Devil's Chaplain

Devil's Chaplain

Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

Book - 2003
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One of the most renowned evolutionary biologists at work today, Richard Dawkins has written passionately for years on subjects that matter deeply to him - and matter urgently to all of us. A Devil's Chaplain brings together the best and most provocative of his essays, on subjects ranging from evolution to ethics, from travel to literature, from education to religion. The result is an intriguing portrait of one of the finest minds in science.
With eloquence and vigor, these essays put forward Dawkins's most fundamental axiom: seek truth. He speaks out against pseudoscience and deftly dissects religion and mysticism. In a powerful letter to his ten-year-old daughter, he argues for the necessity of basing any belief on solid evidence. And he doesn't shy away from skewering the loftiest institutions, whether judicial or educational. "To hell with . . . your fact-stuffed syllabuses and your endless roster of exams," he proclaims with refreshing directness. He writes infectiously of his awe at the marvelous complexity of the universe, pays moving tribute to dear friends and worthy colleagues, and tenderly recalls his boyhood in Africa. Uncompromising, even ruthless as Dawkins famously is when defending scientific truth and reason, this collection also shows a gentler, more contemplative side which may surprise his many readers.
Here we meet the essential Richard Dawkins: inspirational in both his unswerving attention to rationalism and his abiding passions.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin : 2003
ISBN: 9780618335404
0618335404
Branch Call Number: 500 D322d
Characteristics: 263p

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zerfer
Oct 03, 2014

Funny how one has to pick and choose just the right creationist to suit one's beliefs--while you can pick up any scientific text from elementary school to advanced theory, and the information is consistent. Most importantly is the consistent acknowledgement in the scientific community that if evidence exists against one's beliefs, a scientist will: must: change them. Creationism's ultimate flaw is that it posits itself as the TRUTH. That is not science: that is religion. If Dawkins were ever convinced that creationism had a leg to stand on, I'm sure he would be the first to publish a book on that. You simply can not say the same for the likes of Morris and Hovind, the latter being a shameless con man: they will perpetuate scientifically vacuous claims (read: Lies) with a straight face--just keep the cash flowing.

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naturalist
Aug 14, 2014

Regarding Henry Morris:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_M._Morris
and,
Kent Hovind http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Kent_Hovind
and,
to "buckwild" et al,
to learn the real reason for Richard Dawkins -- "Why I won't debate creationists"
see: http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/119-why-i-won-39-t-debate-creationists

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buckwild
May 31, 2012

To all you seekers of truth. I have a few suggestions for you. Anything by Henry Morris also, I love to watch debates with kent Hovind. Dawkins feared Hovind. Also look into creation science. Search and research and you will find that Dawkins is not telling you science but he is selling you a lie.

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