(E–pub New) [Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder] by Richard Dawkins

Ou try to step out that doorMe whatMe You know how I feel about GiraffesMe WotMe That Dawkins book was great yeaMe I loved itWhat s this book about Well if I had to ncapsulate it in a flimsy lipid membrane I d say it s something like ATCG encapsulate it in a flimsy lipid membrane I D SAY IT S SOMETHING LIKE ATCG IF d say it s something like ATCG if 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 us fail to apprehend due to what Dawkins calls The Anesthetic Of Familiarity An Anesthetic of Familiarity an beauty that makes the ramblings of mystics and untethered romantics look mbarrassingly 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 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 appreciation for the time and ffort it takes to actually know something will help you better prepare for xistential shocks in the form of pissed off proteins With any luck your willingness to combat dumbfuckery will spread xponentially and lead to a informed society less nthralled 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 flying off with tangential force ual to a supersonic centrifuge filling with Conflict in Blood enriched pain precipitating out of liuid regret Have youver seen someone take an ass beating so bad that their shoes nded 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 I have a friend who s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don t agree with very well He ll hold up a flower 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 flower At the same time I see much about the flower 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 fact that the colors in the flower volved 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 The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant exist in the lower forms Why is it aesthetic All kinds of interesting uestions which the science knowledge only adds to thexcitement the mystery and the awe of a flower It only adds I don t understand how it subtracts Retrieve your shoes with this book. Omy and genetics to language and virtual reality 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. .
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 it has a reputation for In support of this the book is chock full of little tidbits that demonstrate the beauty the Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) elegance the chaos and the awe inspiring complexity of the world around us Dawkinsndeavors to make science real to us to seduce us with its simplicity to floor us by making the massive tangible and to tantalize us with the beautiful intricacy that can be seen if you just have the understandingSadly I can also describe this book as a long and rambling rant about the bountiful and varied thorns in Richard Dawkins and rambling rant about the bountiful and varied thorns in Richard Dawkins Sure I share the pain of many of those thorns But Logic, Labels, And Flesh even to me his litany of complaintsventually started to feel like the mean spirited nit picking of a cantankerous old manIt is tricky to strike a balance between providing harsh criticism of bad ideas while still being respectful to the people who believe them And yet this is a challenge that skeptics should be uniuely well suited for I never cease to be amazed when a skeptic work Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design explains the natural human fallacies that tend to lead to a particular faulty conclusion and the mechanism in our brains that make the belief appealing and intuitive then in the next paragraph have the audacity to call people who have made thesentirely reasonable mistakes idiots or charlatansExcepting perhaps the small choir of skeptics that Dawkins is preaching to we all know someone who holds a scientifically unsound belief Even most generally pro science people hold one or two personal superstitions Nobody appreciates their friends and family members mocked or accused of malicious intent and they take it ven less kindly when malicious intent and they take it ven less kindly when name calling is pointed their way It is a tragic irony that this is what leaves people with a bad taste in their mouth leading to the very anti science sentiments that Dawkins is trying to preventI wish I could recommend this book to friends I would love to be able to say Read this and maybe you will begin to see why being an atheist is not depressing as you are imagining but in fact wondrous and hopeful But I would be ashamed for a friend to read this book and be subjected to witnessing the cruel ridicule dished out by Dawkins Enjoyed this book a lot specially 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 really great as well about memes and language Written a few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves as a useful bridge for anyone and language Written a few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves as a useful bridge for anyone with Dawkins s atheist output but unfamiliar with his scientific titles His critics often like to portray him as arrogant hectoring or that other old chestnut shrill and overly absorbed with the cold clinical application of the scientific method Well he may not be cuddly and I may not agree with his approach to verything but fo. Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing 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. .

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Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for WonderR the most part I find him genial honorable and good natured and this book Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice essentially a non religious celebration of life and the scientific method displays his warmth and humanity in bucketloads as it reveals how a greater understanding of sciencenlarges rather than diminishes our sense of wonder This was The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth enlightening beautifully written and highly recommended I know I will read it again Have youver while sheltering in space time under threat of a belligerent snippet of information nclosed in a flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain and tried to derive from first principles 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 Imagining how you d interpret the phenomenon 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 the forehead so hard that his shoelaces xploded Second this conversation that I had recently with a friend who was thinking about attending a large social gatheringMe Don t do itThem I feel like In Deeper everything will be okayMe Well I m glad you FEEL likeverything will be okay That s little consolation for those of us who choose to Personlighetspsykiatri engage with reality Facts don t care about your feelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You re proceeding off the assumption that factsxist as free floating rationales independent of 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
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good So is another one of those pointless Audiology exercises you re so 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 betweenconomic loss and loss of life and I think feelings have a great deal to say about proper governance in that situation Score another one for feelingsMe I didn t say we shouldn t 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 rotic role playing I m only making a case for responding intelligently to a situation of xtreme uncertainty I don t think we have perfect information But what information we do extreme uncertainty I don t think we have perfect information But what information we do 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 forehead so hard that your shoelaces xplodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I feel 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 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. .