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For decades Richard Dawkins has been the world's most brilliant scientific communicator, consistently illuminating the wonders of nature and attacking faulty logic. Science in the Soul brings together 42 essays, polemics, and paeans - culled from personal papers, newspapers, lectures, and online salons - all written with Dawkins' characteristic erudition, remorseless wit, and unjaded awe of the natural world.
Though it spans three decades, this book, dedicated to Christopher Hitchens, couldn't be more timely or more 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 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 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.
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By Dennis A Robinson on 08-10-17
Wide in scope - an engaging view into Dawkins
I've just finished listening for the first time. What a JOY!
Dawkins opens up a treasure-trove of thoughts, opinions and strong assertions as those of us who've followed Richard over the years have come to expect.
No one who has learned to love this man as I have during my own sojourney into the light of rationalism and science - not one such person will be disappointed by the intimacy herein warmly shared.
Richard. You have been one of my companions along with others we both know well. Your gift of your soul is received and this atheist blesses you - namasté.
Dennis A Robinson
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By DeWayne Gregory on 08-30-17
Eye opening. Humane, intelligent reasoning. The complexity of evolution explained in a manner a toddler could understand. Science and humor , I didn't think it was possible. Dawkins delights.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful