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Everybody benefits by knowing who else is planning to read and discuss the book so please make a brief post here checking in and letting us know of your intention to join the discussion of "Books do Furnish a Life: An electrifying celebration of science writing" - by Richard Dawkins.
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Thanks very much Chris, this looks like a great selection for discussion. Dawkins is always so interesting and informative and challenging.

I have just bought it on Kindle and look forward to reading it.

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Just got the kindle version!
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Initially I didn't have a good sense of what this book was all about, and didn't know if it would generate much discussion. But I really enjoyed the first chapter—an exchange with Neil deGrasse Tyson—and I'm fully onboard. Great dialogue about how to talk to believers. NDT takes a more respectful approach, RD a little less so. But both men make excellent points.

Who else is reading?
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I have the book, have not started reading. I wanted to finish the two I had going, which will be done by tomorrow.
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I'll join in on my Kindle Fire. I wonder, is using it as a reader much different from using the original Kindle e-reader?
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Read the intro and found some of Dawkins examples speaking to... A sense of spirituality within the science. And this also calls to mind recent conversations about how he (and the other 3) rejects spiritual considerations in his worldview. He doesn't. It just doesn't draw on myth or what have you. When I think of facts about nature, in its entirety, I do feel in a sense spiritual. It is much more awe inspiring that any other contrived system.

The fact that science admits it is wrong is also very inspiring and is, in my view, a means to also inspire altruism and ethics. We know we can be wrong, so we should always consider how we treat each other for this reason.
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DWill wrote:I'll join in on my Kindle Fire. I wonder, is using it as a reader much different from using the original Kindle e-reader?
You're using the Kindle app, right? I would think it would be almost exactly like the Kindle e-reader except maybe that the Kindle Fire will be more responsive when turning pages.
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I guess we don't have a thread on RD's intro. I second his contention that science-writing should be considered worthy of a Nobel Prize. Maybe with a songwriter having won an NP a few years ago, the committee will be open to choosing from the science category, too.

As Dawkins praises his favorite literary science writers, of course we're aware that he himself is one of the best.
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Having checked in, I now have to check out, with regrets. I no longer have access to the Kindle that stores my copy of the book.
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DWill wrote:Having checked in, I now have to check out, with regrets. I no longer have access to the Kindle that stores my copy of the book.
Hey DWill, if you purchased the book, it will be available on just about any device, including your computer. Hope that helps.
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Thank you, geo. My analog brain didn't understand why that would digitally make sense. Now I can proceed.
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I see that most people have posted in May. I just bought the book and will begin to read early next week. Will the discussion continue through the month of July? I hope so. I will post again once I've read a few chapters.
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Gaylica wrote:I see that most people have posted in May. I just bought the book and will begin to read early next week. Will the discussion continue through the month of July? I hope so. I will post again once I've read a few chapters.
Yes! This discussion is slated for May-July, but also the discussion can go for as long as we want. Welcome!
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