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The Enjoyment of Evolution,
This review is from: The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters (Paperback)
Evolution is one of the most exciting stories in the history of our planet. It remains therefore a profound mystery as to why there aren't more graphic novels telling the tale. Hosler writes with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the life of Darwin and the history of evolution. Through the use of the graphic novel format and talking eyebrow follicle mites, Hosler communicates one of the most complex theories in a way that anyone can understand. While at times he moves towards poddy humor, it feels strangely appropriate, and Hosler has a profound discussion in the interplay of pedagogical and storytelling approaches with the basics of the theory of evolution. My only regret would be at times Hosler's arguments are slightly weakened through extraneous attacks on the development of religious beliefs, something certainly needing to be addressed within a discussion of acceptance and rejection of evolution, but Hosler's story tangents too far on this road at times.
I am grateful to Dr. PZ Myers for suggesting this book at speech he gave in Seattle. If you love evolution, read this book. If you don't really understand evolution, read this book, and you'll enjoy yourself, and finally get the basics of the theory. If you're a biology teacher, make this required reading, and enjoy the adulation of your students. If you completely reject the theory of evolution...you will get nothing out of this.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2008 7:06:48 PM PST
Reading Mama says:
Thanks for your thoughtful review. Your points are well made. I can't understand people who don't find a review useful if it goes beyond saying, "I just LOVED this book." Carry on!
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