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Tales of the Rational : Skeptical Essays About Nature and Science (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Massimo Pigliucci

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Engaging, compelling, witty essays that put in perspective some of the most fascinating scientific and pseudo-scientific claims of the 20th century. Includes discussions of: atheism, straw-man arguments, creationism, debating creationists and theists, evolutionary biology, Christian apologetics, critiques of modern science, the search for extraterrestial life, the search for the origins of life, chaos theory, and much more.

You will come away refreshed, with your mind challenged by what is now not as simple as it seemed... - Ed Buckner, President, American Atheists


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 278 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Freethought Press (1. August 2012)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book! 24. Mai 2000
Von Gary Boone - Veröffentlicht auf
Scientists often seem remote, speaking an esoteric language whose precision increases its inaccessibility to the general public. Scientists also learn to avoid straying beyond the narrow regions of their expertise. That's good for science, but unfortunately leaves the public susceptible to those who speak whatever language will sell their arbitrary ideas. It also leaves the thoughtful, but non scientific, public without a guide to the issues on which science can and should inform.
How refreshing it is, then, to read Dr. Pigliucci's essays! A well-published biologist and an experienced debator, Dr. Pigliucci brings a careful, analytical mind to a wide range of topics in science, society, and religion. He argues with clarity and elegance in favor of using rational methods to understand our world and to evaluate the claims of those trying to sell arbitrary or evidenceless ideas as truth.
Dr. Pigliucci is especially strong in reviewing debates he's had with creationists. Having seen him debate with great style and success, I still find that a book is a better medium for presenting the thoughtful developments of arguments; his rebutals and further insights in 'Tales of the Rational' leave no further room for the pseudoscientific silliness of the creationists.
The book is a delightful journey through the methods and philosophies of science, the application of science and reason to religious claims, the foibles and frauds of proponents of mindless faith, the pseudoscience of anti-evolutionists, and an examination of other scientific ideas often misunderstood by the general public.
It's trendy presently to claim a growing connection between religion and science; this book is the antidote to those who think that science can be watered down sufficiently to force a fit with superstition and baseless speculation.
What Carl Sagan and his 'Cosmos' was for general science, Dr. Pigliucci and 'Tales of the Rational' is for the rich nexus of science and theology. That is, he gives the reader the careful analytical tools of an experienced and scientifically skilled mind and does so in an exciting and entertaining way.
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Von Steven Conifer, Pres., Rationalists United for Secular Humanism (RUSH) at Marshall University, Huntington, WV [e-mail:] - Veröffentlicht auf
Dr. Pigliucci, whom I met in August at the first annual Secular Student Alliance conference (where he debated "intelligent design theorist" Walter Ramine, handily debunking the eccentric fellow's absurd and nonsensical rantings), has written a most laudable and entertaining book. In his TALES, he not only supplies skeptics/freethinkers with a veritable arsenal of incredibly cogent (both scientifically and philosophically) arguments against creationism and similar pseudoscience, but builds one of the strongest cases yet against superstition and irrationalism in general (e.g., religion). He also presents an overwhelmingly powerful, cumulative case for evolution, as well as some very intriguing (and enlightening) insights into recent developments within biochemistry, cosmology, and that exceedingly incorrigible sphere of study known as "chaos theory." Highly readable, thoroughly researched, and invariably scholarly (if sometimes rather provocative), Pigliucci's work is truly a delight to read. I whole-heartedly recommend it to all. (Incidentally, I myself am debating a creationist on my college campus next week, and TALES proved utterly invaluable to my research and preparation. Thanks, Massimo... I promise to quote you at least a dozen times :).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pigliucci shoots down theistic errors with "just the facts" 7. März 2001
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Dr. Pigliucci's book does an excellent job of bringing the current debate between science and religion to the layman. This is not a work that tries to overwhelm you with big words or concepts that would lead to confusion. This is a direct, simple without being simplistic book where the good Doctor lines up the arguments for creationism, Intelligent Design, "God" being proven by science, etc. and shoots down each one with clear, concise explanations based on our current understanding of the universe. He also points out the continued flaws being expounded upon by those whose openly admitted position is to push for a theistic worldview, science be damned.
This book is excellent for those who want a one-volume overview of the current debate on science vs religion. I think it is a more valuable book for those who cling to the idea that everything, including science, comes from a supernatural being. I would hope that an honest reading of this book would awaken these people to the fact that there is not one iota of scientific evidence for any type of deity. I agree this does not rule out the possible existence of such a being (or that of the unicorn), it just means that extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence and theists have as yet to produce such evidence.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A complete explanation, wrapped into a single volume 25. April 2001
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I don't want to sound too redundant compared to the other reviews, so I'll keep this somewhat short. As far as building a case for modern scientific theories is concerned, this book did rather well. As far as refuting pseudo-science goes, I sincerely doubt any stone has been left unturned. Not only did Dr. Pigliucci refute the cases of a few different creationists, he also weeded-out some of the confusion in (and misuse of) frontier sciences, including (off the tip of my brain) chaos theory, abiogenesis, and the possibility of contact with extra-terrestrial intelligence.
If you had to pick only one book to represent skepticism, I think you should definitely go with this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book that intelligently answers the creationist�s claims 8. Juli 2000
Von Joe - Veröffentlicht auf
Creationists often make claims that are hard to counter without knowledge of evolution and science. This books takes the creationists claims and destroys each of them.
This book also explains the debating techniques of the creationists. Showing how they use half-truths and made-up science to explain creationism, this book is required reading for anyone who has listened to creationist B.S. and did not have all the answers.
This book is a must for any Freethought library.
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