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Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for WonderDid Newton unweave the Rainbow Science ePUB #9734 rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors as Keats contended Did he in other words diminish beauty Far from Unweaving the eBook #181 it says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins Newton's unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmolo. Have you ever while sheltering in space time under threat of a belligerent snippet of information enclosed in a flimsy lipid membrane sat on your porch during the rain and tried to derive from first principles how it is that a rainbow forms Trying to discard all the things you’ve learned about droplets of moisture and the refractive index of light Imagining how you’d interpret the phenomenon from a position of scientific ignorance For me this brought to mind two things First that Keats should’ve had his testicles artfully tied into a balloon animal and smacked across the forehead so hard that his shoelaces exploded Second this conversation that I had recently with a friend who was thinking about attending a large social gatheringMe Don’t do itThem I feel like everything will be okayMe Well I’m glad you FEEL like everything will be okay That’s little consolation for those of us who choose to engage with reality Facts don’t care about your feelingsThem ActuallyMe Oh godThem You’re proceeding off the assumption that facts exist as free floating rationales independent of human minds and that we are creatures primarily motivated by reason When in fact research indicates just the opposite So in a very real sense facts do care about my feelings and if they can’t cohabitate then guess what gets jettisonedMe Alright wiseass You agree that reasoning backwards is not good So this is another one of those pointless exercises you’re so fond ofThem But the data has been politicized If you think those numbers are inerrant then I have a bridge to sell you And listen it’s a trade off between economic loss and loss of life and I think feelings have a great deal to say about proper governance in that situation Score another one for feelingsMe I didn’t say we shouldn’t have fucking feelings As a matter of fact I’m advocating against loss of life by telling you not to attend that meeting on Klingon and its applications to erotic role playing I’m only making a case for responding intelligently to a situation of extreme uncertainty I don’t think we have perfect information But what information we do have makes very clear that you’re a dumb shit if learning how to say “Can I play Pterodactyl when I’m about to go” In Klingon is important than slowing the spread of this virusThem Well here’s the thingMe I’ll kill youThem WhatMe I will artfully tie your testicles into a balloon animal and smack you across the forehead so hard that your shoelaces explodeThem whatMe I made myself perfectly clearThem You know how I feel about String TheoryMe WotThem I thought of hidden dimensions when you mentioned balloon knotsMe WHATThem A Calabi–Yau manifold specificallyMe Wait a minute This is me isn’t itMe WhatMe I will use your Fallopian tubes as an N95 surgical mask if you try to step out that doorMe whatMe You know how I feel about GiraffesMe WotMe That Dawkins book was great yeaMe I loved itWhat’s this book about Well if I had to encapsulate it in a flimsy lipid membrane I’d say it’s something like ATCG But if I felt oddly compelled to share my thoughts with strangers on the internet I’d say something like There is deep beauty hidden within the seemingly mundane aspects of our daily reality that most of us fail to apprehend due to what Dawkins calls “The Anesthetic of Familiarity” an intense beauty that makes the ramblings of mystics and untethered romantics look embarrassingly uaint by comparison It is all around us and available to anyone motivated by genuine curiosity to utter perhaps the hardest phrase in the English language “I don’t know” And from there you can begin to learn a bit about the natural world the scope of its complexity and the thrill of knowing how shit works As an added bonus an appreciation for the time and effort it takes to actually ‘know’ something will help you better prepare for existential shocks in the form of pissed off proteins W

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Ling topics in modern science from astronomy and genetics to language and virtual reality combining them in a landmark statement of the human appetite for wonder This is the book Richard Dawkins was meant to write a brilliant assessment of what science is and isn't a tribute to science not because it is useful but because it is upliftin. Dawkins makes a strong case for those of us who believe that scientific literacy not only does not have to come at the price of aesthetic appreciation but can actually enhance it Put another way good science inspires good poetry The sense of wonder we feel when watching the sun set should if anything be enhanced if we are aware of the physics of light reaching our retina the 93 million miles the light had to travel to reach us the ability of the light to at times be refracted into a rainbow etc Science can also correct bad poetry or metaphors; he does a good job of showing why an understanding of the arbitrary position of stars' light as it reaches us should argue against astrology and is as unrelenting against numerology postmodernism and religious fundamentalism Anyone who appreciates Bill Bryson will enjoy this book The author gives one of the most cogent explanations I have read for our propensity to overweight anecdotal statistically insignificant eventsMy only gripes about the book were his tendency to assume the reader has as much knowledge of and fondness for Keats and Byron as he seems to have and his apparent impatience for those who lose themselves in their metaphors looking for meaning in random physical events I believe only a minority of people can tolerate the anxiety that comes from confronting their smallness in the universe a universe that if it is ruled by a deity does not apparently need to be as Stephen Hawkings so aptly illustrated in a Brief History of Time

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Download Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Â [EPUB] ✰ Unweaving the Rainbow Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder By Richard Dawkins – Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reGy Mysteries the Rainbow Science PDF #8608 don't lose their poetry because they are solved the solution often is beautiful than the puzzle uncovering deeper mysteries With the wit insight and spellbinding the Rainbow Science Delusion and PDF or prose that have made him a best selling author Dawkins takes up the most important and compel. One of the Goodreads reviews on this book relates simply that the writer of the review had been on a cruise ship with the author prior to reading the book When she DID read the book she regretted that she didn't do some kind of small violence to his person while on the cruise with himIn many ways that sums up my take beautifully This was the most interesting book I've ever despised Certainly I have a brain not suited to the exigencies of science But when he wasn't losing me in a web of convoluted explanation he was was looking down his nose at me like a curmudgeonly professor who is inordinately piued that an average undergraduate had the audacity to drop by during office hours and ask a stupid uestionThat said I learned a lot and while I did not become a convert to his thesis that science can be as beautiful as poetry I will admit that were my brain suited to the beauty of say probability I would have been in ecstasy while perusing the pages of this tome In discussing how we discover our world; we arrived by being born and we didn't burst conscious into the world but accumulated awareness gradually through babyhood The fact that we slowly apprehend our world rather than suddenly discover it should not subtract from its wonder And maybe that's where he lost me I haven't accumulated enough awareness to see what he sees And to believe what he believes But condescension does not encourage me to become aware It encourages me to shrug and go back to my music or my poetry or my philosophy All of that said there were several aha moments; some I never knew that before aha some I never thought about it that way before aha and some I had totally forgotten about that aha Like his analogy about how expansive the earth's past is; Fling your arms wide in an expansive gesture to span all of evolution from its origin at your left fingertip to today at your right fingertip All the way across your midline to well past your right shoulder life consists of nothing but bacteria Many celled invertebrate life flowers somewhere around your right elbow The dinosaurs originate in the middle of your right palm and go extinct around your last finger joint The whole story of Homo sapiens and our predecessor Homo erectus is contained in the thickness of one nail clipping As for recorded history; as for the Sumerians the Babylonians the Jewish patriarchs the dynasties of Pharohs the legions of Rome the Christian Fathers the Laws of the Medes and Persians which never change; as for Troy and the Greeks Helen and Achilles and Agamemnon dead; as for Napolean and Hitler the Beatles and Bill Clinton they and everyone that knew them are blown away in the dust from one light stroke of a nail fileIn my opinion that ualifies as scientific poetry But that's because it takes an idea and sketches it with metaphor and examples that are accessible and understandable to my way of thinking And Dawkins too often refuses to stoop to that levelFor example consider this uote from astrophysicist Chandrasekhar; beauty is that to which the human mind responds at its deepest and most profound Indeed Of course I left out the beginning of the uote which talks about math and how it relates to nature That's not beautiful to me I understand why it's beautiful to those whose brains process math differently But my brain does not work that way My mind responds to a different beauty Does that make my idea of beauty any less valid Dawkins would undoubtedly say Yes Then he'd kick me out of his office and grumble discontentedly as he adjusted his suspenders and wandered back to his deskBut when Dawkins DOES lower himself to my level and speak my language he pulls me right in; his discussion on coincidence and how in our multi media age we are likely to see a pattern where there is none was eye opening And his fascinating riff on the fact that science is an affront to common sense made me smile in satisfaction; For example every time you drink a glass of water you are