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book review | The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins the Magic of Reality book reviewAuthor: Richard Dawkins
Title: The Magic of Reality
Series: –
Genre: Science; Philosophy
Pages: 271
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins is an amazing book. Just what I needed for the weekend.

About the Book: With great passion author tells us how magical our reality is. And how unfair it is to call things we don’t understand – supernatural. That sort of implies it cannot be explained and creates a dead end for progress. Instead, he tells us myths that explained earthquakes and rainbows and what they really are. Tells us how we know there are planets out there, and how we found out that Earth isn’t, in fact, flat or at the center of the universe. Author tells us, in short, that the very fact we are here, made out of stardust, is magic itself, even if we know the science behind it.

My Opinion: A very interesting and very engaging book. Went from cover to cover in one sitting and regret nothing. There’s some science, not too much, with author very willingly admitting to the things he doesn’t know, understand, and therefor – cannot explain to us. The rest is just beautiful bunch of pointing in awe, look at this, look at that, do you know what ancient people called this? The only con I have got downgraded at the end. Author seemed to be very condescending towards people with different beliefs. But by the end of the book I realized that it is because he feels like it devalues otherwise a priceless phenomena.

Even though I believe some things can be said with a little more manners, I’ll give this book a 5 out of 5 nonetheless.

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book review | Confessions of an Alien Hunter by Seth Shostak

confessions of an alien hunter seth shostak book review knygos apzvalgaAuthor: Seth Shostak
Title: Confessions of an Alien Hunter
Series: –
Genre: Astronomy; Science
Pages: 309
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Not gonna lie, when I picked up “Confessions of an Alien Hunter” by Seth Shostak, I kind of expected a book by someone who drives around strange roads at night, looking up at the sky, visiting known spots, and not a book by an actual scientist. Strangely… Disappointing. But I learned quite a bit, so there’s that.

About the Book: Author, balancing between skepticism and hope, or rather, trust in science, tells us of his life’s work, and does his best to answer the age old question, and every other that arises out of it: so are we alone in the universe? 

My Opinion: It’s well written, but sometimes forgets about such mere mortals as myself, with gaps in either knowledge or education. Still, was interesting. Just, I guess, not what I expected or wanted.

Can’t fault the author for my shortcomings, so the book gets a solid 4 out of 5.

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