Science in the Soul

  • by Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward, Gillian Somerscales
  • 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins - author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion - is one of science's greatest communicators. This anthology of more than 40 pieces is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and the glory of science. Breathtaking, brilliant and passionate, these essays, journalism, lectures and letters make an unanswerable case for the wonder of scientific discovery and its power to stir the imagination; for the practical necessity of scientific endeavour to society; and for the importance of the scientific way of thinking - particularly in today's 'post-truth' world.
With an introduction and new commentary by the author, subjects range from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one. Alongside the explications, the celebrations and the controversies are wonderfully funny ventures into satire and parody and moving personal reflections in memory and honour of others.
Science in the Soul is a sparkling showcase for Professor Dawkins' rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy.
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Let's face it, it's Dawkins, it's got to be good.

Dawkins is a wonderful science educator and himself a shining candle in the dark. I would recommend reading/listening to all of his books.
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A crusade against an army of straw men

I've had a soft spot for Richard Dawkins from when I first read The Selfish Gene, but you really have to wonder where Mr Dawkins is going now. Most of the views he fights against in this book seem to me only to be held by utter cranks. He (and his wife) voice these cranky views in such hyperbolic inverted commas, that they must feel this too. At one point (theoretically addressing arch-crank, HRH The Prince of Wales) Dawkins launches into a complete rant against David Cameron and his decision to hold a referendum on Brexit. How did that get into a book on science? Dawkins is really quite offensive, saying that there is a rule about not letting imbeciles into the House of Commons, which should have been applied in Cameron's case. Anyway I digress. The point is that I cannot understand who this book is for. If you hold cranky new-age ideas you won't read a book by Mr Dawkins, if you basically love learning, rationality, enlightenment, and all that Dawkins has fought to defend all his life, you will not discover much new or interesting in this book. It mostly sets up silly ideas and then demolishes them.

Narration. Oh dear. If you heard me talk you would probably mark me up as someone a bit posh, but this ivory-tower simpering is too much even for me. The exaggerated respect for the 'ordinary person' who really should not be talked down to. Yuk. I'm sorry - this man is rich enough to pay for professional actors to read his works.
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- Judy Corstjens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks