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The Blind Watchmaker, by Richard Dawkins
One of the most famous creationist arguments originated with 18th century theologian William Paley who suggested that since a watch should have a maker, the natural world also needed to have one. Just as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was Charles Darwin’s brilliant discovery that put the lie to these arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection—the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process that Darwin discovered—has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.
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.
A head-on response to the argument-by-design. Dawkins 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.
Persuasively argues the case for Darwinian evolution. …Demonstrates the logic of the selection process and of an incremental evolution whose end products are the highly complex, functional organisms we know today. Recommended for informed laypersons, undergraduates, and scholars. Joseph Hannibal,
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