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The Resource Science in the soul : selected writings of a passionate rationalist, Richard Dawkins ; edited by Gillian Somerscales

Science in the soul : selected writings of a passionate rationalist, Richard Dawkins ; edited by Gillian Somerscales

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Science in the soul : selected writings of a passionate rationalist
Title
Science in the soul
Title remainder
selected writings of a passionate rationalist
Statement of responsibility
Richard Dawkins ; edited by Gillian Somerscales
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Language
eng
Summary
"For decades, Richard Dawkins has been the world's most brilliant scientific communicator, consistently illuminating the wonders of nature and attacking faulty logic. Science in the Soul brings together forty-two essays, polemics, and paeans--all written with Dawkins's characteristic erudition, remorseless wit, and unjaded awe of the natural world. Though it spans three decades, this book couldn't be more timely or more urgent. Elected officials have opened the floodgates to prejudices that have for half a century been unacceptable or at least undercover. In a passionate introduction, Dawkins calls on us to insist that reason take center stage and that gut feelings, even when they don't represent the stirred dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. And in the essays themselves, newly annotated by the author, he investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardor for "the sacred truth of nature" and renders here with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. Woven into an exploration of the vastness of geological time, for instance, is the peculiar history of the giant tortoises and the sea turtles--whose journeys between water and land tell us a deeper story about evolution. At this moment, when so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy--"a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation"--and celebrates science as possessing many of religion's virtues--"explanation, consolation, and uplift"--without its detriments of superstition and prejudice. In a world grown irrational and hostile to facts, Science in the Soul is an essential collection by an indispensable author"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1941-
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Dawkins, Richard
Dewey number
501
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q175
LC item number
.D325 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Somerscales, Gillian
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Science
Target audience
adult
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Science in the soul : selected writings of a passionate rationalist, Richard Dawkins ; edited by Gillian Somerscales
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
438 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9780399592249
Lccn
2017025118
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1833151
  • 860131
Label
Science in the soul : selected writings of a passionate rationalist, Richard Dawkins ; edited by Gillian Somerscales
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
438 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9780399592249
Lccn
2017025118
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1833151
  • 860131

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