Read Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist Online Free - The legendary biologist, provocateur, and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defense of science and clear thinking with this career-spanning collection of essays, including twenty pieces published in the United States for the first time.
For decades, Richard Dawkins has been a brilliant scientific communicator, consistently illuminating the wonders of nature and attacking faulty logic. Science in the Soul brings together forty-two essays, polemics, and paeans--all written with Dawkins's characteristic erudition, remorseless wit, and unjaded awe of the natural world.
Though it spans three decades, this book 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 the 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, for instance, 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.
Advance praise for Science in the Soul
"The illumination of Richard Dawkins's incisive thinking on the intellectual world extends far beyond biology. What a treat to see so clearly how matter and meaning fit together, from fiction to philosophy to molecular biology, in one unified vision!"--Daniel C. Dennett, author of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
"I thank Thor and Zeus that in their infinite wisdom they chose to make the great wordsmith of our age a great rationalist, and vice versa."--Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge
"In this golden age of enlightened science writing, it is stunning that no scientist has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is time literature's highest award be granted to a scientist whose writings have changed not just science but society. No living scientist is more deserving of such recognition than Richard Dawkins. . . . Science in the Soul is the perfect embodiment of Nobel-quality literature."--Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People
"Science in the Soul is packed with Dr. Dawkins's philosophy, humor, anger, and quiet wisdom, leading the reader gently but firmly to inevitable conclusions that edify and educate."--James Randi, author of The Faith Healers
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August 26, 2017
Richard Dawkins is not a regular writer, for in all of his writings you feel his excitement and passion for the subjects he's talking about, more so when you listen to him speak about it as I did with the audiobook version. He delivers that with rare astonishing clarity that makes you understand...
August 10, 2017
I've now read all of Dawkins books (again!). This is his second essay collection, and for most people I think 4 or 5 stars would be appropriate because of what an original and witty writer he is, effortlessly explaining science. That said, a lot of this is (naturally) repetitive for someone fluen...
September 10, 2017
A small raft is drifting in the middle of the ocean. On it a disheveled figure is thirsty and hungry under the unforgiving heat of the sun. Four equally disheveled chickens, cramped together at the opposing end of the raft are gawking at him suspiciously with bloodshot eyes.
A horse comes up from...
October 28, 2017
This is the second such collection of Richard's essays and speeches, some of them going back a couple decades. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Richard and his ex-wife Lalla Ward. The content is grouped by subject matter in to eight different sections in the book with each sectio...
December 21, 2017
"Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist " written by Richard Dawkins is a collections of essays he delivered over the last three decades. Some of the essays are accompanied by the afterthought written by the author himself on what his current view on the subject is and...
August 19, 2017
This latest collection of essays is just a pleasure to read and contains some favorites that you will know along with several speeches and articles that have not been made available in the US until now. Dawkins is always a very engaging and passionate writer with the scientific credentials to bac...
January 15, 2018
Reading this book was a joy.
August 08, 2017
Whether one is an atheist, like Richard Dawkins, or not, whether one rejects the idea that a God exists and people lack souls, as Dawkins thinks, and even if one disagrees with him when he contends that a religious faith is a delusion, it is still worth the time spent to read his books. Dawkins (...
January 20, 2018
Richard Dawkins' writing inspires and encourages me to write. Haha, only and if I could start. Okay, let me try here. This book is terrific, and a must-read. I especially loved his memoirs, and even more, admired him for writing and including them in this book. He remembers all those nostalgic de...
November 21, 2017
I adore Dawkins and probably read all of his major works. And for this reason I must say, I think this book is just for fans and people very well familiar with Dawkins' life work. It is a good collection, but if you haven't read all of his books, anything else probably would be a better investmen...