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Richard Dawkins is not a shy man. Edward Larson's research shows that most scientists today are not formally religious, but Dawkins is an in-your-face atheist in the witty British style:
I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian world-view happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence.
The title of this 1986 work, Dawkins's second book, refers to the Rev. William Paley's 1802 work, Natural Theology, which argued that just as finding a watch would lead you to conclude that a watchmaker must exist, the complexity of living organisms proves that a Creator exists. Not so, says Dawkins: "All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way... it is the blind watchmaker."
Dawkins is a hard-core scientist: he doesn't just tell you what is so, he shows you how to find out for yourself. For this book, he wrote Biomorph, one of the first artificial life programs. You can check Dawkins's results on your own Mac or PC.
Oxford zoologist Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype trumpets his thesis in his subtitlealmost guarantee enough that his book will stir controversy. Simply put, he has responded head-on to the argument-by-design most notably made by the 18th century theologian William Paley that the universe, like a watch in its complexity, needed, in effect, a watchmaker to design it. Hewing to Darwin's fundamental (his opponents might say fundamentalist) message, Dawkins sums up: "The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the evolution of organized complexity." Avoiding an arrogant tone despite his up-front convictions, he takes pains to explain carefully, from various sides, why even such esteemed scientists as Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, with their "punctuated equilibrium" thesis, are actually gradualists like Darwin himself in their evolutionary views. Dawkins is difficult reading as he describes his computer models of evolutionary possibilities. But, as he draws on his zoological background, emphasizing recent genetic techniques, he can be as engrossing as he is cogent and convincing. His concept of "taming chance" by breaking down the "very improbable into less improbable small components" is daring neo-Darwinism. Line drawings.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More than you ever wanted to know about evolution. Really detailed, dense with information, but so long you can hardly stand it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Thomas Adams
Very learned, extremely insightful although sometimes the author gets carried away and dives and dwells a little too much in academic infighting and details. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Carlos Alonso De Prada
Richard presents an in-depth study of evolution with a special bent toward DNA and gene propagation. Read morePublished 22 days ago by David Carter
This book is classic. Richard Dawkins is a masterful writer and defender of the Neo-Darwinian synthesis. Read morePublished 25 days ago by william cole
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There are still those who think that Evolution is just a theory or another form of "faith" contrary to their own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Williams
Great book by the author of "The Selfish Gene," for anybody interested in genetics or evolution. Dawkins is without doubt the best science writer since Isaac Asimov.Published 1 month ago by BILL DEARMORE
It was good, it was a little bit hard to understand at times but it make sense after understanding.Published 2 months ago by Denis Bermudez