- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Random House (August 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399592245
- ISBN-13: 978-0399592249
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist
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“[Richard Dawkins is] one of the great science popularizers of the last half-century. [His] book ranges from parodies to polemics to ideological tributes to everybody from Charles Darwin to Carl Sagan to Christopher Hitchens, all of it rendered in gloriously spiky and opinionated prose.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“[Science in the Soul] showcases Dawkins’s dual talents. He is a ferocious polemicist, a defender of reason and enemy of superstition. He is also an extraordinarily talented explicator and celebrator of biology. He makes complex concepts, like kin selection, pop into focus in a way that imparts a jolt of pleasure.”—John Horgan, Scientific American
“These forty-one short pieces suitably capture evolutionary biologist Dawkins’s reputation as a fierce proponent of rationalism, who possesses an exacting and questioning scientific mind and acerbic wit.”—Library Journal
“Dawkins does not disappoint on the religion front, in which he has become known as a leading light of intellectual atheism. . . . For Dawkins fans, a must-have collection.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A satisfying introduction to one of today’s most prominent scientific thinkers.”—Publishers Weekly
“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, whose every book reflects his literary genius and scientific substance. 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
“Turn each page of this book slowly. 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, while dropping in periodic bons mots that seize attention rather firmly.”—James Randi, author of The Faith Healers
About the Author
Richard Dawkins is a fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, The Magic of Reality, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, and The Greatest Show on Earth. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the Michael Faraday Prize of the Royal Society, the Kistler Prize, the Shakespeare Prize, the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award, and, most valuable of all, the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.
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He coined the word “meme,” which rhymes with team. A meme is an element of culture or a behavior or a system of behavior or an idea that is passed on from one person or one group to another, not by the genes, but by imitation. The word comes from the Greek mimema which means imitation; a meme is something imitated, often unconsciously. It is the way that cultures are passed on. Although not mentioned by Dawkins, I think of the idea of “original sin,” which did not exist before the fourth century when it was invented by Augustine, which is contrary to Jewish theology, yet this meme is now believed by most Christians and many Jews.
This book is made up of short essays that Dawkins published in the past, with a few new ones. Some few are not understandable unless one has read a detailed description of the idea in his earlier books. There are eight chapters that contain more than forty short pieces. Two of the chapters, for example, are titled The sacred truth of nature and Living in the real world. Dawkins discusses memes, for instance, in nine pages, Darwin multiple times, and atheism in his eulogy of Christopher Hitchens. The editor of the volume tells readers about Dawkins in four pages and Dawkins himself introduces the book in eleven pages.
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This is a great read by Dawkins!