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The Fact of Evolution by Cameron M. Smith
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Repetition is the downfall here.

The book's goal is to demonstrate that evolution isn't this 'thing' that does 'things', but rather is a process that is always happening because of replication, variation, and selection. The Fact of Evolution does an excellent job of defining these terms and making a case for evolution as not just a theory, but something to be regarded as fact.

The job is done too well after awhile. It felt like these concepts were being hammered into my head. I feel this was done not only to reinforce, but maybe just to fill a page quota.

I'm glad I read it as a primer for understanding some basic vocabulary and concepts when reading about evolution, and also just a general reminder of what evolution really is essentially.

As for the deniers of evolution, this would not be a bad book to hand to them. Even 30 pages would do wonders.
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Jacob I'm glad I read it as a primer for understanding some basic vocabulary and concepts when reading about evolution, and also just a general reminder of what evolution really is essentially.

I was going to tackle "The Origins of Species" sometime next year and work my way forward from there. But maybe starting with something like this would be wiser...


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