The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1986 - Science - 358 pages
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The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who made one of the most famous creationist arguments: Just as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery that put the lie to these arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process that Darwin discovered - has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.
  

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A great overview of evolution. - Goodreads
I rind Richard Dawkins a little hard to read. - Goodreads
I really enjoy Dawkins' writing. - Goodreads
Great introduction to evolutionary biology. - Goodreads
A good introduction to the theory of evolution. - Goodreads
The key is (i) mutation and (ii) selection. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Meh. I've read way more of Dawkin's than I ever should have. The guys a toxic piece of shit. Read full review

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User Review  - Hom Sack - Goodreads

Nicely argued and a nice sequel to his previous book, The selfish Gene. The only aspect that is outdated by today's standard is the reference to computer technology. Read full review

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Contents

Explaining the very improbable
1
Good design
21
Accumulating small change
43
Making tracks through animal space
77
The power and the archives
111
Origins and miracles
139
Constructive evolution
169
Explosions and spirals
195
Puncturing punctuationism
223
The one true tree of life
255
Doomed rivals
287
Bibliography
321
Index
327
An Application for the Apple Macintosh Computer
335
Computer Programs and The Evolution of Evolvability
351
Copyright

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Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

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