l'enfer c'est les autres
I enjoyed this book, but in comparison to his other books this one is only okay. It's similar but not as good as "The History of Nearly Everything" or "Science Matters". Each of those books cover similar topics but in more depth and better expositions.
It's unfair of me to rank this book in comparison to the author's other works. If I had not listened to all of his other books I might have rated the book a 4, but I loved his other books so much I had higher expectations for this one.
I love Dawkins in general but this is pretty much just a rehashing of previous work.
Great for a "first Dawkins book" reader.
I'll disclaim that I only read about half the book, giving it a solid try because I've liked other books by Dawkins. But this just had nothing that interesting or new for someone with a even cursory science education.
The sub-head "How we know what's really true" led me to believe the book would be about how to refute and rebut arguments from the religious right on the validity of the Bible, etc.
Instead it's a rather dull science textbook written for pre-teenagers.
And unfortunately the woman's voice and intonation makes it seem that she is speaking to someone who doesn't understand English.
I like Hawkins, but not this.
A good introductory science text with an emphasis on explaining away myths.I have listened to a couple of Dawkin's books and overall agree with what he and his partner have to say. I found the introductory chapters did a good job of explaining how science views and explains what reality is and the differences between data and observational based reality versus myths and beliefs based on misunderstanding and outright distortions. The latter chapters become a bit repetitious.
Although Dawkins and Ward do an adequate job of narrating, I think that the narration would be better done by professionals. Normally I like it when authors read their works, but in this case I am not so sure.
Yes. I would recommend it to younger people who would want to better understand how science views reality.
This one is ok, presented well, and I liked the presentation and the author, and narration of the team. Breaks it up from having one speaker the entire book. Appreciated the effort of gathering the knowledge presented, and when to say "I don't understand."
Now this tells you about the DNA, Universe, religion, myths.... type thing. Giving the science side of the house. All valid stuff and good. So if you've never listened to one of these "everything about everything" volumes then I recommend it, and learned a few more things. The slight bias is to describe how the science point of view is correct, and once you get past the stories, myths, and non-logic of the other beliefs, the science presented is "what's really true." But that is what their theme is, so its on path with the sub-title. So, between the vast amount of science info, intermixed with the stated bias, its a lot of info and an interesting listen. I follow the science side of the house myself, but I also know that, 'what you believe is what's true for you and how you perceive the universe,' so... there's that. Enjoy, I recommend it.
On till now I thought that God Delusion was best work of Richard Dawkins , The Selfish Gene annoyed me a little bit that is way I was very skeptical about this one , was I WRONG !!!
When you read this book you will know general knowledge about Universe, Earth, etc.., how things work ,why Rainbow is full of color, I thing that every human in 21st century regarding of background, religion and education level should read this book , and then perhaps we would have same platform on one we could build our future . !! Read it you won’t be disappointed .
If Dawkins lived in the old days he would have either been killed and tortured and worship as a "god"
One of the few people that have helped me change my perspective to a much broader more accepting one especially if the magic of reality !
"God bless you" Richard LOL
Dr. G. Derrick Hodge
This book would be a great primer for junior high school science class. Basic but interesting review of physics, biology, and astronomy. It is not easy to discern the author's real purpose, other than a general resentment against religion. The book is hardly what I thought it was, which was an epistemological commentary. Since the target seems to be adults, the author could have made the material a bit more challenging. The performance alternates between a male and a female reader, which is an unusual but effective strategy.
This book is similar to Carl Sagan's Cosmos. Sagan taught from a physics perspective and Dawkins sees the universe as a biologist. Each chapter is fascinating. Dawkins explains incredibly complicated concepts, by starting with a simple concept and then building on it.