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Overall, this is a pretty poorly done forray into the realm of larger societal issues from a physical/descriptive scientist. The first part of the book isn't bad. It's a ~100 page recap of how we know what we know about physics, biology, astronomy and geology. It's what I imagine Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" to be, except less entertaining. The first part puts forth a good showing for why rational scientific thought is the best approach to problems. It has explained a vas...