Richard Dawkins attempts to systematically dispel any and all rationalizations for believing in a supreme being. I believe it is a valiant attempt, but the pure act of trying to convince others that there is no god is, to me, part of a religion in and of itself.
I do not believe in a god for two main reasons: 1) It makes me feel better than believing that there is a god, and 2) The idea allows people to avoid thinking on their own and simply assign anything they do not understand to something no one can explain. But if I tried to convince others they should bend to my way of "thinking" (believing), I feel that is the same as any other commonly accepted religion in existence.
The story itself was good, although not compelling.
The performance itself was very good....however, just illustrated my point further.
Yes - I enjoy hearing arguments for unprovable assumptions.
For me yes, I have a busy schedule and a long commute. Audio books allow me much more time to read(listen).
I found Mr. Dawkins does what very few people do. He gives you information from both sides of the arguments and allows the information to make the argument not the other way around. (Michael Shermers Baloney Detection kit)
Ms. Ward does a fabulous job, I love her tones and sarcasms. She adds great dimension and personality to the reading. It is very much like having a conversation with 2 people over a coffee.
Over and over Mr. Dawkins opened my eyes to how I had been spoon fed only the tastiest bits of the bible and religion. I have never been a person of great faith and now I understand why.
I think it would be quite something to meet Mr. Dawkins. I intend to seek out more of his work. I will also be trying to see or hear any of his interviews that are available. What an inspiring mentor.
Dawkins makes some nice points. Parts of the book seem to drag on a bit longer than necessary, but worth a listen/read.
The book makes a case for agnosticism and lor atheism I would have saved my money had I known up front the content was aimed at proselytizing for this position. This is of absolutely no interest to me I would like to screen this type of content out of my library and obtain refunds and return these volumes to the seller.
Excellent book. Some minor errors, but on the whole makes good sense and I am sure will be helpful for th e fence-sitters who can't make up their minds, mainly because they just don't have enough information.
I identified with the ideas Dawkins puts forward. Although I had many moments where I caught myself nodding unconsciously in agreement, there were as many moments where I felt embarrassed for the author. Even though I believe his position to be right, I accept the right of others to disagree.
I have been studying religion and the beliefs and practices of them for a few years now. I stumbled on this book on Audible just as it was released. It puts in one book all the questions and then answers them that anyone could have about the issues with religion. The logical thinking person should arrive at the ideas on their own but religion sets out to brainwash the believers and to label anyone that does not believe as godless and heathen. Because there seems to be so many more believers than non believers you feel that you should keep your opinions to yourself since it could affect your opportunities in many ways. This book has made me more comfortable with my beliefs and to look on the believers in an almost sad light. Great read!
The former Doctor Who actress, Lalla Ward (Richard Dawkins' partner) is the real star of this recording. She gives a forceful reading that really packs a punch. Well done!
I am a little over two hours away from finishing this book and I'm debating whether or not to finish it. When an author gives unnamed or non-professional web sites as a viable reference, they lose credibility in my view. The author does make some good points, many great arguments and I have learned a few things from listening but it's been WORK to listen to it. I'm certainly getting more laughs out of it than other books I've listened to that were meant to be comedy.
If they want to be taken completely serious as they seem to want, they must remove the questionable statements and references, such as the web sites for one example.
On another note, the author and another person are the narrators for this book. BIG mistake. They are very difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes. They are perfectly suited for a meditation or relaxation vocal performances.
I'm rating the book this low because:
* The content is not presented as strongly as the preface/foreward would have you believe. It should've been presented as an argument, viewpoint, etc. and not proof.
* The narrators are ill-suited for this type of content.
* Some "proofs" are presented on the foundation of highly questionable sources.
I am guessing that a religious person will be quite offended by this book and if they follow it until the end, will use it as ammunition against athiests. Thankfully I am not a religious person. I was really hoping this book was going to be the one that I'd refer to during future discussions but it has turned out to be one that I hope the religious folks don't ever see. It's far too weak to make it's point and it will be used against athiests as an embarrassment if not more.
This could have been a amusing book. Mr. Dawkins locks himself in the box of a purely scientific perspective and then attempts to deal with a subject almost entirely outside of his particular box. He is then forced to create psuedo scientific methods to attempt to make his point.
Any humor soon is lost due to Dawkins' manifest hatred for anything and anyone spiritual or religous. This anger is so powerful that it wrecks any chance that he would have to make logical arguments.
It is very difficult to write about a subject when you can't deal with it honestly.
He should have said god can't be measured, therefore god doesn't exist.