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
Great introduction to evolutionary biology. - Goodreads
A modern take on evolution by natural selection. - Goodreads
A good introduction to the theory of evolution. - Goodreads

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

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I started this a couple months ago but didn't get to finishing it until a few days ago. Truth be told, it spent a lot of time sitting on my desk at work. I told myself I'd read it during breaks and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

An excellent and engaging start. For some reason it became a bit harder to get through in the second half. Overall though, it's a fantastic explanation of evolution and how it's the only possible answer for how we got here. Read full review

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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