Charles Darwin's masterpiece,
On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke, but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity.
In The Greatest Show on Earth, Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution.
The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.
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I’ve only just started listening to this book. I came from a couple of video clips of Dawkins against religion on YouTube to his books on iTunes. I never had the chance to study science and evolution; I was brought up strictly religious. As a child I believed in God because of fear and indoctrination. I have not been interested in being a follower of any religion whatsoever since I was about 11. But I have always had a tremendous fear of ‘God’ and ‘satan’ and ‘hell’. Dawkins to me is a hero - he is teaching me, showing me, the truth through facts and evidence. I know I will very soon be able to laugh at the fear he is helping to erase. Wow wow wow. This is the first review I’ve ever done but I really wanted to write it. I know it’s not just Dawkins that has written this so THANK YOU to all of you who are stepping up and showing people the truth. Wow.
This book needed to be made
One would have thought that in the year 2010 the arguement for whether evolution is true and a fact would have been over a long time ago. No other theory has taken this level of scrutiny and yet it still remains true 150 years later.
However the advancement of the internet has helped spread the disease of creationism and I.D and plant small seeds of doubt in the minds of the ignorant. This book needed to be made as a remedy and to launch a counter attack against the unanswered steam rollering of science going on