The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins – review

I posted earlier about this book, but this review from The Gardian’s was worth a mention so I thought i’d post it.

“Myths and fables are the first Just So stories; they tell us what we would like to know. Science tells us what we may know, along with why and how we may know it. Myths endure because, at their best, they are great stories. The narrative of science is always incomplete, continuously under revision, and seldom delivers a neat ending or a consoling moral. Even so, as Richard Dawkins confirms again and again in this book – his first for “a family audience” – science composes stories as thrilling as Homer, as profound as Job, and as entertaining as anything by Kipling.”

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins – review | Books | The Guardian.


On Religion

Personally I am a Darwinist and Athiest, I believe we are smart enough to think for ourselves and know what is right or wrong. I believe that our energy moves on into the universe around us after death. Pretty simple and logical right lol

Well others think that there is a magical creator in the sky who just made stuff from nothing, that he controls every aspect of our world and allows us to suffer to learn and that there is a magical place in the sky called heaven where we all go and hang out with our lost loved ones if we are good;

and an evil, horrible place with a magical beast called the devil that makes the rest of eternity miserable if we do “something wrong”.

This came to my attention over the weekend and I just had to share it:



Dawkins – The magic of reality

Richard Dawkins has brought us some amazing books from his unique and passionate view of science and religion in and athiests view.

The book contains a view of Genesis in scientific fact with illustrations from David McKean that help explain the text.

I for one love this book for what it is trying to do and beleive that young minds should only be presented with fact and be allowed to explore spirituality in their own time.

“MAGIC takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish who carried the world on his back—earthquakes occurred each time he flipped his tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality-science.”


CultureLab: Bringing Dawkins home to the kids.

The book is available on Amazon in the UK now and in the US on the 4th October.