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

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Norton, 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
A good introduction to the theory of evolution. - Goodreads
A modern take on evolution by natural selection. - Goodreads
The writing was clear, precise, clean. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Alethea Bothwell - Goodreads

Excellent. Clear explanations, good analogies, wonderful logic. I GET IT! The one slight criticism I have is that sometimes he goes on a bit longer than I think is necessary answering objections and responding to alternative "possibilities." But he is just being thorough, I guess. Read full review

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User Review  - Todd Landrum - Goodreads

Like The God Delusion, the book is impressive in it's scope and the depth it covers its topics. And like that first book, both the scope and depth exceed my interest in the topic. There were many ... Read full review

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About the author (1986)

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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