The Blind Watchmaker

The Blind Watchmaker

Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals A Universe Without Design

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The Blind Watchmaker is the seminal text for understanding evolution today. In the eighteenth century, theologian William Paley developed a famous metaphor for creationism: that of the skilled watchmaker. In The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins crafts an elegant riposte to show that the complex process of Darwinian natural selection is unconscious and automatic. If natural selection can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is a blind one--working without foresight or purpose.In an eloquent, uniquely persuasive account of the theory of natural selection, Dawkins illustrates how simple organisms slowly change over time to create a world of enormous complexity, diversity, and beauty.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: New edition.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780393351491
0393351491
Branch Call Number: 576.8 DAWKINS 2015
Characteristics: xxi, 466 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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AaronAardvark1940
Dec 05, 2017

Carefully constructed and clearly written, this is practically a primer on evolutionary biology. None of Dawkins' strident atheism appears in this 30-year-old book, despite his argument against creationism.

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1aa
Jan 21, 2016

The polemic tone that Dawkins is so good at mars the latter parts of the latter chapters. In the early chapters, where computer generated biomorphs are utilized to help explain evolution, the computer-related parts are not well explained, even in the appendix.
The robust prose, though, is always energetic, refreshing, and infects the reader with the author's enthusiasm.

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binational
Aug 02, 2012

I am a Dawkins fan, but this one is insufferably boring, unless you are the kind of nerd that enjoys endless pages of computer-drawn squiggles meant to simulate natural selection. YAWN. Read The Greatest Show on Earth instead. Same subject matter, but excellent prose instead of computer squigglies.

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