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"The Greatest Show on Earth" seems not to have been written for the people who unfortunately need it the most.
on February 11, 2017
While reading Dawkins' book "The Greatest Show on Earth", I couldn't help but think that with every chapter (except perhaps the first 3 or 4), he either digresses too far off-topic into unnecessary histories or anecdotes, or fails to clearly articulate the argument he is trying to present. As someone with a science background, I knew what he was trying to say and the logic behind his points is sound. That being said, I found myself realizing that a layperson who had perhaps never heard of the concepts he was trying to present might walk away unclear of what exactly Dawkins had just tried to argue or conclude by the end of the section or chapter. As far as books trying to explain why evolution is a fact to the layperson, this book falls well short of its contemporaries (Jerry Coyne's book is especially good at explaining a lot of the same evidence), and as far as Dawkins books go, the clarity and wit doesn't even come close to that of his earlier works.