Richard Dawkins's A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and PDF

By Richard Dawkins

ISBN-10: 0618335404

ISBN-13: 9780618335404

The first number of essays from well known scientist and best-selling writer Richard Dawkins. 

Richard Dawkins's essays are an enthusiastic testomony to the ability of rigorous, medical exam, and so they span many alternative corners of his own existence. He revisits the meme, the unit of cultural details that he named and wrote approximately in his groundbreaking paintings The egocentric Gene. He makes relocating tributes to pals and co-workers, together with a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams; he stocks correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; and he visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African natural world look after. He concludes the essays with a bright be aware to his ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to stay curious, to invite questions, and to reside the tested existence.

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At present, I conceive, a much greater source of evil is the selfishness, or the selfish partialities, of the voter himself. , e or responsibility. In times not long gone by, the higher and richer classes were in complete possession of the government. Their power was the master grievance of the country. The habit of voting at the bidding of an employer, or of a landlord, was so firmly established, that hardly anything was capable of shaking it but a strong popular enthusiasm, seldom known to exist but in a good cause.

The compromising temper which English and American politicians have in common, and the want of which is one cause of the repeated failures of liberal institutions elsewhere, is sorrretimes ascribed to the less inflammable character of their northern blood; but may more rationally be attributed to their greater political experience, and longer possession of free government. They are content to exercise a limited power, because they have never felt or been subiect to any power which was "- 346 ESSAYS ON POLITICS AND SOCIETY not obviously limited.

For it must be borne in mind that the ballot cannot be, and has not defended otherwise than as a necessary evil. Necessary it might have but an evil it could never fail to be. The moral sentiment of mankind, 337 much (and desirbeen, been, in all periods of tolerably enlightened morality, has condemned c_9/lgf,alm_t_ unless when required by some overpowering motive; and if it be one of the paramount objects of national education to foster courage and public spirit, it is high time nOW that people should be taught the duty of asserting and actin o enly on their_opinions.

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