The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
First, thank you for getting this far. It's to your credit: you're willing to find out something about what the other side has to say. You're probably expecting I'll tell you to read Dawkins's latest book. In fact, I'm not going to do that.
Don't read this book. Dawkins is disrespectful and arrogant about Young Earth Creationism, and he will only annoy you. Instead, I suggest that you might want to look at Charles Darwin's On th...more
Wow! This is definitely one of those books that makes you look at the world a little differently after reading. Richard Dawkins writes so well on the subject. He is extremely thorough in his description of the fact of evolution, but he doesn't dumb down his explanations either. If you are interested in a particular subject, he often references places you can go to continue the story. He paints a beautiful picture of how evolution really works and why that helps you appreciate this amazing world...more
My jaw was dropping several times during this most pleasurable trip through the physical evidence of evolution.
In 4 billion years we went from a single cell to a fully developed human, and now each of us has repreated it in the 9 months we are in the womb of our mother. The wonder of epigenisis without a blueprint!
But the funniest part in it was his quote of Monty Pythons 'All things dull and ugly':
All things dul...more
The objective of this book is to prove why evolution is true, and it absolutely does. It really puts into perspective the grand scope of evidence that exists in favour of it. And I thought I kne...more
Many despise Dawkins. He's one of those guys people love to hate. In my experience, religious persons of any stripe collectively agree that his is a...more
If you are into the implications of natural philosophy on the question of God, as well as the h...more
He seemingly leaves no stone uncovered in the challenge, often tackling direct claims made by creationists and demonstrating why they are false. He also covers how speciation has been observed and the whole "show me your transitional fossils" non-argument is handled masterfully....more
I was fully expecting some kind of scientific treatise yet it ended up being like a bunch of guys on the dock lau...more
1. I am an atheist.
2. I am a molecular biologist.
So, I am clearly not the target audience. That being said, I really wanted to like this book. I am so happy that there are people out there who are speaking out in defense of evolution and (although not in this book) atheism, and as such I want to support Richard Dawkins. However, the best way I can sum up my feelings about the book is to say that it resembles a very long version of an undergraduate's final...more
What I’m trying to say is The Greatest Show On Earth is engaging and concise and illuminating and for a large part, just downright fun. It’s a remarkable look at the history of the world as we know it and Dawkins goes out of his way to be a clever and amiable host.
I really would recommend this to anyone interested in th...more
Dawkins has covered many of these points in his previous books but here he brings them all together to address just this one subject.
He covers each of the various objections raised by Creationists, none more so that the supposed "Missing L...more
If Thomas Henry Huxley was famously "Darwin's bulldog", then Richard Dawkins is probably best described as "Darwin's pit bull". He gets his teeth into an argument, locks on and shakes it until submission is the only option. There's a certain glee when he admits to being "the devil's disciple" or the high priest of "ultradarwinism", and his admission has an undeniably macho swagger about it. Real men (and women) take the toughest line on natural selection. Suffering and pain in nature and humani...more
You might not guess that a Biology book could keep your attention for 426 pages but guess again. This book will leave you educated about the proof of evolution and how it happens through non-random processes called Natural Selection. Dawkins presents beautiful descriptions of studies from natural life that are so elegant that it might make you want to become a biologist yourself. At least that's what it did form me.
We should all grow up and stop believing in supernatural and superstit...more
It could have been shorter with the same content.
It could have been more clearly organized for memorability and knowing where you are.
He's simply not the best writer, although you can tell he's a brilliant thinker.
And despite all that, there are enough gems spread through the book to make it highly rated. His passion comes across in several-page descriptions of brilliantly designed experiments and the conclusions that they all...more
Το The Greatest Show on Earth έχει υπότιτλο The Evidence for Evolution και αποτελούν με λίγα λόγια το αντικείμενο του βιβλίου. Ο συγγραφέας παραθέτει με απλό και αναλυτικό τρόπο όλα τα επιστημονικά δεδομένα που αποδεικνύουν ότι η εξέλιξη των ειδών δεν είναι απλά άλλη μία θεωρία, αλλά πραγματικότητα.
Στην ιατρική και γενικότερα στη...more
**In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.**
In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, *On the Origin of Species*, shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would have ra...more