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A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins
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Jul 04, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 04 to 19, 2012

In this collection of his best essays, Dawkins uses wit and an analytic mind to speak out against pseudoscience, religion, and mysticism. One essay takes on "crystal power." As far as religion and science ever converging, Dawkins answers with an emphatic NO!

One essay is a moving eulogy written for Douglas Adams in 2001. Quite interesting is his Correspondence with a Darwinian Heavyweight, an exchange of letters between Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould.

Also quite revealing is the author's open letter to his daughter on her tenth birthday, titled "Good and Bad Reasons for Believing." It deals with the subject of how we know what we know. The best reason for believing is "evidence." Some bad reasons are tradition, authority, and revelation.

A very worthwhile venture into the debate between religion and science.

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