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Richard Dawkins

A Devils Chaplain

Richard Dawkins is well known for his outspoken views, particularly on the subject of religion. A Devil's Chaplain is a collection essays he has written, about this and many other subjects. Now collections of essays such as this usually suffer from repetitiveness. It is a measure of Dawkin's skill as a writer (I guess the book's editor should take some credit too) that this doesn't happen - each of the essays brings something new. Some of the essays begin to take the form of a rant, but whether you agree or disagree with what he's saying, the book is well worth reading.

Postmodernism, new-age ideas, creationism and religion in general are all attacked in the essays. The one problem with collecting such essays together in this way is that it makes Dawkins seem to have a much more negative personality than is really the case. But there are plenty of essays which show his positive side - for instance his speculations of the stage genome sequencing will have reached in 2050, and his interest in the 'Out of Africa hypothesis, mirroring his own early life in Kenya. One also gets an idea of the real Dawkins from his eulogies for Douglas Adams and W. D. Hamilton.

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The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins.

 

Richard Dawkins's essays are an enthusiastic testament to the power of rigorous, scientific examination, and they span many different corners of his personal and professional life. He revisits the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work The Selfish Gene. He makes moving tributes to friends and colleagues, including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams; he shares correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; and he visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African wildlife preserve. He concludes the essays with a vivid note to his ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to remain curious, to ask questions, and to live the examined life.