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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.
Published ten years after The Selfish Gene, this book is just as enlightening and entertaining as that first book by Dawkins. Read morePublished 1 month ago by OhYeah123
This is the first book I bought with this author. This guy is deep, very deep. This isn't the last book I've bought with this author. He is now one of my favorites.Published 2 months ago by Fred Rowe
A critically acclaimed when initially published, with several reprints, & twice with newly composed prologues & introductions, more cogently framing Dawkin's non-destic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Diderot
Dawkins is knowledgeable. And his book very readable. But I'm afraid the man got it very wrong. I'm working on a refute now.Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Roberts
A little more difficult reading for the lay-man than was, for instance, 'The God Delusion'. Still a very good read.
This is wonderful book. Very easy to follow even if you're not a science-type.Published 5 months ago by Naomi E.
As always with Dawkins; intelligently written and to the point.Published 5 months ago by B. D. Mcgee