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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Personally, I can't see how anyone can take this book seriously. Throughout it he promotes "punctuationism" and "macromutationism" over "gradualism" and "saltationism," which added a couple more evolutionary -isms to my list - now up to 24 - that range from actualism to uniformitarianism, in spite of the fact that his opponents in contrast have one, creationism. The fact that this so-called "science" has two dozen separate -isms just illustrates both how badly evolutionists WANT their theory to be true, and the extremes they're willing to go to "prove" it since their -isms are basically nothing more than ad hoc theories.
"Punctuationism" and "macromutationism" vs. "gradualism" and "saltationism" can be simplified as "fast" vs. "slow," yet in reality Dawkins inadvertently makes it clear that neither will work - fast OR slow evolutionism. He brings up the fatal point that any changes occurring over millions and millions of years (for example he uses the lengthening of limbs) would be so gradual that the organism wouldn't realize any benefit from such a slow change for hundreds of thousands of years, and with changes so minute, how would natural selection even be able to detect them to select them? He also brings up an even worse point when he talks about his own punctuationism when he says that with such rapid change occurring basically overnight the organism wouldn't be able to find another one of its kind to breed with, which totally negates natural selection yet again.
In the end this is just a bunch of "just-so" stories, that suggest an evolutionary change "could've happened this way," or it "might've happened that way," or "it's possible it did this," or "it may have done that." Simply put, this book is just a bunch of "maybes" that he went ahead and debunked himself.
The best thing evolution has done for science is fill our vernacular with oxymoronic things, titles, phrases, and words such as the -isms mentioned above, and others like "the geologic column," "paleontology," "deep time," and "eons," none of which exist in reality. And let us not forget teaching young people how to hypocritically reason in a circle while we're at it.
This book contains absolutely no science whatsoever, and is nothing but fanciful conjecture from cover-to-cover.


Introduction to the 1996 edition
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

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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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