QUOTE(PianoSecrets-x @ Aug 30 2007, 07:44 PM)
QUOTE(Oddball @ Aug 30 2007, 12:40 PM)
That's not really what I was getting at, it sort of sounded like he'd read half and his dad'd read half etc. etc.
Oh, i took it to mean that his dad was helping him with the English ... Maybe not though
Thanks for the interest in my language problems. Actually, although I live in the Far East, I'm quite at home with the English language. The trouble with Shakespeare is the language used by the Bard is not entirely comprehensible to me. My dad helps me with some difficult passages, particularly when Shakespeare goes into Greek mythology eg. the masque scene in Tempest. My dad also helps me with Middle English literature. Chaucer is quite OK for me because he wrote in the then London dialect. I just have to get used to his weird spelling (weird today but current in his time). But when I tried reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I found the poem totally befuddling. It's like reading a German poem, not that I've tried it. Dad tells me that it was written in the Lancashire dialect (if I'm not mistaken). London dialect is not so bad because it later became the dominant language of Britain - the English we know today - but the other dialects can be really tough.
QUOTE(YetAnotherPianist @ Aug 30 2007, 07:42 PM)
QUOTE(The Old Lady @ Aug 29 2007, 07:38 PM)
I tried to read "The God Delusion". I say tried, I tried very hard, but I keep falling asleep after 2-3 pages.
Have you tried the audio book version, read by Dawkins himself? I relative of mine found it less opaque, as Dawkins understands what he's saying and reads with the necessary pauses and emphases to ensure good delivery.
I've read the God Delusion and I'm amazed at Dawkin's brilliance. The guy is highly intelligent and perfectly logical but he is so pugnaciously opposed to religion. It's like he's spoiling for a fight.
When my dad saw me reading the God Delusion, he got me another book so as to give me a balanced perspective. It's Francis Collins, The Language of God. Collins is the head of the largest genome research in the world. I have seen a video of a debate between Dawkins and Collins and for the first time, Dawkins was put in his place. hehe. Most of the people who debate on the side of religion tend to be a little weak in their logic but Collins was fabulous.
Dawkins argues against the existence of God and is opposed to religion as a terrible evil. Collins shows that religion need not be a 6-day creation, flat earth, sun rotating round the earth kind of belief. He argues for evolution as true and still allows for faith.
Quite an interesting read. But I must confess I find Dawkins a better writer. Very very witty. Collins is more a real scientist. A bit boring at times.