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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution 1st Edition
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Richard Dawkins' objective with TGSOE is to present his ". . . personal summary of the evidence that the `theory' of evolution is actually a fact - as incontrovertible a fact as any in science." [1st pg. of the Preface]. This appears to make this book an argument for evolution, especially considering the subtitle, "The Evidence for Evolution". This framing also matches exactly to the explicit motivation expressed by evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne in his book, Why Evolution Is True.
Having read both I'd recommend Coyne's book if one is looking for an optimal argument on why Science considers evolution a fact and why there are no remaining hypotheses able to challenge evolution as an explanatory model for the evidence or discredit the findings supportive of evolution. It's much more concise, sticks more closely to peer-accepted findings, is more transparent about hedging on explanations where confidence is not yet overwhelming, and presents its findings in a manner easier to understand to someone not well educated in biology.
However, given that I think even the Coyne book falls short on its argument I also recommend molecular biologist Daniel Fairbanks' ...Read more ›
As for the book itself, it took me a while to get used to the chatty style, mostly in first person, that characterizes Dawkin's later books. What Dawkins presents is only PART of "The Evidence for Evolution".Read more ›
Taking the title from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Dawkins begins by asking us to imagine what it would be like to be a European history teacher who is "continually faced with belligerent demands to give equal time" in his classes to Holocaust deniers. To him that would be what it's like to teach the scientific fact of evolution around the world, especially in America, where 40% of us deny that humans evolved from other animals and who claim instead we were all created as distinct species not more than 10,000 years ago. Just like the Holocaust deniers these people are "history-deniers" too. The antidote to that kind of ignorant thinking is this present work, which presents "the positive evidence that evolution is a fact" (p.6). Many bishops and theologians embrace evolution as a fact, even if some of them accept it begrudgingly.
Who is he trying to reach? The creationist "history-deniers" themselves, but more importantly those who find themselves inadequately prepared to argue the case for evolution (p. 8).
He claims: "Evolution is a fact. Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact.Read more ›
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Not sure how this guy got to be so popular. Completely lacks any critical thinking skills. Attempts to paint Creationists as Holocaust deniers and for that matter history... Read morePublished 18 days ago by M. Hilbert
The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution Paperback – March 1, 2010
by Jonathan Sarfati PhD (Author)
I can't say enough good things about this book. Or anything I've read so far by Dawkins.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for summarizing the evidence for evolution. Dawkins is a little biased when it come to theism, but that should not prevent anyone from appreciating the facts presented. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A marvelous read in which Dawkins, as only he can, methodically and logically displays the truth and power of Darwin's revolutionary discovery to a degree of certainty that no... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer