Dawkins New Book

Dawkins has written a new book about his favorite topic – himself. The book is 304 pages long and, er, it’s just part one of a two-part series about himself. Here’s how it is adorned on Amazon:

And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world? In An Appetite for Wonder we join him on a personal journey back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa. There the exotic natural world was his constant companion. Boarding school in England aged 8, and later, public school at Oundle introduce him, and the reader, to strange rules and eccentric school masters vividly described with both humorous affection and some reservation. An initial fervent attachment to Church of England religion soon gives way to disaffection and, later, teenage rebellion. Early signs of a preference for music, poetry and reading over practical matters become apparent as he recalls the opportunities that entered his small world. Oxford, however, is the catalyst to his life. Vigorous debate in the dynamic Zoology Department unleashes his innate intellectual curiosity; and inspirational mentors together with his own creative thinking ignite the spark that results in his radical and new vision of Darwinism, The Selfish Gene. From innocent child to charismatic world-famous scientist, Richard Dawkins paints a colourful, richly-textured canvas of his early life. Honest self-reflection and witty anecdote are interspersed with touching reminiscences of his best-loved family and friends, literature, poetry and songs. We are finally able to understand the private influences that shaped the public man who more than anyone else in his generation explained our own origins.

LOL. Richard Dawkins, the Man whose constant companion is the exotic natural world, the man whose intellectual curiosity and creative thinking helped him come up with a metaphor than made him, more than anyone else alive, a world famous, pioneering scientist, will talk about himself, those who made him so great, and even share his favorite poems and songs with you. But will he include his baby pictures? Entries from his diary? Who knows, but we do know Gnubots everywhere will line up to hand him their money.

The only thing I am curious about is this – in writing his tribute to himself, does he offer any clues that help explain how he came to hate Christianity so much?

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6 Responses to Dawkins New Book

  1. The Deuce says:

    Remind me: The world-famous pioneering scientist pioneered what again?

  2. Sam says:

    This blurb from Amazon would make sense only if the book was a parody.

  3. lolsec says:

    Apparently he was molested by a priest as a child. No wonder he hates Christianity.

  4. Justin says:

    Is it subtitled “The God Delision”?

  5. TFBW says:

    … does he offer any clues that help explain how he came to hate Christianity so much?

    I have no intention of reading it, but I have a theory based on things he has already said, if anyone wants to test it. My theory is that he was given a good scare about Hell by a strict religious aunt (or similar) as a child. His otherwise-baseless and oft-repeated assertion that teaching children about Hell is worse than sexual abuse has got to be grounded in some sort of experience. In this context, he’s often mentioned a minor personal encounter with sexual abuse which he experienced at school: my guess is that he considers Hell to be more traumatising precisely because it was more traumatising for him, personally, at some point. Maybe he documents it in this book.

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