Revelations from The God Delusion

January 17, 2007 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Notes and links from The God Delusion, Dawkins. Fin 1/07

p.53 Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Henderson

p.69 Pharyngula blog

p.104 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Adams

p.116 The Salmon of Doubt, Adams

p.118 Creation revisited, Atkins, “…Atkins succeeds in reducing the amount of work the lazy god has to do until he finally ends up doing nothing at all: he might as well not bother to exist.”

P.119 Continued discussion of The Ultimate Boeing 747 gambit, or the “…probability of life originating on Earth is no greater than the chance that a hurricane, sweeping through a scrap yard would have the luck to assemble a Boeing 747…others have borrowed the metaphor to refer to the later evolution of complex living bodies…Dawkins points out that natural selection is not a theory of chance.

p.130 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials – creatures that evolved wheels.

p.154 Teilhard de Chardin, he of the noosphere, The Phenomenon of Man.

p.168 Pinker, How the Mind Works

It was Interesting to read “How to win Friends and Influence People,” by Carnegie, after reading this book.  As Carnegie mentioned, humans are emotional creatures and logic often falls flat when attempting to change people’s minds.  “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic.  We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.”  Religion, as Dawkins points out, is sexy, and exciting.  This is also described in a recent Wired article.  Atheism, is logical and rational, but does not elicit the passion of religion.  It will not fill emotional holes.  The Earth and the Universe are beautifully complex and worthy of awe regardless if you invoke a creator or not, yet imagining a god and a reason for creation pulls at the heart strings, and that seems to be important.

Based on the argumentative style, I don’t think Dawkins has read Carnegie’s book.  But then I don’t think Dawkins, and he says as much, wrote this book to convince believers anyway.

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