A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins
Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love

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The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins is an enthusiastic declaration, a testament to the power of rigorous scientific examination to reveal the wonders of the world. In these essays Dawkins revisits the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work The Selfish Gene. Here also are moving tributes to friends and colleagues, including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; and visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African wildlife preserve. The collection ends with a vivid note to Dawkins's ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to remain curious, to ask questions, and to live the examined life.
 

About Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
 
Published October 27, 2004 by Mariner Books. 276 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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The collection ends with a section on Africa, where Dawkins was born, with visits to Richard and Maeve Leakey, adventures with a couple devoted to saving wildlife, and descriptions of two exceptional books about Africa, one written by the three children of an Englishwoman who decamped to Botswana...

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A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins Weidenfeld & Nicolson £16.99, pp264 Consider this experiment in temporal ingenuity.

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The Guardian

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A Devil's Chaplain & Other Selected Essays by Richard Dawkins 320pp, Weidenfeld, £16.99 Richard Dawkins's new book, which is a punchy collection of articles, reflections, polemics, book reviews, forewords, tributes and elegies delivered over the past 25 years, takes its title from a letter Darwin...

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While the late Stephen Jay Gould was alive, he and Dawkins were friendly antagonists on the question of whether evolution "progresses" (Gould: No, Dawkins: Yes, depending on your definition of "progress").

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The Bookbag

Summary: A collection of essays, articles and reviews on science and religion, Darwin and evolution, humans and animals, truth and relativism written in excellent style by Richard Dawkins of the 'Selfish Gene' fame.

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The New York Review of Books

The book also features several surprisingly moving eulogies to departed colleagues, including one to Stephen Jay Gould, with whom Dawkins often sparred.

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The Sunday Times

Weidenfeld £16.99 pp272Richard Dawkins’s title comes from Charles Darwin, who remarked: “What a book a Devil’s Chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low and horridly cruel works of nature.” Darwin was worried that the pitiless image of nature projected by his theory of natural...

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