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)
Spectacular! I had so many "ah ha" moments during this book as fairly difficult to understand subjects were explained to me with such eloquence and simplicity by Richard Dawkins that I could scarcely understand why my teachers in high school didn't tell me these things. This book really should be required reading for every high school student in the U.S. Loved it, absolute loved it!
I'm extremely picky about which audio books I download so they are all really good or I return them. This one stands apart. I could easily rank it in my top 5
Richard Lenski's experiment
The timbre of his voice and the refinement of the performance is "like wiping your ass with silk"
The degree of detail present in the narration was most interesting. This is one worth several listens due to the number of items worth remembering for future reference. I especially enjoyed hearing Dawkins and Ward doing the reading.
I have not heard any of their other performances, but their involvement would clearly influence me in favor of future purchases.
I wanted to hear it all at once, but it was too long for me to do so. Fortunately I finally had a long period of driving that enabled me to have more continuity. I did miss seeing the illustrations, but that is what happens with an audio book!
I am glad I added this one to my collection.
If you don't understand evolution then this explains in both great detail and at the same time simply how it works. There are so many that just deny what is in front of their eyes and replace it by various fairy stories. Remember even the Vatican accepts evolution!
Before I read this, I already believed in Evolution. But this book helped me understand with 100% conviction that there is no need to simply "believe". Evolution is a fact, not a "theory" or belief. As an average non-scientific person, you don't realize the numerous branches of science that all come together to confirm this. This book provides numerous fascinating examples of each, explaining not only THAT evolution works, but HOW it works. It is a shame that so many of us make it through basic science education without a similarly complete and thorough education in the driving force that has lead to the existence of every living thing on this planet.
Richard Dawkins does an excellent job of walking you through all the reasons why Evolution is no longer a theory, but actual fact. Evolution happened. There can be no other way to explain what is here on earth. If God does exist, then he is a programmer, not a sculptor or builder.
Science was never my forte, and this book proves it. The subject matter is very interesting, but I found that I needed to continually backtrack to understand the message. This book would be far easier to understand if I read the words, instead of trying to understand the content while driving. The readers, too, were the authors, and their voices and presentation just aren't professional enough.
I positively LOVED this book!! After reading it, so much made sense. I feel like I could take on a creationist and hold my own in a debate! Way to go Dawkins!!!
Before listening to this I had a very limited understanding of how natural selection works. I found this book fascinating and enlightening from start to end and now have a much better understanding of the basics of evolution and the evidence for it.
After listening to this I can't help thinking about what a miserable job my high school did of teaching evolution. The fact that I didn't even believe in it until I was an adult should give you an idea. Like with any creationist, my doubt in evolution was purely out of ignorance of what evolution actually is. If all the doubters of evolution read this book there wouldn't be many left over still clinging to the nonsense of creationism.
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