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Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

S don't lose their poetry because they are solved the solution often is beautiful than the puzzle uncovering deeper mysteries With the wit insight and spellbinding prose that have made him a best selling author Dawkins takes up the most important and compelling topics in modern science from astron. As a person unlearned well okay let s be honest frankly ignorant in science I enjoyed this wide ranging book Dawkins largely achieves his aim to show that an understanding of the science of phenomena can create a sense of wonder eual to mythic or poetic metaphor with a concomitant gain in understanding and an increased desire to know still and to look askance at delusions that are unsupportable in light of what we know and continue to learn Not every chapter is strong The part on bad science metaphors is not as interesting as the rest and serves simply as an attack on a view of evolution on which he disagrees Those well versed in science might find passages to carp at For the interested non scientist this book is engaging and a useful primer on many topics Keats no mean explorer of knowledge in spite of his dismissal of Newton s optics as an unpoetic unweaving of the rainbow would I would bet enjoy this book mightily once he became current with the growth of scientific understanding since his time

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Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors as Keats contended Did he in other words diminish beauty Far from it says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins; Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology Mysterie. The actual science bits in here are great Learned heaps about the workings of light and colour sound and hearing was even reminded that the idea of superstitious behavior in animals is attributed to Skinner and not sadly my own idea Much geeky excitement experienced all round by yours truly Dawkins does a fine job of explaining complex ideas clearly and wellThat s what was good about Unweaving the RainbowSadly what feels like way than half of the book was spent painstakingly trying to argue people out of believing in astrology ghosts remote viewing etc using logic and scientific fact Its starts about one third the way in My problem with this is threefold1 Dawkins is assuming that logic and scientific fact would have persuasive power for anyone believing in what he calls superstition or ad hoc magic And really why would it I think believers would be the first to point out that this sort of thing is beyond the purview of science2 Dawkins assumes that these deluded people are reading his book I can t say for sure but personally I would be surprised if a diehard believer in ESP or astrology would be interested in reading Dawkins explanation of Fraunhofer lines the electromagnetic spectrum and other fairly hardcore sciencey topics that fill the first third of this book Seems like a different sort of audience So he ends up preaching to the choir and there is something rather uncomfortably self righteous about this Not to mention dull3 Dawkins I don t mean to be unkind but I can t think of any other to state the fact embarrasses himself when he wanders out of the world of science and into literature and the humanities Critiues of the scientific accuracy of Wordsworth poems or a fantasy story by Mark Twain are cringe makingWhat Dawkins doesn t understand about human psychology is a lot I think his whole crusade against religion has been a waste of a good scientific mind and has done a lot of damage to the discussion His aggressive dismissive and disrespectful approach has only put people on the defensive and set an unfortunate exampleI was hoping for a lot wonder of science Instead I felt like I was getting lectured at length for something I didn t even do What do I care about astrologyAnyhow I was hoping for wonders of science and less railing Disappointing Better books on science and wonder that I d recommend

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Omy and genetics to language and virtual reality combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write a brilliant assessment of what science is and isn't a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is uplifting. Enjoyed this book a lot especially the chapters on how humans delude themselves or allow others to delude them including newspapers that include astrology columns That seems very fitting for todays world where politicians yell fake news if they don t like the story about themselves The final chapter is really great as well about memes and language


10 thoughts on “Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

  1. says:

    Have you ever while sheltering in space time under threat of a belligerent snippet of information enclosed in a flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain and tried to derive from first principles how it is that a rainbow forms? Trying to discard all the things you’ve learned about droplets of moisture and the refractive index of light? Imagining how you’d interpret the phenomenon from a position of scientific ig

  2. says:

    The actual science bits in here are great Learned heaps about the workings of light and colour sound and hearing was even reminded that the id

  3. says:

    The first half or so was amazing and the rest was still really interesting especially the end if not uite as exhilarating At the same time you have to remember that even that powerhouse of scientific poetry Carl Sagan had some dry cha

  4. says:

    Written a few years prior to The God Delusion this book serves as a useful bridge for anyone familiar with Dawkins's atheist output but unfamiliar with his scientific titles His critics often like to portray him as arrogan

  5. says:

    One of the Goodreads reviews on this book relates simply that the writer of the review had been on a cruise ship with the author prior to readin

  6. says:

    As a person unlearned well okay let's be honest frankly ignorant in science I enjoyed this wide ranging book Dawkins largely achieves his aim to show that an understanding of the science of phenomena can create a sense of wonder eual to mythic or poetic metaphor with a concomitant gain in understanding and an increased de

  7. says:

    Enjoyed this book a lot especially the chapters on how humans delude themselves or allow others to delude them including newspapers that include astrology columns That seems very fitting for todays world where politicians yell fake news if they don't like the story about themselves The final chapter is really great as well about memes and language

  8. says:

    Dawkins makes a strong case for those of us who believe that scientific literacy not only does not have to come at the pri

  9. says:

    A weak book from Dawkins Regardless of his ideas being right or wrong he is a bad writer and here he is worse than ever He stumbles from the banal to the sublime to the complex to the simple to the popular to the academic without even noticing that One page you are reading a very important theory and in the next paragraph he goes on telling you about a trivial thing that has happened to him the day before Sometimes pages and page

  10. says:

    I would love to praise Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder as a layman's introduction to the wonders of science The premise of the book is that the scientific view is not the bleak and cold perspective that it has a reputation for In support of this the book is chock full of little tidbits that demonstrate the beauty the elegance the chaos and the awe inspiring complexity of

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