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on 8 March 2018
Every bit as good as I thought it would be after watching him on Socrates in the city.
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on 30 September 2017
Argumentative, insightful, intolerant and funny.
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on 27 December 2017
Great all round!
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on 7 February 2018
Amazing book! I just had to google the meaning of a lot of words but I think it’s a great witty smart read !
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on 16 June 2016
Berlinski is so deft in his writing and a master of literature. The book integrates history, philosophy, theology, logic and mathematics with science to paint a compelling and unavoidable picture and in this he argues far better than Dawkins, Hitchens and the figureheads of New Atheism
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on 26 March 2015
Berlinski is a true intellectual in a field in which such beings are, perhaps surprisingly, rare. In this highly engaging, wide-ranging and easily understood book, he separates what western science 'knows' from the dogma and opinions promulgated in its name.

Highly recommended.
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on 21 January 2018
I have read this book five times.
This man is brilliant. Not a religious man, but he is a fierce advocate of challenging unfounded arrogance of some scientists who make pronouncements totally out of their expertise and ask people to believe things without evidence on the grounds of "trust me, I am a notable scientist."
Science theories should be based on evidence, evidence, evidence. If people are atheists, that is their belief and choice, but that should not be the basis of their science. IT IS WRONG to substitute "Evolution" or "Nature" as a magical pseudo god sneaking in working miracles. If these scientists do not want God, fine, but they should be consistent and do science that does not rely on fictional spacemen or innumerable other universes as a "get out of jail free" for ideas that don't hold vapour let alone water.
I love and respect true science - not pseudo science that is more politically correct than scientifically honest.
Get the kindle version and the audible - I have both! (I don't work for Amazon or get paid for this review!)
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on 28 November 2017
I am just finishing a book by David Berlinsk - The Devil's Delusion - and I have to say I have been overwhelmed by the brilliance of this man. When have you ever read a book about the philosophy of science, delivering intellectual blow after intellectual blow against the ridiculous schoolboy moronic pretentious lunacies - overblown and absolutely unjustified claims of self-proclaimed 'scientific atheists' - Dawkins, Dennett, Coyne, Harris, Hitchens etc.etc. and found yourself in constant laughter. I was amazed to find my self laughing out loud at the razor sharp wit indicating the absurdities of the various idiotic claims made by various self-appointed guardians of scientism - page after page. I cannot praise Berlinski enough - incisive intellect, widely knowledgeable, supremely witty and deeply humane. The last put-down I read which made me laugh - "When asked what he was in awe of, Christopher Hitchens responded that his definition of an educated person is that you have some idea how ignorant you are. This seems very much as if Hitchens were in awe of his own ignorance, in which case he has surely found an object worthy of his veneration" - This book is absolutely brilliant!
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on 17 July 2014
David Berlinski is, in my opinion, an author that dares to state a negative opinion about the evolution hypothesis. The is not correct in society today. He is placing himself in a very awkward position as regards receiving respect in any circles. It is outright social suicide to stand up with opinions towards evolution in a workplace or among friends today. Goodness knows what it means for the authors reputation as a scientist. But just that makes it worth reading. He does not seem to have anything to gain by his position. They say that being brutally honest is not being honest, just brutal. And so Mr. Berlinski is honest and many times brutal. While he gets the ball mostly, at times he tackles the ball, the player and the audience as well. Really, he is quite haughty at times-something he complains that is a problem with the scientific society today. I agree. But at the same time I perceive him as not a tidbit more haughty than those favouring evolution. With such an important subject where most people are just lulled into a default opinion by a media ever too happy to recite the majority, I think his voice is important. Read it and see if evolution is standing rock solid as a theory - my conclusion is that it is a hypothesis...at best. A thank you to Mr. Berlinski for being daring enough to say what is very unpopular. And for those who think he is dogmatic in the question about whether there is a Creator- you will be relieved.
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VINE VOICEon 16 May 2015
The mechanistic philosophy that the only reality is to be found in the measurements of science, and the logical necessity for atheism of explaining the universe in these terms only, is certainly very blinkered. David Berlinski is a mathematician and logician who happens to detect in his observations evidence of intelligent order in the Universe. This shouldn't be too taxing - the laws of physics and maths are accepted by all scientists,and without them nothing could be predicted, nothing could exist. These laws exist outside of space-time; some scientists seem to worship them as the ultimate reality, the Devil's Delusion. I like this book, a learned and witty rebuttal of atheism's attempt to hijack science as its tool, and evolution as the ultimate reason for existence. Berlinski is not too gentle on the philosophical totalitarian regimes such as Communism and National Socialism that arise from distortions of Darwinian thought to justify experiments in state control and manipulation of populations. Neither should he be. Despite his self-definition as a secular Jew this book is useful for Theists because the arguments essentially support the Theistic world view.
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