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

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He uses an argument and formula similar to William Paley's Natural Theology. I think both books go overboard on the analysis. A textbook with science data and results, with diagrams and pictures would ... Read full review

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

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Pretty disappointing read. Chapters seemed to drag and the author really came off as pompous. The book is about evolution but nothing new or eye opening. Read full review

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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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