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Read online A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and best selling author Richard Dawkins b .

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Richard Dawkins s essays are an enthusiastic testament to the power of rigorous scientific examination and they span many different corners of his personal and professional life He revisits the meme the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work i The Selfish Gene i He makes moving tributes to friends and colleagues including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams he shares correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould and he visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African wildlife preserve He concludes the essays with a vivid note to his ten year old daughter reminding her to remain curious to ask questions and to live the examined life by Richard Dawkins

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A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
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Number of Pages:263
Category:Non fiction, Philosophy, Atheism, Essays, Biology, Evolution, Science
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b th Anniversary Edition b br b b br b b b Cover note Each copy of the anniversary edition of i The Blind Watchmaker i features a unique biomorph No two covers are exactly alike b br br Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years i The Blind Watchmaker i offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection the unconscious automatic blind yet essentially non random process discovered by Darwin is the only answer to the biggest question of all why do we exist, Magic takes many forms Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods bridge to earth The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail These are magical extraordinary tales But there is another kind of magic and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions It is the magic of reality science br br Packed with clever thought experiments dazzling illustrations and jaw dropping facts The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena What is stuff made of How old is the universe Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle What causes tsunamis Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals Who was the first man or woman This is a page turning graphic detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well br br Richard Dawkins the world s most famous evolutionary biologist and one of science education s most passionate advocates has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult readers But now in a dramatic departure he has teamed up with acclaimed artist Dave McKean and used his unrivaled explanatory powers to share the magic of science with readers of all ages This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works Dawkins and McKean have created an illustrated guide to the secrets of our world and the universe beyond that will entertain and inform for years to come, i The Selfish Gene th Anniversary Edition with a new Introduction by the Author i br br Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin Watson and Crick Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene Suppose instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves as we had since Mendel s work was rediscovered we turn it around and imagine that our genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years and we haven t thought of evolution in the same way since br Why are there miles and miles of unused DNA within each of our bodies Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers With a prophet s clarity Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology he paved the way for a serious re evaluation of evolution He also introduced the concept of self reproducing ideas or memes which seemingly use humans exclusively for their propagation If we are puppets he says at least we can try to understand our strings Rob Lightner, People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals known as survival of the fittest with the individual representing the unit of selection Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his highly acclaimed The Selfish Gene He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms We can then view changes in phenotypes the end products of genes like eye color or leaf shape which are usually considered to increase the fitness of an individual as serving the evolutionary interests of genes br br Dawkins makes a convincing case that considering one s body personality and environment as a field of combat in a kind of arms race between genes fighting to express themselves on a strand of DNA can clarify and extend the idea of survival of the fittest This influential and controversial book illuminates the complex world of genetics in an engaging lively manner