I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian world-view happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence.
The title of this 1986 work, Dawkins's second book, refers to the Rev. William Paley's 1802 work, Natural Theology, which argued that just as finding a watch would lead you to conclude that a watchmaker must exist, the complexity of living organisms proves that a Creator exists. Not so, says Dawkins: "All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way... it is the blind watchmaker."
Dawkins is a hard-core scientist: he doesn't just tell you what is so, he shows you how to find out for yourself. For this book, he wrote Biomorph, one of the first artificial life programs. You can check Dawkins's results on your own Mac or PC....Continua
I propose to make this book compulsory in all schools... :-)
This book, along with Dawkins' Climbing Mount Improbable, are among the best ever demolitions of Intelligent Design's ideas about the origin of the diversity of life on this planet. Both these books are lucid, penetrating, humourous, erudite, and poetic. They both represent a devastating critique of Creationism in all its forms and show the true magic and beauty of the evolved natural world where "apparent but not actual design" are watch words to live by.
Along the way the reader is necessarily introduced to the stunningly simple principles of evolution and shown unequivocally how they give rise to the staggering array of diversity and complexity that surrounds us. This book, along with Climbing Mount Improbable, is one of the very best lessons in evolutionary theory available to the lay person.
Unputdownable. A thrilling roller coaster ride through nature. A scenic route filled with screams of excitement and wonder. A workout for the brain....Continua
This is a book that has been on my shelf for ages. It is an easier read than I expected. Dawkins is a fine writer; he is also a great debater - see him interviewed on youtube here: