A Devil's Chaplain (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 27, 2004 - Science - 272 pages
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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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Review: A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

User Review  - Stephen Cranney - Goodreads

At the risk of being over the top, Dawkins is hands down the best science writer ever. It's refreshing to be reminded (however occasionally) that a mind is capable of both being scientific and ... Read full review

Review: A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

User Review  - Aljohn - Goodreads

This is a tiptop collection of essays written by The RD, however boastful the book has presented itself to be. I especially love the Science & Sensibility section in which Dawkins referred to Science ... Read full review

Contents

1 Science and Sensibility
5
2 Light Will Be Thrown
61
3 The Infected Mind
117
4 They Told Me Heraclitus
163
5 Even the Ranks of Tuscany
187
6 There is All Africa and her Prodigies in Us
223
7 A Prayer for My Daughter
241
Endnotes
249
Index
256
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Page 13 - There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
Page 10 - Let us understand, once for all, that the ethical progress of society depends, not on imitating the cosmic process, still less in running away from it, but in combating it.
Page 18 - Science is, I believe, nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit : and its methods differ from those of common sense only so far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.

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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.

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