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Oxford zoologist Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype trumpets his thesis in his subtitlealmost guarantee enough that his book will stir controversy. Simply put, he has responded head-on to the argument-by-design most notably made by the 18th century theologian William Paley that the universe, like a watch in its complexity, needed, in effect, a watchmaker to design it. Hewing to Darwin's fundamental (his opponents might say fundamentalist) message, Dawkins sums up: "The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the evolution of organized complexity." Avoiding an arrogant tone despite his up-front convictions, he takes pains to explain carefully, from various sides, why even such esteemed scientists as Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, with their "punctuated equilibrium" thesis, are actually gradualists like Darwin himself in their evolutionary views. Dawkins is difficult reading as he describes his computer models of evolutionary possibilities. But, as he draws on his zoological background, emphasizing recent genetic techniques, he can be as engrossing as he is cogent and convincing. His concept of "taming chance" by breaking down the "very improbable into less improbable small components" is daring neo-Darwinism. Line drawings.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene ( LJ 12/1/76), persuasively argues the case for Darwinian evolution. He criticizes the prominent punctuationist school, and takes issue with the views of creationists and others who believe that life arose by design of a deity. Using the evolution of various animals as examples and drawing parallels from improvements in modern technology, Dawkins demonstrates the logic of the selection process and of an incremental evolution whose end products are the highly complex, functional organisms we know today. This provocative work is likely to generate further controversy in the scientific community. Recommended for informed laypersons, undergraduates, and scholars. Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Timeless arguements to spport the facts of evolution. Sometimes a little long-winded and easy to put downPublished 2 months ago by Brian Talbot
Typical Darkins. Not written in laymans language. Thank god, pardon the pun, for kindle dictionaryPublished 6 months ago by Cec
Good author and strong arguments. Currently starting another Richard Dawkins book.Published 13 months ago by Deniz Hassan
You can't be a lazy reader with this one. You will be forced to think and understand, and you'll be grateful for it.Published 17 months ago by Joseph Csaszar
Highly recommended, produced by an enlightened secular Humanist populist pioneer.
Resplendent writing style that provided lucid concepts. Read more
I can't decide, I think he is right in most of this theories but genetics only can account for so much in my view. Gifted write though. I could be proved wrong of course lolPublished on Nov. 26 2012 by Dean Wirth
Excellent. A marvelous read. In _The Blind Watchmaker_, Richard Dawkins explains how evolution works, touches on how it doesn't work, and he does so in a way in which just about... Read morePublished on July 22 2010 by Hex1a4
I actually read this book 5 years ago. It's a book full of imagination! Of the numerous scientific books I have ever read, this is the one that I will never forget. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2001