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PDF Â BOOK Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder FREE Ø RICHARD DAWKINS ¸ 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 ROnomy 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 uplifti 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

PDF ´ Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder  Richard Dawkins

Ies 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 astr 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 arrogant hectoring or that other old chestnut 'shrill' and overly absorbed with the cold clinical application of the scientific method Well he may not be cuddly and I may not agree with his approach to everything but for the most part I find him genial honorable and good natured and this book essentially a non religious celebration of life and the scientific method displays his warmth and humanity in bucketloads as it reveals how a greater understanding of science enlarges rather than diminishes our sense of wonder This was enlightening beautifully written and highly recommended I know I will read it again

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Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for WonderDid 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 Myster 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 ignorance? For me this brought to mind two things First that Keats should’ve had his testicles artfully tied into a balloon animal and smacked across the forehead so hard that his shoelaces exploded Second this conversation that I had recently with a friend who was thinking about attending a large social gatheringMe Don’t do itThem I feel like everything will be okayMe Well I’m glad you FEEL like everything will be okay That’s little consolation for those of us who choose to engage with reality Facts don’t care about your feelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You’re proceeding off the assumption that facts exist as free floating rationales independent of human minds and that we are creatures primarily motivated by reason When in fact research indicates just the opposite So in a very real sense facts do care about my feelings and if they can’t cohabitate then guess what gets jettisoned?Me Alright wiseass You agree that reasoning backwards is not good So this is another one of those pointless exercises you’re so fond ofThem But the data has been politicized If you think those numbers are inerrant then I have a bridge to sell you And listen it’s a trade off between economic loss and loss of life and I think feelings have a great deal to say about proper governance in that situation Score another one for feelingsMe I didn’t say we shouldn’t have fucking feelings As a matter of fact I’m advocating against loss of life by telling you not to attend that meeting on Klingon and its applications to erotic role playing I’m only making a case for responding intelligently to a situation of extreme uncertainty I don’t think we have perfect information But what information we do have makes very clear that you’re a dumb shit if learning how to say “Can I play Pterodactyl when I’m about to go?” In Klingon is important than slowing the spread of this virusThem Well here’s the thingMe I’ll kill youThem What?Me I will artfully tie your testicles into a balloon animal and smack you across the forehead so hard that your shoelaces explodeThem what?Me I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I feel about String TheoryMe Wot?Them I thought of hidden dimensions when you mentioned balloon knotsMe WHAT?Them A Calabi–Yau manifold specificallyMe Wait a minute This is me isn’t it?Me What?Me I will use your Fallopian tubes as an N95 surgical mask if you try to step out that doorMe what?Me You know how I feel about GiraffesMe Wot?Me That Dawkins book was great yea?Me I loved itWhat’s this book about? Well if I had to encapsulate it in a flimsy lipid membrane I’d say it’s something like ATCG But if I felt oddly compelled to share my thoughts with strangers on the internet I’d say something like There is deep beauty hidden within the seemingly mundane aspects of our daily reality that most of us fail to apprehend due to what Dawkins calls “The Anesthetic of Familiarity” an intense beauty that makes the ramblings of mystics and untethered romantics look embarrassingly uaint by comparison It is all around us and available to anyone motivated by genuine curiosity to utter perhaps the hardest phrase in the English language “I don’t know” And from there you can begin to learn a bit about the natural world the scope of its complexity and the thrill of knowing how shit works As an added bonus an appreciation for the time and effort it takes to actually ‘know’ something will help you better prepare for existential shocks in the form of pissed off proteins With any luck your willingness to combat dumbfuckery will spread exponentially and lead to a informed society less enthralled by smoke and mirrors and savvy on the nefarious schemes of microorganisms and garden gnomesThis book is about how the splendor of the natural world beats all that Mickey Mouse Bull Suash people produce out of ignorance prejudice superstition and doing too many whippets so badly that its shoes go flying off with tangential force eual to a supersonic centrifuge filling with enriched pain precipitating out of liuid regret Have you ever seen someone take an ass beating so bad that their shoes ended up on a nearby roof? Well let me tell you about the first time I took the Lord’s name in vain Actually no Let me share this bit with you from my Science Daddy Richard Feynman“I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is” and I’ll agree Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing” and I think that he’s kind of nutty First of all the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too I believe Although I may not be uite as refined aesthetically as he is I can appreciate the beauty of a flower At the same time I see much about the flower than he sees I could imagine the cells in there the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions the inner structure also the processes The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color It adds a uestion does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting uestions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement the mystery and the awe of a flower It only adds I don’t understand how it subtracts”Retrieve your shoes with this book