In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would 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. Now the author of the iconic work The God Delusion takes them to task.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design", explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics. Combining these elements and many more, he makes 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."
The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts are made to undermine the status of science in the classroom. Dawkins wields a devastating argument against this ignorance, but his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.
©2009 Richard Dawkins; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
"If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up. Dawkins remains a superb translator of complex scientific concepts....he has a way of making the drollest details feel like a revelation." (Publishers Weekly)
It was an incredible explanation of evolution with facts to support it. I found myself in awe at some of the information provided in this book, wondering why I hadn't read this book sooner. More than anything else, it helped me regain a wonder in the natural world.
While some may disagree, I felt that Dawkin's performance was very good in this audiobook. I was a touch put off by the back-and-forth between Dawkins and Ward, but it didn't seriously impact my enjoyment of listening to the audiobook. Richard Dawkins has a clever way of explaining complex topics so that they make sense to the layperson.
The chapter on the Lenski experiment was incredible. I was riveted by the presentation of this information and it gave me a better understanding of natural selection.
Richard Dawkins writes this book in a way that appeals to those interested in science, while gearing some statements towards what he calls "history deniers." This slant may be unpalatable for some. That said, it's obvious that Dawkins has extreme reverence for the natural world and the beauty that has developed over a tremendous amount of time. I'd recommend this book to anyone seeking additional, evidence-based information on evolution.
Loved the science, various studies and incites. Dawkins sights. No doubt Dawkins is brilliant. The tenacity Dawkins invokes to reprimand Creationists consumes roughly a fourth of the run time and Dawkins referencing himself, maybe an eighth. By the end I wanted nothing to do with Dawkins. The science parts of the production was solid, informative, and interesting.
While maintaining the utmost scholastic integrity one comes to expect from him, Dawkins injects a respectable amount of comedy. For the umpteenth time he delivers loads of educational content, puts forth impenetrable arguments, and makes you laugh in every chapter. Not to mention Lala's voice is like warm milk before bed.
Dawkins is a master in explaining how life became what it is now and how it works.
Would recommend this book for everyone! It's a must to help us move out of the darkness & ignorance most are happy to live in.
Dawkins and Ward read this book as if they were performing a ballet, effortlessly passing the material to and fro.
The material itself is captivating and convincing, hitting hard as Dawkins always does. If knowledge be your aim, this book is for you.
Provides a good overview of major topics in the defense of evolutionary theory. Expects that many readers don't have a lot of prior knowledge on the subject and explains each concept in a way that's easy to follow. The book covers the reasons why the facts support the theory as well as why they point away from the alternate idea of direct supernatural design. Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward take turns reading throughout, and both of them are very pleasant and expressive narrators to listen to.
Yes, I really enjoyed this book. I blows me away that people do not believe in evolution. There is no way the Earth is 10,000 years old
Don't have one yet.
The discussion on DNA and specifically linking every living thing that has ever existed. Really cool.
This is the kind of book everyone should read or listen to.
It is very well written, the evidence is certainly there, and you could read this to make up your own mind.
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