Discusses the many types of evidence that make evolution as well established as any scientific fact. Yet it is not a polemic promoting atheism. J
This had been a book I'd gotten awhile back knowing I'd listen to it later.
And later came as I was watching the 1980s COSMOS again before the new version was aired and wanted to learn more about this aspect of the show. I am glad I got this book!
It is well written and very understandable to the non scientist who's curious about evolution. To me, it gave a fresh perspective of the time involved to make evolution happen. Something very hard to put ones mind around, time. A very, very long time.
My only gripe early on in the book was the reader referring to illustrations that appear in the printed version, I thought those could have been omitted from the audio version with no contextual loss at all, but as the book went on I came to overlook that to a degree, but it still was annoying to me.
I thought the reader was overall very good with this book.
This is a great book simply explaining evolution. It has a lot less "Religion Bashing" than I thought it would. Very little of that in fact. The good thing about that is that this would be a good listen (Gift) for the indoctrinated religious person who may have some hope of jumping on the evolution train. Come on it's a great ride! Dr. Coyne goes into GREAT detail for countless animal species which I found fascinating. Fascinating read highly recommended, especially for FOX News watchers. One nit-pick.... there are several illustrations that are referenced that the audio book reader cannot access. I wish Audible had them available for download too like on some other books.
Why Evolution is True has been in my wish list for a very long time. I wish I'd gotten it sooner. I watched Dr. Jerry Coyne's presentation in 2009 on YouTube, so I thought I knew what all the book had to offer.
I'm pleased to have been proven wrong. Dr. Coyne clearly shows how evolution is true as eloquently as any attorney proves a defendant guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. He also shows that accepting Darwinism as fact doesn't mean that we have to act like our other primate relatives. He also manages to do so in such a way as to make you not feel like you're reading (or listening to) a textbook.
As for Victor Bevine, he didn't come off as monotone, as many nonfiction narrators do. Again, I didn't once feel like I was listening to a textbook. While I was already convinced about the truth of evolution, I learned a lot and was engaged to the point of total absorption.
Young-Earth creationists (if they bother to read or listen to this book) will find themselves uncomfortable in the extreme. In-betweeners will most likely never bother questioning this scientific fact ever again.
I found Coyne's step by step analysis of evolution to be refreshing. His arguments are detailed, backed with evidence and addresses counterpoints often brought up. A nice short listen for those looking to actually understand evolution more deeply and understand the principles behind the theory.
Life long learner of all sorts of things.
This book lays out information in a sensible order. As one who has been in many debates regarding origins, I find the author`s approach to be sensible and easy to understand. It is not that evidence for evolution is scarce, it is a matter of understanding it where the challenge comes sometimes: this book makes it easy.
I highly recommend this book
This book has not gotten as much attention as some others, like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, but it's a sleeper. Whether you are new to the science of evolution or, like me, revisiting it, this is essential reading. Professor Coyne does a splendid job of making the information accessible without patronizing the reader. Honestly, I read this book at a time of great personal change and it had a profound effect on me. Anyone who was once religious may understand what I mean by that. This would be a great book to give to an evolution doubter. Only the willfully blind can come away from it not understanding why evolution is true.
Say something about yourself!
As a former scientist and philosophy student, I gravitate towards books like Dr. Coyne's. He is truly a talented writer! He excels at making a discussion of evolution accessible, without sounding as if he is writing for young children. He is both succinct and descriptive in each of his examples within topics, the end result is that this extremely complex subject is nicely summarized in a relatively short book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about evolution... or even for those of us who marvel in the beauty of the natural world and never get tired of hearing all about it.
Loved the science, and I thought the author should have let it speak for itself. Thought an inordinate amount of time spent on criticizing intelligent design, and found that to be distracting. The author's tone, which may have been exaggerated by the narrator's interpretation, is one of complete disdain for for those who believe otherwise, and makes him seem petty at times. I found myself wishing for an abridged version which eschewed the editorializing and kept to the science. Overall a very good book.
The book pits itself against Intelligent Design (ID). If you are a believer of ID, and you aren't interested in facts, then this book is very much not for you.
I haven't studied evolution since I was in high school some 30 years ago. I have always just accepted evolution as true and, frankly, simply scoffed at those that purport ID as some kind of equivalent theory. I understand the scientific method and give ID no credence. But, I was really interested in hearing about what had been discovered over the past 30 years and how evolution has, well, evolved.
I was not disappointed. This is a fantastic overview of evolutionary studies and evolutionary evidence. From the fossil records to mapping genomes to evolution in action to the social contributions to evolution, the author makes an overwhelming case for evolution as scientific fact.
How did the eye evolve? Where do whales come from? Why are some male birds brightly colored? Why is there so much missing information? Why are we convinced that evolution is fact when there is so much missing information? The author covers it all.
I just wanted the eduction on evolution. I got that. If you want to bolster your anti-ID argument, you will certainly get that. I will say this...I was blown away by the statistics regarding how many people don't believe that evolution is true and truly dismayed by the suggestion that this number is growing, not shrinking. The author discusses why some of these trends may be occurring, and, more frighteningly, describes what that means to us.
Well written. Well performed. My kids will listen to this book. I will recommend it to anyone and everyone that believes that science and logic are important.