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A Devil's Chaplain

Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

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Publisher: Mariner Books

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 272 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Spanish

Isbn-10: 0618485392 | Isbn-13: 9780618485390 | Publish date:  | Edition Reprint

Also available as: Hardcover , eBook

Category: Religion & Spirituality , Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Book Description
The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins is an enthusiastic declaration, a testament to the power of rigorous scientific examination to reveal the wonders of the world. In these essays Dawkins revisits the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work The Selfish Gene. Here also are moving tributes to friends and colleagues, including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; and visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African wildlife preserve. The collection ends with a vivid note to Dawkins's ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to remain curious, to ask questions, and to live the examined life.
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    Richard Dawkins's essays are an enthusiastic testament to the power of rigorous, scientific examination, and they span many different corners of his personal and professional life. He revisits the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work The ...continue

    Richard Dawkins's essays are an enthusiastic testament to the power of rigorous, scientific examination, and they span many different corners of his personal and professional life. He revisits the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work The Selfish Gene. He makes moving tributes to friends and colleagues, including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams; he shares correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; and he visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African wildlife preserve. He concludes the essays with a vivid note to his ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to remain curious, to ask questions, and to live the examined life.

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    Entretenido

    Este libro es un recopilatorio de artículos, prólogos y comentarios de libros, publicados por otros sitios, todos de Richard Dawkins.


    Como en casi todos los recopilatorios, algunos están muy bien, y otros son un poco más aburridos o personales.


    Conviene haber leído otras cosas de Da ...continue

    Este libro es un recopilatorio de artículos, prólogos y comentarios de libros, publicados por otros sitios, todos de Richard Dawkins.

    Como en casi todos los recopilatorios, algunos están muy bien, y otros son un poco más aburridos o personales.

    Conviene haber leído otras cosas de Dawkins antes de meterse con él, para saber por dónde respira.

    ¡Y con éste, me he leído todos los libros que Dawkins ha publicado hasta la fecha!

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    la dimensione ideale di Dawkins e' il saggio lungo, anche perche' gli argomenti trattati necessitano un approfondimento che il saggio breve non consente. Nondimeno, questa raccolta di saggi brevi apparsi su varie pubblicazioni mantiene il fascino e la lucidita' che l'A. riesce immancabilmente a i ...continue

    la dimensione ideale di Dawkins e' il saggio lungo, anche perche' gli argomenti trattati necessitano un approfondimento che il saggio breve non consente. Nondimeno, questa raccolta di saggi brevi apparsi su varie pubblicazioni mantiene il fascino e la lucidita' che l'A. riesce immancabilmente a infondere in tutti i suoi scritti. Taluni scritti, peraltro, sono inquadrabili correttamente solo se si sono letti i suoi precedenti libri. Come sempre, personalmente concordo con quasi tutto quello che Dawkins scrive. In questo caso, concordo anche sul fatto - che egli stesso riconosce - che l'articolo apparso a sua firma dopo l'11 settembre e riportato in questo libro e' decisamente sopra le righe.

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    Reflexiones

    Una treintena de ensayos cortos, la mayoría ya publicados anteriormente en revistas, periódicos u otros libros sobre temas variados, que se agrupan en siete epígrafes: 1.- Ciencia y sensatez; 2.- Se hará la luz. 3.- La mente infectada. 4.- Me lo han dicho, Heráclito. 5.- Hasta las tropas toscan ...continue

    Una treintena de ensayos cortos, la mayoría ya publicados anteriormente en revistas, periódicos u otros libros sobre temas variados, que se agrupan en siete epígrafes: 1.- Ciencia y sensatez; 2.- Se hará la luz. 3.- La mente infectada. 4.- Me lo han dicho, Heráclito. 5.- Hasta las tropas toscanas. 6.- Toda África y sus prodigios están en nosotros. 7.- Una plegaria para mi hija.

    Entre tantos artículos diferentes hay un poco de todo, algunos me resultaron difíciles de entender, sobre todo los referidos a las polémicas del autor con otros científicos. Otros me gustaron mucho y alguno me pareció genial.

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    To quote a few words:

    On evolution:
    “If there is mercy in nature, it is accidental.”
    “Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.”
    (天地不仁,此之謂)

    On religion:
    “There may be some deep question about the cosmos that are forever beyond science. The mistake is to ...continue

    To quote a few words:

    On evolution:
    “If there is mercy in nature, it is accidental.”
    “Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.”
    (天地不仁,此之謂)

    On religion:
    “There may be some deep question about the cosmos that are forever beyond science. The mistake is to think that they are therefore not beyond religion too.”
    “Religion is the most inflammatory enemy-labeling device in history.”

    If you choose to read ONE book from Dawkins, pick “The Selfish Gene”, this one is a follow-up of the classic.

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