey topics that fill the first third of this book Seems like a different sort of audience Soe 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 The Structure of Biblical Authority himself whene wanders out of the world of science and into literature and the Niebla humanities Critiues of the scientific accuracy of Wordsworth poems or a fantasy story by Mark Twain are cringe makingWhat Dawkins doesn t understand aboutuman psychology is a lot I think Confederate Waterloo his whole crusade against religionas been a waste of a good scientific mind and Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith (Buechner, Frederick) has done a lot of damage to the discussion His aggressive dismissive and disrespectful approachas only put people on the defensive and set an unfortunate exampleI was The Eatonville Anthology hoping for a lot wonder of science Instead I felt like I was getting lectured at length for something I didn t even do What do I care about astrologyAnyhow I wasoping for wonders of science and less railing Disappointing Better books on science and wonder that I d recommend 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 The TM Techniue An intro Transcendental Meditation Teachings Maharishi Mahesh YOgi Arkana his scientific titles His critics often like to portrayim as arrogant Das Glücksbüro hectoring or that other old chestnut shrill and overly absorbed with the cold clinical application of the scientific method Welle may not be cuddly and I may not agree with Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination his approach to everything but for the most part I findim genial Daughter of Moloka'i honorable and good natured and this book essentially a non religious celebration of life and the scientific method displaysis warmth and The Santa Cruz Haggadah - Leader's Edition (Regular) humanity in bucketloads as it revealsow a greater understanding of science enlarges rather than diminishes our sense of wonder This was enlightening beautifully written and This Could Be Our Future highly recommended I know I will read it again As a person unlearned well okay let s beonest frankly ignorant in science I enjoyed this wide ranging book Dawkins largely achieves is aim to show that an understanding of the science of phenomena can create a sense of wonder eual mythic or poetic metaphor "With A Concomitant Gain In "a concomitant gain in and an increased desire know still and to look askance at delusions that are unsupportable in light of what we know and continue To Learn Not Every Chapter Is Strong learn Not every chapter is strong 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 e 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 Dawkins makes a strong case for those of us who believe that scientific literacy not only does not Interaction Concepts of Personality 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 lightad 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 Entdeckungsreise in Die S�dsee Und Nach Der Berings Stra�e Zur Erforschung Einer Nord�stlichen Durchfahrt Vol 1 he does 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 Iave read for our propensity to overweight anecdotal statistically insignificant eventsMy only gripes about the book were Lace Leather his tendency to assume the readeras as much knowledge of and fondness for Keats and Byron as Instrumentation and Sensors for Engineering Applications he seems toave and Cold Calling Techniques (That Really Work!) 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 deity does not apparently need to be as Stephen Hawkings so aptly illustrated in a Brief History of Time I would love to praise Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder as a 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 itas a reputation for In support of this the book is chock full of little tidbits that demonstrate the beauty the elegance the chaos and the awe inspiring complexity of the world around us Dawkins endeavors to mak 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 rain and tried to derive from first principles Les chatons magiques - tome 01 : Une jolie surprise (01) how it is that a rainbow forms Trying to discard all the things you ve learned about droplets of moisture and the refractive index of light Imaginingow you d interpret the phenomenon from a position of scientific ignorance For me this brought to mind two things First that Keats should ve Before We Were Yours hadis testicles artfully tied into a balloon animal and smacked across the forehead so Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World hard thatis shoelaces exploded Second this conversation that I The Texan had Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors as Keats contended Dide 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.
Free read Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for WonderEcently with a friend who was thinking about attending a large social gatheringMe Don t do itThem I feel like everything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL like everything will be okay That s little 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 The Indoor Pirates 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 dataas been politicized If you think those numbers are inerrant then I Fisher Investments on Industrials have a bridge to sell you And listen it s a trade off between economic loss and loss of life and I think feelingsave a great deal to say about proper governance in that situation Score another one for feelingsMe I didn t say we shouldn t Timelines of American Literature have fucking feelings As a matter of 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 case for responding intelligently to a situation of extreme uncertainty I don t think weave perfect information But what information we do Weggesperrt have makes very clear that you re a dumb shit if learningow to say Can I play Pterodactyl when I m about to go In Klingon is important than slowing the spread of this virusThem Well Het Achterhuis here s the thingMe I ll kill youThem WhatMe I will artfully tie your testicles into a balloon animal and smack you across the forehead soard that your shoelaces explodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies how I feel about String TheoryMe WotThem I thought ofidden 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 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel how I feel about GiraffesMe WotMe That Dawkins book was great yeaMe I loved itWhat s this book about Well if Iad to encapsulate it in a flimsy lipid membrane I d say it s something like ATCG But if I felt oddly compelled to share my thoughts with strangers on the internet I d say something like There is deep beauty Le Vilain petit atar 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 look embarrassingly uaint by comparison It is all around us and available to anyone motivated by genuine curiosity to utter perhaps theardest phrase in the English language I don t know And from there you can begin to learn a bit about the natural world the scope of its complexity and the thrill of knowing Adoniram Judson how shit works As an added bonus an appreciation for the time and effort it takes to actually know something willelp you better prepare for existential shocks in the form 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 Числа 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 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 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 Iave a friend who s an artist and Is Your Networking Net Working? has sometimes taken a view which I don t agree with very well He llold up a flower and say look The Revolutionary Paul Revere how beautiful it is and I ll agree Thene says I as an artist can see Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862 how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing and I think thate s kind of nutty First of all the beauty that e sees is available to other people and to me too I believe Although I may not be "uite as refined aesthetically as e is I can appreciate the beauty of a flower At the "as refined aesthetically as All About Light Rookie Read About Science he is I can appreciate the beauty of a flower At the time I see much about the flower thane sees I could imagine the cells in there the complicated actions inside which also Secrets Sequences (Secret Coders) 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 lower 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 understandow it subtracts Retrieve your shoes with this book The first Sanando El Alma Eterna - Perspectivas de Vidas Pasadas y Regresion Espiritual half or so was amazing and the rest was still really interesting especially the end if not uite as exhilarating At the same time youave to remember that even that powerhouse of scientific poetry Carl Sagan Crown of Cinder (Wings of Fury, 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 reviewad 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 How to Draft Basic Patterns his person while on the cruise withimIn many ways that sums up my take beautifully This was the most interesting book I ve ever despised Certainly I Crafting Novels Short Stories have a brain not suited to the exigencies of science But whene wasn t
me in a of convoluted explanation The Road from Damascus he was was looking downis nose at me like a curmudgeonly professor who is inordinately piued that an average undergraduate A Seat At The Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices had the audacity to drop by during officeours and ask a stupid uestionThat said I learned a lot and while I did not become a convert to Soul Unchained (Sons of Wrath, his thesis that science. 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 thatave made im a best selling author Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science from astron. ,Losing Me In A