I remembered seeing a part of the movie awhile back and how it seemed interesting, in an after school special sort of way. It was similar to The Secret, but not was well organized. I felt sometimes like it was 3 people throwing out random opinions and platitudes. There is some good information within, once you can sift through it all. It didn't hold my attention as many books do. I actually stopped halfway and listened to an entire other book before returning.
This was a the 1st book by Richard Dawkins that I read. I must say, I was hooked almost immediately! He may seem arrogant at times, but it's more passion and frustration than arrogance. I am thinking about going back and listening to it again, just for kicks. I am sure there is something I missed the first time around!
What can I say? I LOVE Mary Roach!! Ever since I read her columns in Readers Digest, I've been hooked on her! Just when you think you are going to lose it over some gory detail, in comes the wit. I lost count of the outburts of laughter. Good thing I was in the car. I had no interest in the topic of dead bodies, but since it was Mary, I gave it a shot. I learned more than I ever expected to and had fun along the way!
There isn't much to say. I saw an interview with the author and HAD to read the book. In stark contrast to Dawkins, Bugilosi suggests that Agnosticism is the only logical way to be. Whereas, Dawkins basically calls us cowards (I still like Dawkins, regardless). It's a well planned and well reasoned book. Worth the time!
I started with Misquoting Jesus, by the same author. As a newly freed Agnostic, I was eager to know what lies I had been taught my whole life. This book was a great follow-up. There was some overlap, but that is needed so each book can stand alone. I actually found myself getting angry and some of the information. I was raised to believe that God inspired the Bible... not the case at all. If you are questioning, I highly recommend ANY book by this author!
I positively LOVED this book!! After reading it, so much made sense. I feel like I could take on a creationist and hold my own in a debate! Way to go Dawkins!!!
Richard Dawkins never ceases to lure me in! As always, I was completely enthralled with this book. The performance is always top notch. My only warning... If you are a scientist, this may be a little elementary for you. It's a great book for people looking to know more about how the world works. The thing I found amusing was how on one hand Dawkins admits to having basically quantum knowledge; and on the next, he is making conclusions about things that require such knowledge. Conclusions, I might add, that I didn't 100% agree with. But that's Dawkins! No one can ever accuse him of not being passionate enough. This is the 4th book of his that I've read and I am in search of the next one to devour!
The material is VERY interesting. However, when the book ended, I felt as though I missed something. I don't think the author went as deep on some subjects as he could have. There were several moments where I felt like I had spaced out and missed a transition to a new subject. The entire book was like one giant hypothetical question. It really makes you think, but if you want concrete answers or conclusions, this is not the book for you. The author was non-judgemental, but almost to a fault. I enjoyed it and I am also listening to The End of Faith, by the same author.
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