The Blind Watchmaker
"The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years."--E. O. Wilson. With a new introduction.Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the... show more
"The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years."--E. O. Wilson. With a new introduction.Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin’s brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection—the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered—is the blind watchmaker in nature.
Publish date: September 17th 1996
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
A good read for those who need to argue against "intelligent design" theories with obstreperous relatives during the holidays. I really liked his mathematical perspectives, deconstructing seemingly impossible statistics and showing how they are indeed quite reasonable.
The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins (1986) Sometimes there is just to much desperate silliness in our world The Theory of Evolution is in my opinion easy to understand, but made deliberately complicated by some religious groups. That's nothing else as an attempt to turn the wheel of time back...
I have only ever read one other Dawkins book before, The God Delusion, and really didn't like the style or attitude of the writing, so was not completely looking forward to this one.The primary aim of the book is to look at all the evidence and theories that make up the Darwinian theory of evolution...
This book is the " Holy Bible Of Biology " Dawkins and only Dawkins could put Science Genes into your DNA , Dawkins makes me move between his books from one to another ,his folksy and intersting way of writing , his apologetic against let my say enemies make you " eat " the book not Just read it Im...
Dawkins accomplishes all of his goals, I think, in this one, but it's a bit of a mind-wanderer in several of the chapters. Some of the mind's departures from the text were positive (Dawkins presents 'IDEAS' that have to be chased down) and some were negative (while Dawkins belabors this point, let's...