- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455848158
- ISBN-13: 978-1455848157
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 497 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,698,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
|MP3 CD, Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged||
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
About the Author
Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
However, as I was heading to the end of the book, I questioned a few arguments on the speciation (Chapter 9) Puncturing punctuationism, for example the rate that he mentions new species are being created at a similar rate some go to extinction nowadays. I wished to see a very clear example, after all, it happens slowly, but it does in terms of aggregated mutations within a certain species that eventually have a different pool from its ancestor.
Excellent book, June 28, 2007
By Xarold (Papua New Guinea) - See all my reviews
I am in the middle of this book, but as always, things happen and I initiated other exciting books and left this one in idle, I will possibly finish it by the end of July, the subject gets pretty deep, clarifies a lot of was was misunderstood from his first book: The Selfish Gene. Therefore, for a full understanding, I have been tagging and underlining important stuff that corelates his gradualism statements with the evidence available.
I recommend it.
Aspects of the book I found to be quite strong were the popular explanations of mathematical genetics, particularly Russ Lande's work on sexual selection, and the construction of "animal space" to get across the notion of gradual, step-by-step change.
For the evolutionist, this book is a wonderful resource because it lays out some complex topics in easy to comprehend detail. However, it does not prove anything. It offers the typical "must have beens" and "it is likely that..." and so forth that so often accompany these unprovable arguments. Rather than try to convince you that this theory is less solid than the scientific community would like to admit, I would suggest that you read it with a healthy dose of skepticism. Ask the question: If such and such happened...how did it happen? Isn't this what characterizes great scientists anyway? Dr. Dawkins offers suggestions on how things might have happened and seems to think that just because he has proposed a scientific sounding hypothetical that the theory is proven. I would ask the reader to go deeper and seek the truth. Insist on proof. Blind acceptance is foolish and entirely unscientific. At least, that is what the scientists tell us Christians, isn't it?
For the creationist, I would suggest reading this book so that you have a fuller understanding of what the evolution arguments really are. So often we are arguing points that are not really being made by evolutionists, and we come off as being disingenuous, misquoting, and even lying about the things we claim the other side is saying. There is plenty to be debated in the actual arguments of evolutionists so let's try to educate ourselves on our adversaries. It will make our arguments stronger, and force them to defend their real positions rather than easy to knock down straw men. We ought not be afraid of their scientific positions if we truly believe we are right. For myself, I freely admit to bringing a religious bias to the debate. Everybody brings their preconceptions with them everywhere they go. There is no such thing as complete objectivity. We ought not pretend to be objective (either side) because we are not. What we can do is be respectful and present arguments based on what is actually being said.