The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

The Greatest Show on Earth

By Richard Dawkins

  • Release Date: 2009-09-22
  • Genre: Life Sciences
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Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth.

"Intelligent Design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

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  • Great!

    5
    By iamlejined
    Richard Dawkins eloquently explains how evolution is a fact! Obviously backed by evidence. Great book for anyone to read even if you have no existing knowledge on the science of evolution.
  • The greatest show on earth

    4
    By Twamm
    For someone who has already read all previous books by Richard Dawkins, this book is good but not mind blowing. For someone less familiar with science and evolution, this book is a very readable summary of all the main lines of evidence that support Darwinian evolution. Richard Dawkins is a great writer and explainer. After reading a few of his books about evolution, you will see grandeur in life everywhere, and the whole world will be more comprehensible.

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