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From the author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins' The Blind Watchmaker has been acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution in the last hundred years. In 1802 the Rev. William Paley's argued in Natural Theology 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. ...more
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Published February 5th 1991 by Penguin UK (first published January 1986)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, Richard Dawkins
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design is a 1986 book by Richard Dawkins, in which the author presents an explanation of, and argument for, the theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

عنوانها: ساعتساز نابینا؛ ساعتساز کور؛ نویسنده: ریچارد داوکینز؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نخست ماه دسامبر سال 2014 میلادی

عنوان: ساعتساز نابینا؛ نویسنده:
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Paul Bryant
I should explain the point about the watchmaker.

A SMALL ROCK

If you’re walking along in the countryside and you come across a rock, you don’t say, well, where the hell did that come from and who made it? It’s a rock. No one cares. There’s no notices stuck on trees or printed in local free newspapers anywhere saying “have you seen this rock? Description – roughly three inches by four by three; last seen in the Dorchester area; undistinctive grey colouring; answers to the name of “rock”; reward –
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Manny
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Dawkins loves explaining evolutionary theory, and this is one of his best books. My favourite bit is the section on long-tailed birds (peacocks, etc). From the point of view of simple utility, they are rather baffling. What use could you possibly have for that long, stupid tail?

But, as Dawkins keeps reminding us, it's not about survival of the species, or even of the individual, but rather of the gene. Suppose there's a sex-linked male gene that disposes towards long tails, and a sex-linked
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Bradley
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the title's extension spells out, this is a definitive (as of '87) rebuttal against all comers in favor of Darwinism, but don't let my saying so prove it. Read it for yourself.

All his arguments are crystal clear, but he takes extra time to caricature the caricature of Darwinists, pointing out exactly how the ad absurdum argument really works while also elucidating the fine points of what Darwinism IS versus what it is NOT.

He steps us through the first third of the book showing us how
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Riku Sayuj
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: Manjunath Muddaraju
It is a good thing that Dawkins himself takes the trouble to think about which chapters of his books will be of vanishing interest in the near future. Of course, he turned out to be more accurate than he must have wished for. This must be the most boring of all Dawkins’ books, but I do not want to give up on him till I read ‘The Extended Phenotype’ which just might prove to be the best (scientifically) of all his works. With whole chapters devoted to the driest taxonomy problems and to ...more
Amirography
A rather well-written book. I like the writing style of Pr. Dawkins.
It was not as challenging as "Selfish gene". But I guess its complexity is pretty relevant to the level of articulation many have. However, it was a great read and made me think more about the topic.
Mostephl
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow and double wow. i read this through and turned back to p.1 to read it again.

blind watchmaker has been amazingly influential in the way i think about just about everything- the world, existence, life forms, physics- down to the micro, myself and my craft. it's sent chills down my spine, made me euphoric and angry. the first for finally addressing questions that have long been in my mind (but receive no echo in society as i've known it), the second for the willful repression of information
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Roy Lotz
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two summers ago, I did myself the favor of reading The Selfish Gene. Well, I didn’t quite read it; rather, I listened to Dawkins and his wife, Lalla Ward, narrate the book, as I took long walks in the forest near my house. Incidentally, I think Dawkins (and, to a slightly lesser extent, Lalla) has a magnificent voice; it’s a pleasure to hear him speak.

But that’s a matter of taste; what is not a matter of taste is the quality of that book. Agree or disagree with Dawkins, one must admit that The
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Simon Cleveland, PhD
Dawkins is one of my top picks for the most articulate, engaging and proficient scientists I've read to date. The Blind Watchmaker turned out to be a very prolific piece. I was baffled by his logical analogies, most excellent examples and extremely engaging vernacular.
In this work, one learns much about the evolutionary adaptations of numerous species, of which the sonar technology of baths, dolphins and other mammals seemed most shocking.
His reasoning of what constitutes miracles, probability
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Laura
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This book was okay, but since I already am convinced evolution occurs by natural selection, I felt like he was not preaching to the choir, but trying to convince the choir. Of course, I got tired of it after a while (but I had to keep going, because I had to read it for a class). He comes up with many different arguments/theories for how evolution/natural selection could occur, many of which are interesting, but I would just rather read a science book rather than a philosophical book on ...more
Max
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biology
Having thoroughly enjoyed Dawkins’ outstanding The Selfish Gene, my initial impression of The Blind Watchmaker was a bit of a letdown. Dawkins wrote the book to counter creationist thinking, but for a firm believer in Darwinian evolution, his lengthy arguments were unnecessary. However, if Dawkins converted any creationists, I would consider the book a great success. With that said, there were a number of things I did like. Below are some items that caught my attention.

Darwin’s concept of
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Seth Hanson
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time, this was a tough book for me to read. Considering the way I was raised - in a heavily religious atmosphere - it was hard for me to accept the theory of evolution. However, Dawkins very clearly lays out the theory in a way that anyone can understand if they are willing to open their mind just a little and put in just a little effort. It might be hard to accept but its even harder to dispute. Reality is like that. I think everyone should be required to read this book.
Jose Moa
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, biology
This book is a more nail in the coffin of creationism.
It develops the darvinian theory of evolution,change and selection,but at a more deep level than the original Darwins theory,the deeper level of molecular biology and molecular genetics,subjects this unknown in the Darwins time as the quantum electrodinamics was unknown in the Maxwells time but explains at a deeper level the electromagnetic fenomenology.

The first chapters explains the incredible aparition of wonderful organs as the human eye
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Jim
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...one of my aims in the book is to convey something of the sheer wonder of biological complexity to those whose eyes have not been opened to it. But having built up the mystery, my other main aim is to remove it again by explaining the solution...

He managed the above, but I didn't enjoy this as much as The Selfish Gene or The God Delusion. It delves deeper & wanders around Darwinian Evolution & other theories more than I want or need. I hadn't planned to read this since I understood
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Brit Cheung
Some parts of the book are quite intriguing while a few chapters carry some ponderousness, leaving me in a bewilderment of what Dawkins intends to convey .

Just put aside the evolutionary theory and natural selection and find something amusing. In the female birds' preference for a long tail section, it seems the female birds were in a dominant position in choosing what kind of male birds she likes, be they long tails or short tails. This reminds me of a hilarious essay of James Thurber which he
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Charles
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enchantingly beautiful fiction, 23 Mar 2007


Musings of a fideist (a materialistic fideist).

Richard Dawkins has a breathtaking gift for expressive, catchy writing. His handling of illustration and narrative flow like silk. Yet he reminds me of an eloquent 19th century clergyman. His persistent dedication to the high altar of gradualistic explanation, however incredibly improbable, stretches credulity to breaking point. Take for example his extraordinary leap on p.134, para 1, where
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Ergun Coruh
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blind Watchmaker is probably one of the best introductory books on evolution.

Dawkins takes his time, explaining step by step how Darwinian evolution works.

Dawkins explains at great length, how species that look like a "complex design" evolve with accumulating small changes via natural selection, why natural selection is "blind"; ie. it lacks purpose, how random mutations combined with non-random natural selection is necessary for evolution to take place, and why a "complex design" does not
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David
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biology
I enjoyed this book very much, despite the difficulty of reading the very small typeface. Dawkins' style is almost folksy, and not at all the arrogant, condescending style that some reviewers mention. The first chapter, about echolocation in bats, is fascinating. I also enjoyed reading about the different philosophies involved in taxonomy, the classification of species. Some reviewers mention that Dawkins' explanations are "old hat", and that the computer simulations are primitive; but they do ...more
Manab
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed it, Mr Dawkins is probably the ultimate preacher for the choir. More people would be convinced watching an episode of Sagan's Cosmos than slugging through this book. I still remember how Cosmos changed the teenage me. Just remember the high-and-mighty all-smiles Sagan! This preacher, one Ricky Dawkins, with his pompous writing, repeating the same phrases, picking fight with other preachers of the same flock (like Reverend Steven J Gould) and offering the worldview that no other ...more
Navid Asmari Saadabad
I suggest everyone interested in the origin of life and especially those who were born fundamentalist creationists, to read this book. I would like to quote a paragraph from the book:
“A physicist certainly doesn’t need Darwinism in order to do physics. He might think that biology is a trivial subject compared with physics. It would follow from this that, in his opinion, Darwinism is of trivial importance to science. But he could not sensibly conclude from this that it is therefore false!”
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Inanc Gumus
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This book was a real eye opener for me. I couldn't understood what the evolution was and was finding it non-sense. When they say: 'the nature designed this creature like this.', 'it gave them wings' etc. etc. I was thinking: 'how non-sense this is that the nature designed them, it is not possible, the nature is not a smart thing to do that'.

But, I was all wrong.

Because, the nature doesn't have to be smart to design such creatures. It even doesn't need to design. They don't emerges by luck or
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Paul
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
I have only ever read one other Dawkins book before, The God Delusion, and really didn't like the style or attitude of the writing, so was not completely looking forward to this one.

The primary aim of the book is to look at all the evidence and theories that make up the Darwinian theory of evolution and natural selection. He considers all the evidence from real life examples, in particular the eye, and buy using a computer program that he wrote, demonstrates how new variants of a species can
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Brian Cloutier
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good part: Dawkins is a great writer. His style is very conversational and the book very quotable. His arguments follow a defined path but still manage to meander through welcome asides. He uses metaphors and thought experiments well, most of the book was very easy to follow.

And what arguments he makes! The probability of miracles, potential precursors of RNA, the importance of gradual change. His goal is to show that it's possible to explain the rise of complexity from a simple world and he
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Aurélien Thomas
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, atheism, biology
NO! life on Earth has nothing to do with chance and, NO! the alternative to chance is not God. NO! the complexity of some organs is not a proof for the existence of an intelligent design. NO!, natural selection doesn't work like a monkey playing Shakespeare with a typewriter... Should I go on? Read Dawkins, he will tell you about it all!

With a contagious passion and a load of patience (because, quite frankly, you need a massive amount of it to face the rubbish circulating on such topics!) the
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Science (Fiction) Nerd Mario
One of the best and most understandable arguments for evolutionary theory and natural selection

Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

In the spirit of Darwin, Dawkins argues soundly, comprehensively, in this form of a non-fiction book rhetorically above average and merely correct. In contrast to his later work "The God Delusion," which is so full of polemics, he refrains from doing so. He endeavors to provide factual and
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Catalin Negru
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Target audience: Common people, not necessarily trained in biology. The purpose of the book is to make everybody familiar with the theory of evolution.

About the author: Richard Dawkins is a British author, biologist, and ethologist. He was born on March 26, 1941, in Nairobi, Kenya. He embraced Christianity as a young boy. However, during his teens, he embraced Darwinism instead. Dawkins is claimed to be the “world’s most famous atheist.” He opposes religion, criticizes creationism and
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A Man Called Ove
3.5/5 Am I right in saying that Darwin is relatively less famous than Einstein and Newton ? What a mind-boggling theory of such astonishing scope and implications, it is almost inconceivable that a single human being could have given us the theory of evolution.
I think I studied it in class 9 and read it as another scientific theory. The conflict with religion didnt even enter my mind. Haa bhai hum evolve hue hai, Ok. Realised recently it is crucial for believers in Abrahamic religions to prove
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Hamid
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, science
Here are some key points I gathered from this wonderful wonderful book:

- According to Dawkins, Darwinism seems to be more in need of advocacy than other branches of science. For instance, many people have no grasp of quantum mechanics, but that doesn't make them oppose the theory as nonsense. This could have religious implications.

- One big problem with Darwinism is that everybody thinks he understands it.

- The main reason why most people disbelieve Darwinism is that our brains are built to deal
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Arjen
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book by Richard Dawkins I read and another winner. The other two being The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene.

Whereas The God Delusion is an angry book and The Selfish Gene a book of insight, The Blind Watchmaker is a book of calm and lucid explanation. Dawkins explains Darwins theory of evolution in his trademark clear, witty and highly readable style. He has the talent to break down complex concepts in understandable bits and often uses enlightening analogies to clarify his
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Ericthehamster
"I don't agree with Dawkins much of the time (I find his atheism as fanatical as the religions he criticises), but find him an intelligent and entertaining read. He posits the other side of the coin to the argument for ""intelligent design"". Some very funny correspondence in the Guardian this month (October 2005), included one query that GWBush might be evidence against intelligent design."
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