The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
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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
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
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
I was fully expecting some kind of scientific treatise yet it ended up being like a bunch of guys on the dock lau ...more
Dawkins may be an annoying, islamphobic/religiophobic, sexist prick, but there's no denying that he's a brilliant scientist.
Evolution is a scientific fact. The evidence supporting it is just so overwhelming for it to be otherwise. From fossils (we've got transitional fossils, like Tiktaalik roseae , and Homo erectus ), to evolutionary leftovers (in humans, for instance, there are the appendix, wisdom teeth, and goose bumps, to name a few), and most recently ...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
Of course, since I think evolution is ...more
The science is too involved for a scientifically illiterate fundamentalist creationist audience, the sardonic tone likewise off-putting to them, and the atheists like me who share his broad perspective hardly need a hand-held walk through the garden of nature's wonders and weirdnesses.
Then again, maybe we do: it should be emphasised that this book makes for a fantastic full spectrum look at the subje ...more
However, I am happy to say that once again Richard Dawkins has presented the unifying theory of evolution convincingly. Unfortunately, the only people that would be ...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
The book features many fascinating ex ...more
The Greatest Show on Earth is another solid book in a series of books by Richard Dawkins. This book has to do with the evidence in support of evolution. The book is composed of the following thirteen chapters: 1.Only a theory? 2. Dogs, cows and cabbages, 3.The primrose path to macro-evolution, 4.Silence and slow time, 5.Before our very eyes, 6.Missing link? What do you mean `missing'? 7. Missing persons? Missing no longer, 8. You did it yourself in n ...more
In my personal canon, I rather like the idea that the "clay" God made Adam out of in the Bible is actually RNA. All live evolved from this, ...more
First, the format suffers organizationally. The book is written as a rebuttal to creationist arguments, but Dawkins addresses those arguments by interspersing them, in no coherent order, within affirmative evidence for evolution. A bettter way to format the book would have been to model it after a good legal brief. Present the affirmative case for evolution first, then address creationist counterarguments second.
Dawkins' books seem to grow out a nagging urge to yell something at the world and "the point" is poorly spread across sprawling chapters that reference acros ...more
Dawkins makes a point that a good scientific theory must be falsibiable. That means, that if certain evidence were ever collected, or observations made, then one must conclude that the theory is false. He describes how if fossils were eve ...more
It was sometimes a tough read but it presents the evidence for evolution in a clear and concise manner that is accessible to non-biologists. Although, I did have to google search some concepts because I didn't remember enough biology 101 foundations from undergrad (the embryology chapter killed me! but thankfully I've revived since).
So, if you are evolution theory ignorant (because what I remember from high school and basic bio in college has pretty much left my brain by now), this i ...more