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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 28, 2015 - Science - 496 pages

Richard Dawkins’s classic remains the definitive argument for our modern understanding of evolution.

The Blind Watchmaker is the seminal text for understanding evolution today. In the eighteenth century, theologian William Paley developed a famous metaphor for creationism: that of the skilled watchmaker. In The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins crafts an elegant riposte to show that the complex process of Darwinian natural selection is unconscious and automatic. If natural selection can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is a blind one—working without foresight or purpose.

In an eloquent, uniquely persuasive account of the theory of natural selection, Dawkins illustrates how simple organisms slowly change over time to create a world of enormous complexity, diversity, and beauty.

 

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A zoologist/author (The Selfish Gene) defends Darwin with passion and elegance, but fails to wholly persuade. Troubled by the persistent resistance to orthodox Darwinism from creationists, revisionist ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the 1996 edition
Preface
Explaining the very improbable
Good design
Accumulating small change
Making tracks through animal space
The power and the archives
Origins and miracles
Constructive evolution
Explosions and spirals
Puncturing punctuationism
The one true tree of life
Doomed rivals
Bibliography
Index
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Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is the author of The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, and many other books.

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