The blind watchmaker: why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without design

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Norton, Sep 17, 1996 - Science - 358 pages
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Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection--the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered--is the blind watchmaker in nature.

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A great overview of evolution. - Goodreads
Finally, the ending was solidly underwhelming. - Goodreads
I really enjoy Dawkins' writing. - Goodreads
I rind Richard Dawkins a little hard to read. - Goodreads
Great introduction to evolutionary biology. - Goodreads
A good reference to use for a lesson. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I'm a bit torn about how to rate this book. I generally rate based on the quality of the writing, it's ability to convey the intended message, organization and structure, etc. However, this book was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arun Mahendrakar - Goodreads

After reading The Selfish Gene, God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker, I think it's safe to say 'You can read just about any book written by Richard Dawkins'. Read full review

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Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His newest book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence.

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