Public Lecture: Richard Dawkins: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What is Really True
Lecture by Richard Dawkins, FRS, at Michigan Theater, 601 E. Liberty St. Admission is free; no tickets necessary; doors open at 3:30 pm. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors invoked in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that a goddess swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. Aside from these extraordinary tales, there is another kind of magic that lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality—science.
Professor Dawkins is the author of The Selfish Gene and 11 other books that have reached such wide audiences that he is recognized as one of the world’s most prominent and controversial intellectuals. His writings have won innumerable awards, including one from the Royal Society for Literature. In the lobby after the talk, he will sign copies of his new paperback, The Magic of Reality, a spectacularly engaging illustrated book for children and young adults about why science is so great, one that can be read with pleasure by any adult. Books will be available for purchase.