By Richard Dawkins
The first choice 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, they usually 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 protect. He concludes the essays with a shiny observe to his ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to stay curious, to invite questions, and to stay the tested lifestyles.
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In every word there is a road, a melancholy and passionate path. And the one who said yes, who is ready, his tears flow, but not for this, his hopes will be utterly different. The one who knows no hope—shall have none. The one who knows—shall again feel wonder, shall smile openly in the mind, and praise the mercy of God. 1981 44 POEMS WITH NO PLACE IN THE SECOND NOTEBOOK THE FEAST If he reads the stars, or lays out stones, like cards, and boils up sand and needles to learn what comes out of all that now is— even so, he will discover very little.
THE HOUSE We shall live for a long time, as long as trees live next to the water, as water washes over their roots, and earth opens out toward the sky, as Elizabeth goes out to meet Mary. We shall live for a long, long time. We shall build two tall houses: one made of gold, one of darkness, and both making the sounds of the sea. They shall think that we are already gone . . Right then and there, we shall tell them: “The heart of a person floats off on water that is unseen, swift. There, do you see it?
Above our every desire, a lash of sorts rests, waiting to be seen. Would that my eyes had not seen. But it is ordained that they see. And so they shall see. Is anything impossible above this humble and vulgar earth? How high does the fateful comet’s fire play with light, before it blazes forth? Arise, then, stand forth, o wretched comrade! Soldiers should not laze about. We drink to the faith that lives unto death: beyond that, disloyalty has no abode. 34 3. THE UNFAITHFUL WIFE Since the day you came home and did not look at me, everything changed inside.