Great debate between a religious guy and Richard Dawkins!

October 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm (video research archive)

This is why science can answers the questions of our origin. Richard Dawkins speaks with confidence because he has mountains of research and study behind him. How can religions say they know how the world came about from one book? And that isn’t exactly a book that was written as a whole, signed by god and handed down to us. Religious people need to accept the facts that are staring straight at us and re-evaluate their view of the bible.

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My book research

October 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm (Book research)

I’ll upload all my comments on what I’ve learned from each one when I’ve finished them and scans of pages with useful information.

1)

To be perfectly honest, only the first forty pages of this book were of any interest to me; perhaps because it summarised in reasonably clear language what the book would explore. The scans I’ve uploaded below are mostly clear cut diagrams of the path of evolution to homo sapiens which I’d like to illustrate in my own way for my book…

bones, stones and molecules notes

2)

I’ve uploaded a pdf of the notes for this book as they are 16 pages long. My personal opinion of this book is a good one. My only qualm would be that I’d like to read a book like this but with more relevance to the present day. Alvin Toffler wrote this several decades ago and while he has very modern views…alot of the book is very dated in terms of what science and sociology have come up with since its publication.

future shock notes

3)

The first forty pages of this book were of most use to me. I learned more about how evolution began back when the earth was a swirling mass of gases and liquid chemicals…the ‘primeval soup’ of life so to speak! Learning about replicator molecules and lethal genes etc. has helped me understand the tree of life on a more microscopic level.

the selfish gene notes

4)

Sorry Richard Dawkins, but you could have put an insomniac to sleep with that book! I don’t even have notes to paste up for this one. I read it, it was boring…complete opposite of what I want for my book…so maybe it was worth reading for that reason alone.

5)

This book was pretty good, perhaps a bit long winded but Pinker has a nice style of writing so he just about held my interest through most of it. Below are the notes from it I found useful.

how the mind works notes

6)

This, unfortunately, was a painful one to get through…not really anything of great use to be…more theoretical than what I’m aiming for. No notes, nothing of real use to me…sorry Pinker!

7)

This was an enjoyable read. Although not the angle I’m going for in my quest to explain the facts of evolution; derogation of religions and the beliefs of people, it opened my eyes to the power religion has over so many people. I’m not condemning faith, I’m just hoping to open people’s eyes to some logic and exciting science.

8)

This was a very enjoyable read. This book confirms, through careful studies, that as a whole; the human race has become less violent and cruel over time. Although we have instinctual urges for violence and cruelty, it’s our acceptance of discipline and morality that we generally cooperate well with each other. I will be devoting a good chunk of one of my chapters to this subject, it’s fascinating!

9)

I’ve started reading this bad book, over 500 pages long! why so long, but it looks so damn interesting!

10)

This book didn’t hold much interest for me. It had no particular theme in my opinion and I skimmed through most of it, not intending to waste hours of my time on a book that I wouldn’t take any notes from.

11)

Like ‘River out of Eden’, a boring read. Only read the first third before skimming through the rest and giving up. No notes taken from it.

12)

Very good book. I learned alot about typography and interesting layouts

book 3 notes

13)

It was the introduction to this book that I liked most, so that’s all I scanned into the pdf below

book 2 notes

14)

Excellent book. I think I can learn alot from some of the exciting approaches typographers have used in magazine design and apply it to my book to keep it fresh and innovative

book 5 notes

15)

Typography is a science and an art, this book is proof of that!

book 4 notes

16)

This was a brilliant guide on how to write effectively and to not waffle your words. I’ve learned a great deal about typography layout, what words and phrases to avoid and general tips on the composition of my work.

book 1 notes

17)

Excellent book, full for great tips for how to layout text nicely

18)

Like ‘thinking with type’, this book has been a great help to me.

19)

Robin, my design style mentor, lent me this one. It is my new bible! Full of excellent guidelines on how to layout a book in a clever way. Thumbs up!

elements of typographic style notes

20)

Fantastic book, helping me to decide on the grid that will work best for me.

the grid notes

21)

This is the book that’s going to help me conquer the fears on online digital publishing! Full of great advice and quick tips.

making digital type look good

22)

I’ll upload the notes on the following books as I read them

Art of the Start -Guy Kawasaki

23)

It was a good book..but not really suited to me at all. I prefer the madness and creativity in ‘Rework’ and ‘Linchpin’, so no notes to upload on this one

24)

Incredible, fantastic, unputdownable!!! Love this book and everything that it represents.

Rework – Jason Fried

25)

Like ‘Rework’, this book has become my new bible. So well written and every page is bursting with fresh new advice.

seth godin – linchpin

26)

the element by ken robinson.epub

27)

BORING BORING BORING!! I’d rather stick my head in a washing machine full of sweaty clothes than read more than 3 chapters of this book. That’s all I managed before I realised that I wasting my life looking at these words! Did I mention it was BORING???!!!

28)

indesign type book

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30)

Great book I’m going to read on how to set the right price for my eBook to sell online. I didn’t realise the amount of psychology behind the pricing of a book but there’s plenty to learn. Here’s the free eBook if anyone wants it!

The masters course on how to make your price sell

31)

This looks hilarious! Might help me intertwine some humour into my own writing. No harm laughing at ourselves sometimes:)

32)

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I’m loving this project!!

October 25, 2011 at 8:30 am (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

The amount I’m learning everyday about the extent of what we know about our evolution is staggering! The more I research…the more things pop up and inspire me to research more. I’m sure this process will slow down in the coming months but for the moment its like a rainstorm and I’m getting soaked!!

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This is amazing…an untouched human tribe in the amazonia!

October 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm (video research archive)

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Interesting theory…

October 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm (video research archive)

I’m not sure if evolution will stop for us in other aspects. Yes, the life and death brutality of natural selection has been observed by humans and now we can control it in our favour to a certain extent…(we still die) but social evolution is still growing and that was a vital part of our evolution in the first place. Language is still evolving, genetics are still passing through our descendants and so evolution cannot end…it can only change.

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The genius of charles darwin…three part series presented by richard dawkins

October 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm (video research archive)

Every video I watch that’s presented by Dawkins…I learn something completely new! This is a very interesting and valuable source of research for me. Ideas and learning can sink in so well through the medium of moving image and sound! I’ve posted the notes I’d taken whilst watching these below the third video.

– The barbarity of nature. Ex. The strangler fig, chokes tree with its roots growing down from the treetop, tree eventually dies and fig feeds of its decomposition.

– Social Darwinism, each man to himself

– American company ‘Enron’ did a nasty experiment a few years ago. They lined up 15% of their weakest staff to be fired each year. Didn’t end well. The bosses didn’t necessarily choose the best but the most ruthless who ended up turning a blind eye to the widespread fraud that brought the company down in scandal.

– Big similarity between economic systems and biological systems

– The Eugenics movement of the early 20th century aimed to stop the weak from copulating by sterilising them. Look up Julien Huxley. Dark tribal vision. Barbaric – Nazi regime.

– Acts of kindness in nature, mutual grooming, calls of warning to others in face of danger. Acts of altruism, giving at a cost to oneself. Is that a result of evolution?

– Moral emotion…have they evolved? Trust, love? Women at the egg fertility centre, pick sperm on the basis of how nice the report of male donor sounds.

– We are immortal in the sense that our genetics are passed through our children and generations to come, just as they did being passed down to us.

– Kinship works against the selfish gene

– Are we nicer than our genes expect us to be?

– Limited kindness was necessary for human survival…You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.

– Chimps, our cousins, do this to a certain extent

– Niceness has been hardwired into us from the human origins, from being in small groups and helping each other.

– The joys of being consciousness human beings is that we can rise above our origins and extract ourselves from barbaric, sometimes instinctual behaviour.

– We can escape the brutal force that created us. We can empathize with those less fortunate and plan a gentler society.

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Mr. David Attenborough talking about my new favourite subject!

October 24, 2011 at 6:14 am (video research archive)

It’s my lucky day! I could listen to this man all day…below is a documentry called ‘charles darwin and the tree of life’ in which Attenborough explores how Darwin came up with his theory and how we know he was right. Enjoy!

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another diagram to join the web…

October 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm (Day to day updates of my project research and development)

Yet another one! This time I made one to help me think of interesting methods of mark marking. I’m stuck into it already!

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More amazing images…

October 23, 2011 at 10:04 am (mark making)

Every image I’ve uploaded in admiration each have a quality I want to capture in my book…colour, surrealism, wonder, excitment. I will be adding all of these to my mark making books and attempting to derive my own style from them.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2MWAfU/www.designzzz.com/watercolor-masterpieces-art/

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Just take a look at this genius!

October 23, 2011 at 9:54 am (Amazing methods of image making and painting styles)

Along with some magnificent dreams, Jacek Yerka finds inspiration for his masterful paintings from his childhood memories: the places, remembered feelings and smells of 1950′s Poland. He studied fine art and graphic design before becoming a full time artist in 1980… and we’re glad he did. His paintings will take you through incredible worlds of imagination, bending reality in captivating and clever ways fit to inspire a novel or film. See many more examples of his find paintings at yerkaland.com.

I love this man’s work! I want to experiment somehow with this surreal style to show the magic of our evolution. This style could work well in this book…

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1oeNbP/www.visualnews.com/2011/07/14/dream-worlds-revealed-on-canvas/

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