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Calculating God 4.5 stars Most of this book is a solid 5 star effort that I thought was incredibly well done The central plot involves a representative from a highly advanced alien culture arriving on Earth to review our fossil records and demonstrating to an atheist anthropologist actual proof of the existence of God It is a well written, deftly plotted and extremely clever spin on the intelligent design theory and was a lot of fun to read The story loses one star or at least a half star for a very clu 4.5 stars Most of this book is a solid 5 star effort that I thought was incredibly well done The central plot involves a representative from a highly advanced alien culture arriving on Earth to review our fossil records and demonstrating to an atheist anthropologist actual proof of the existence of God It is a well written, deftly plotted and extremely clever spin on the intelligent design theory and was a lot of fun t I kind of hated this book The premise is that an alien comes to earth and asks to meet with a paleontologist The alien is devoutly religious, and the book is mostly a dialog between the two, with the religious alien trying to convince the atheist scientist of the existence of a god or intelligent designer.That wouldn t be so bad, necessarily, if it was an interesting argument that relied on facts on both sides, but because it s a work of fiction the author tips the balance in favor of the i I kind of hated this book The premise is that an alien comes to earth a Wow.No Seriously Wow.This guy Deep.Sawyer challenges a lot of assumptions in this book About god, about evolution, about astronomy and about paleontologists Take me to your paleontologist Once again, Sawyer does aliens in a way that makes them alien in such perfect ways.This book goes to the edges of philosophy and beyond and it was a very interesting and challenging ride to be on Wow.It does at times read like a textbook to varying subjects, there s an awful lot of science and philosop Wow.No Seriously Wow.This guy Deep.Sawyer challenges a lot of assumptions in this book About god, about evolution, about astronomy and about paleontologists Take me to your paleontologist Once a Before reading this book, Robert Sawyer had been a borderline author for me His SciFis are generally well researched, but his characters are too Middle class married WASP with children for my taste They obsess over themselves and their trite conceptions of morality a theme Sawyer cannot leave alone, or do justice to In Calculating GOD , Sawyer finally shows his hand And for me, he s no longer a borderline author he s a card carrying foot soldier of the Christian Creationist far right Before reading this book, Robert Sawyer had been a borderline author for me His SciFis are generally well researched, but his characters are too Middle class married WASP with children for my taste They obsess over themselves and their trite conceptions of morality a theme Sawyer cannot leave alone, or do justice to In Calculating GOD , Sawyer finally shows his hand And for me, he s no longer a borderline author he s a card carrying foot soldier of the Christian Creationist far right This book is a blatant plug for Intelligent Design Now I know why his previous books had the whiff of something rotten.The new battlefront for the folk pushing Intelligent Design has shifted from evolution, to what is known as the Fundamental Universal Constants , the settings which make a sustainable universe possible Mainstream science proposes a number of mu So close to perfection and genuine insight Yet so farIt opens with an almost Pratchettian set up, subtler than Pratchett Sawyer is Canadian after all but no less replete with humor and humanity It s funny, insightful, touching, engaging, unputdownable A remarkable work of satire and social criticism, reflecting on the hidebound rigidity and reactionary nature of much of modern scientific culture and its shocking betrayal of its own stated goals Then it hits the halfway mark and all of t So close to perfection and genuine insight Yet so farIt opens with an almost Pratchettian set up, subtler than Pratchett Sawyer is Canadian after all but no less replete with humor and humanity It s funny, insightful, touching, engaging, unputdownable A remarkable work of satire and social criticism, reflecting on the hidebound rigidity and reactionary nature of much of modern scientific culture and its shocking betrayal of its own stated goals Then it hits the halfway mark and all of that goes down the drain Stock plot twists shallow characterizations offensively and childishly stereotypical villains comparable almost to Dickens orig I quite looked forward to this book due to the intriguing concept, but It didn t live up to its potential The book s premise, as I understood it, was a theistic alien and an athiestic palentologist debating the existence of God The problem was that all the arguments he used for the existence of God were made up examples being that every planet in the Galaxy has had 5 extinctions, and every race has the same DNA The discussions become boring since they are entirely fictional in all the detai I quite looked forward to this book due to the intriguing concept, but It didn t live up to its potential The book s premise, as I understood it, was a theistic alien and an athiestic palentologist debating the existence of God The problem was that all the arguments he used for the existence of God were made up examples being that every planet in the Galaxy has had 5 extinctions, and every race has the same DNA The discussions be A courageous novel that asks questions not normally posed in SF novels or mainstream books, for that matter , such as What is the nature of the being we can call god What is the basis of our belief or unbelief in God faith, science, or something else How would such a being manifest himself herself itself and interact with us in this life and universe The book had a personal connection for me as its main character is dying with cancer at the time that my life partner also was The process A courageous novel that asks questions not normally posed in SF novels or mainstream books, for that matter , such as What is the nature of the being we can call god What is the basis of our belief or unbelief in God faith, science, or something else How would such a being manifest himself herself itself and interact with us in this life and universe The book had a personal connection for me as its main character is dying with cancer at the time that my life partner also was The process of dealing with the illness and facing the future resonated with what I witnessed Though the faith aspects were polar opposites, the paths taken to acceptance and peace were achingly similar. An Alien Shuttle Craft Lands Outside The Royal Ontario Museum In Toronto Out Pops A Six Legged, Two Armed Alien, Who Says, In Perfect English, Take Me To A Paleontologist It Seems That Earth, And The Alien S Home Planet, And The Home Planet Of Another Alien Species Traveling On The Alien Mother Ship, All Experienced The Same Five Cataclysmic Events At About The Same Time, Including Events Exactly Like The Meteor That Wiped Out The Dinosaurs Both Alien Races Believe This Proves The Existence Of God I.e He S Obviously Been Manipulating The Evolution Of Life On Each Of These Planets.From This Provocative Launch Point, Sawyer Tells A Fast Paced, Morally And Intellectually Challenging SF Story That Just Grows Larger And Larger In Scope Calculating God Is Science Fiction On The Grand ScaleSpectacular Much Of The Novel Is Relatively Cerebral, But Sawyer Excels At Developing His Protagonists Into Full Fledged Characters, And He Adds Tension To His Story In Several Ways This Is Unusually Thoughtful SFPublishers WeeklySawyer Once Again Demonstrates His Wild Talent For Innovative, Iconoclastic Storytelling As He Relates A Thought Provoking, Sobering, Yet Wryly Compassionate Tale Of One Man S Discovery Of Timelessness Even As His Own Time Is Running OutLibrary JournalSawyer Presents, In A Very Entertaining And Interesting Way, Arguments For And Against God S Existence I Can Think Of No Better Way To Present These Topics Than This Lively Novel, And I Ll Recommend It To Anyone Interested In Thinking About These Things, No Matter Which Side Of The Fence They Are OnSFFaudioSucceeds On Multiple Levels As Science FictionThe New York Review Of Science FictionA Good Novel Keeps Readers Turning The Pages To Find Out The Fate Of Characters They Care About But For Fiction To Be Called Literature, The Story Should Stay With Readers And Keep Them Thinking About It Long After The Book Has Been Put Away It Is Safe To Say That Sawyer Has Accomplished Both With Calculating God Denver Rocky Mountain News Which Named Calculating God The Best SF Novel Of The Year, And Included It On Their List Of The Year S Best Books Of Any Type Great premise, terrible execution Calculating God proposes the question what if we make contact with aliens and discover that they are not rationalist atheist scientists, but true believers It s a provocative opening and challenge to science fiction in general, which is often though not always written by rationalist, atheist authors who assume their readers and their imagined futures will share those values The problem is that Calculating God isn t a very good book on any level The majorit Great premise, terrible execution Calculating God proposes the question what if we make contact with aliens and discover that they are not rationalist atheist scientists, but true believers It s a provocative opening and challenge to science fiction in general, which is often though not always written by rationalist, atheist authors who assume their readers and their imagined futures will share those values The problem is that Calculating God isn t a very good book on any level The majority of its pages take the form of a dialogue between Hollus, an alien Forhilnor, and Thomas Jericho, an aging, cancer stricken paleontologist at the Royal Ontario Museum The aliens have come to Earth to conduct research, having determined that mass extinctions have occurred at the same points in the histories of three different inhabited worlds Hence, they wish to speak with a paleontologist and not with the United Nati This book is the author s private soap box for preaching creationist garbage like Gaps in the fossil record Missing links There s no proof of evolution, it s just a theory Inadequacies in natural selection We ve never seen a new species form Fine tuning is evidence for a creatorThe plot revolves around an alien who comes to Earth looking for got He is shocked by human atheists, and tries to share the the scientific fact of god The evidence provided is something about the marvelous p This book is the author s private soap box for preaching creationist garbage like Gaps in the fossil record Missing links There s no proo


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