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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GOD is DEAD
God is dead and Richard Dawkins has killed him! I know this is presumptuous but I shall now refer to him as Sir Richard Dawkins - Godslayer! Excellent book.
One of the Greatest Evolution Books On Earth
If you really want to understand the broad-reaching implications of and evidence for evolution by natural selection, this is the book to start with. Lucidly written and read by Dawkins himself, with some accompaniment by Lalla Ward to break any possible monotony, The Greatest Show On Earth is as careful, thorough, and illuminating an account of the current state of evolutionary science as any lay reader could hope for.
Due to the current climate of irrational opposition to scientific evidence in our culture, this book spends a fair amount of text specifically refuting some of the anti-scientific claims of evolution deniers, but it maintains its focus on educating the reader in the science itself. The result is a book that is useful for those who would join in the fight to defend science education from its dogmatic opponents, but more importantly, a book that enlightens those who seek to further their understanding with a profound exploration of hard evidence from across all disciplines of the natural sciences.
America..please turn off the TV and read...
Without doubt the man the creationists love to hate. I've never understood why one would call it a theory, with the advent of the Genome project, the theory is now fact and Darwin would be proud - without doubt, one of the greatest, if not THE greatest person who ever lived. Without such vision, I perish to think how the world would be now, left to the superstitious sheep. Drop the god gaps, science is filling in the blanks, it's just a matter of time before we look back and say the supernatural is nothing more than infantile delusion. Regardless of what the god squadders say, they’re no gods just as there are no pink unicorns. We live in a closed natural system, not a supernatural one. Find the courage to drop your Bronze age beliefs and make a leap to the rational side. BUY AND READ THIS BOOK.