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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Undeniable by Bill Nye

by Bill Nye
Macmillan Audio (Raincoast Books)
Buy from Indigo

Description: Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found."—Bill Nye

Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. InUndeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, he explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth.

With infectious enthusiasm, Bill Nye shows that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism; it is an essential way to understand how nature works—and to change the world. It might also help you get a date on a Saturday night

The Good Stuff

  • I want to bow down and thank (insert higher power or evolution) for Bill Nye.  He made me become fascinated by science.  I am 45 years old and with the exception of Chemistry (also thanks to a book, in this case Alan Bradley's Flavia mysteries) had no interest in science and quite frankly thought I was too stupid to understand it.  Nye explained things in a way that made sense and made me want to know more. I want to go back to school and learn everything.  But lets face it the teachers I had made it all sound so boring. Hmm new plan - win lottery and pay Bill Nye to teach me
  • Made evolution sound sexy and cool
  • Explains some very complex issues in a straight forward relatively easy to understand way
  • Frickin hilarious at times
  • Treated those who have faith with respect (well maybe not the Creationists)
  • So much passion for his work, it was hard not to get excited as him with the enthusiasm in his voice (Yeah listened to this one)
  • I now want to watch every episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy with my kids - I want them to experience science in the way it should be taught
  • Highly recommend you listen to this, Nye has a wonderful fun speaking voice
  • Walking whale - trust me, fascinating
  • The chapter on intelligent design really makes you think (and laugh)
  • Really want to look into more about research into growing new spinal nerves in mice (or rats forgot to write down notes) as my son has Spina Bifida
  • Always thought that Racism was stupid (yes I am being simplistic) but the chapter on skin colour and evolution scientifically shows us that we are all basically the same genetically - so if you hate someone based on the colour of the skin, you are a moron (again being simplistic)
  • Love where he paraphrases the gorilla and them getting the shorter end of the genetic stick - funny and sadly true - worth the price of the book alone
  • Explains a scientific concept using that Carrie Underwood song that Jeff hates 

The Not So Good Stuff

  • I now want to meet someone more than David Tennant - seriously!
  • Um must remember not to talk to someone about this book who is extremely religious - oops sorry wonderful lady
  • Ok sometimes it was over my head - but it did make me want to go look things up

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"To be successful as a living thing, you have to have offspring, who have offspring, who have offspring. Rest assured, your family did, or you wouldn’t be here. As troubling as it may seem, your parents had sex—at least once. If you have brothers and sisters, more than once … One shudders to think of it.” 

"We are all going to die - I know, it sucks. But its the way of our world."

“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” 

“This is one of the reasons I get such joy from studying evolution. This kind of science is amazing and sexy.” 

5 Dewey's 

I borrowed this audio book from Jen and I want to thank her so much for encouraging me to listen to it

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