The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 22, 2009 - Science - 470 pages
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Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his latest New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth. "Intelligent Design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.
  

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User Review  - Salman - Goodreads

A fabulous book. It lays out in readable and lighthearted prose a bullet proof case for evolution. But that's not the primary value of this book - the real bang for the buck is in the details of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alec Clews - Goodreads

Useful review of arguments for evolutionary science. Arm yourself against the zealot idiots. Discusses geology, palaeoecology and biology. Read full review

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Contents

Dogs cows and cabbages
19
The primrose path to macroevolution
43
Silence and slow time
83
Before our very eyes
109
Missing link? What do you mean missing?
143
Missing persons? Missing no longer
181
You did it yourself in nine months
209
The ark of the continents
251
History written all over us
337
Arms races and evolutionary theodicy
373
There is grandeur in this view of life
397
APPENDIx The historydeniers
427
NOTES
439
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FURTHER READING
447
PICTURE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
455
INDEx
459

The tree of cousinship
285

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About the author (2009)

Richard Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the acclaimed author of many books including The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth. Visit him at RichardDawkins.net.

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