Today, more than ever, we seem to have lost our appreciation for science, for reality, for facts. It should be no surprise, since from our earliest years we learn how to suspend disbelief, to embrace myth and fantasy and then it's only one step away to be captured by religious hogwash. In fact, the real story of science and evolution is far and away the more exciting narrative, yet it continues to fight for its rightful place in the pantheon of ideas. Few have fought this battle more passionately than Richard Dawkins.
His new book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, is a testament to the power of scientific narrative to tell us what is really true. My conversation with Richard Dawkins