Science and “The Magic of Reality”: A Rhetorical Analysis
Can an author discretely manipulate your beliefs? The ethologist, revolutionary biologist, and writer, Richard Dawkins, in his book, The Magic of Reality, attempts to reveal and explain to the readers the magic found in the nature surrounding us. Since the book requires basic scientific knowledge, it targets secondary school students and those older. Dawkin’s purpose is to convince readers that science can explain ultimately anything, and to persuade them into disregarding their belief in metaphysical explanations.
Richard Dawkins started off the chapter by clarifying that anything that exists, or has once existed, is a reality which can be detected somehow by our senses, or has left us with some kind of proof associated with its existence. He accomplished this by beginning with a hypothesis, “our five senses – sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste – do a pretty good job of convincing us that many things are real,” and then presenting examples that falsify it in the form of questions, consequently introducing us to a new means of detection. He argued that yes, we can tell that rocks and camels exist by sight, that we can tell that grass has been freshly mown or that coffee has been freshly ground through their smell, that a sound we heard corresponds to a doorbell or a waterfall, and that we can tell the difference between salt and sugar from their taste. However, he falsified that criterion by bringing up