I love the way Dawkins can pull together many streams of thought to synthesize a holos at the end of the winding path. This series takes a strong existentialist look at what we take as real. The alternate male/female narrative style lends to balance and continued interest in the topic. What Dawkins teaches in this series is nothing short of looking oneself straight in the mirror without delusion interfering in the process. This is science, but it is so much more than that too.
This is a very good audiobook and I would recommend it to anyone.
How Dawkins used science to explain how life has emerged on this planet.
A personal touch (particularly Dawkins). His emphasis is in all the right places so that the meaning of the book really comes across nicely.
Yes, I wish I could have read it all at once.
Great book. Highly recommend it!
Science and philosophy buff
Although this is well troden teritory and there are many other good books that cover this ground Richard Dawkins is always worth listening to.
Yes, I have them all
I enjoyed the many myths in the book -- very entertaining. Dawkins uses very good illustrations of distances or time when discussing very small or very large "things." He totally dismisses other ways of viewing reality (through consciousness and thought), so his book is good as a scientific discourse but it may miss the "big picture" (which, granted, is very unknowable with any certainty -- or with any scientific proof). I wish he would have at least tried to delve a bit into this way of looking at reality.
The books seems very interesting for people not used to read about science. For me, a person interested in science, the books seems "for dummies".
I would definitively consider the audio edition to be better than the print version. Reading this would most likely put me to sleep.
The most interesting aspect of the story would be the author's comparisons of fact to the mythologies of different religions around the world. It is fascinating to hear what people use to believe, and what some people still believe.
I was expecting more along the lines of quantum physics and the perception of reality. What I got was a summary of all my high school science classes. I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. But some how the author kept my interest and a I kept on listening. Its a good listen for anyone interested in basic science. If I purchased the print version I never would have finished it.
The very concise, and almost familiar, delivery of the information is just fantastic. I have read a number of Dawkins' other works, and I enjoyed this one very much. I think that for someone who doesn't want to spend the time to absorb all the other Dawkins works, this one is a good choice to get the
I always appreciate the inflection you get from a narration that you may not get from your own internal narrator. Dawkins and Ward are a good team, and they both seem to be having a good time while narrating.
I read "The God Delusion" (same author) and found some of the science way over my head yet I liked the book enough that I am reading it for a second time. The topic is of utmost interest to me.
I find this book (The Magic of Reality) somewhat "below my head". The topic is absolutely magical. There is no question about that. However, many of the concepts are laid out once, twice, three times and more and the repetition gets a bit boring.
Perhaps that is because of the weighty material being discussed, and the author's desire to dispel myths. He presents clear and concise arguments at each stage of the discussions, so clear in fact that the repetitions become redundant in some chapters.
However this a most interesting book. I learned a great deal...and I know I missed much. Therefore, I will listen to this book again.
A great mind dumbing down to an audience that hoped for, and deserved, better." The God Delusion" delivered what you would expect from one the great critical thinkers of our time.
However, if depth, piercing insight, and just the right amount of pith is what you are hoping
for here, keep moving, nothing to see here, move along. Perhaps Mr. Dawkins had a particular demographic in mind when he sat down to pen this one, I just wish there was a hint of the intent in the title. Perhaps a sub rosa line like " this is for the mouth breathers who aint real good with all them big words and ideas". After listening I very quickly removed it from my device thinking firstly I had wasted my time and money, and second, I'll never miss it. I really hope, and fully expect, that the next offering from Dawkins will be right back
back where he belongs, on the best seller's list. Don't look for this one there.