ebook The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
kindle ´ The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design Ó Hardcover read È ❰Reading❯ ➹ The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design Author Richard Dawkins –The unconscious automatic blind yet essentially non random process discovered by Darwin is the only answer to the biggest uestion of all why do we exist? wow and double wow i read this through and turned back to p1 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 uestions 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 and large scale institutionalized dumb down that is the public school system i grew up in it makes me want to cry to think that i didn't learn about evolution until i already had a master's degree i am learning now though largely through dawkins stephen j gould and others who've been able to bring the complexities of this subject to the laypeople still angry that whatever my daughter learns about evolution she'll have to learn from me a social scientist and by no means an authority nonetheless in a college classroom if her professor asks if anyone's heard of darwin her answer will be a resounding yeah small victory but somethingchokengtitiktitikchokengs there's a great great BBC documentary on Galapagos highly worth checking out
Richard Dawkins ä The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design ebook
To one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection 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 yourselfAll 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 NOTHe steps us through the first third of the book showing us how Selection works from an energy standpoint a competition standpoint and a sexual standpoint from the basic building blocks of proteins to and complex forms of DNA and the combo cells that collect all the wonderful multicellular creations including bacteria that eventually wind up creating us The descriptions are uite beautiful and clear and all the while we've got all the foundations for life without Intelligent Design The argument is simple of course If we can explain everything and I mean everything that is life and physics then what purpose does adding a superfluous layer to the explanation serve?This is ten years worth of hate mail for the author people He has been beset on all sides with genuinely curious and well meaning seekers of the god fearing sort and inundated with screaming lunatics telling him he'll burn in hell for his first book The Selfish Gene which by the way didn't really give a rat's ass about creationism or the people who support it It just laid out a very cogent theory that fit all the copious mountains of data in biology And yet after that point a Mr Dawkins who professes not to want or need a PR team or lawyers decides to put his foot down and tackle the problem that has reared its muti angled head in his direction and DEFEND DarwinismHe does so beautifully I might add Every step of the way he defines the complaints with due diligence and proceeds to demolish them sonar producing batlike grace with light humor sharp intellect and sometimes he makes of his opponents an overzealous meal Can you blame him? Granted by this point it's only been a decade of Creationist hate Give it a decade or a decade and a half before we see a truly flame worthy attack from MrDawkins I'm looking forward to seeing some of it in his books I hope it's there and not just in his interviews which I still haven't seen AlasSeriously though this book is pretty wonderful for its lucid and uoteworthy passages and vivid descriptions of how Darwinism works from gene level to the kinds of time spans that can only be described as geological when it comes to real changes in evolution I particularly loved the fact that he used computer terminology to describe how our genes are nothing than complex computers I've heard this before of course but the way he laid it out was particularly enlighteningThis stuff is pretty damn great Just from the science viewpoint even leaving out the whole defense it's well worth reading and not nearly as acerbic or rabid as certain other mass produced troll attacks make him appear But then again I've only read one of his later books the The Magic of Reality How We Know What's Really True which was just a charming bi modal description of science versus magical thinking which also happened to gently draw people away from having to add that extra layer of explanation to reality I guess I'll see what the other books bring no?
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The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without DesignAcclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction 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 female gene that disposes towards finding long tails attractive A child born of a union between two individuals carrying these genes will be likely to have both of them Hence if it's male it'll have a long tail and if it's female it will prefer males with long tails If this combination becomes common long tailed males will have a larger and larger advantage in terms of being preferred by females Tails will lengthen until the practical downside being unable to fly avoid predators etc counterbalances the upside of efficiently attracting potential matesI read this and suddenly looked at supermodels in a new light God they're hot In fact if they were any hotter they'd be dead