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)
A must read for anyone with an open mind ready to learn scientific knowledge. This book should be a must resource in college! Ignorance and superstition have no room in a well educated and advance society.
Definitely among the top 5.
I don't know because Richard Dawkins is an expert on life evolution, and master uniquely all evolution fields (anatomy, genomics, etc.).
Yes, to me this book is superior to "the ancestor's tale"
The same title of the book would be the most appropriate for that.
Being Dawkins a confessed atheist, and putting away God from all the evolution process, I think Dawkins forget that there are many christians, like me, and possible from other religions, that believe in God and at the same time on the evolution. He seems to think that you are either a creationist or a "civilised" evolution person. Dawkins does not leave any open avenue for making compatible these two beliefs and he doesn't mention the figures of Theillard de Chardin, Denis Edwards, etc.
I'm amazed at how much evidence Dawkins provided for the proof of evolution. It is hard to believe that even in the 21st century about 40% of the citizens of the most industrialized Nation still believe the earth is 6,000 years old. Universities/schools aught to stay strong and teach the facts and evidence despite the push from fact deniers around the world. It is a long book but very interesting read. One of my favorites.
Dawson is a great author and writes about what seems like a simple subject, but is complex and and from point of view that when he wrote it was controversial even without the ignorance so widespread about the reality of Darwin's observation of reality.
Audiobooks are like games for readers.
I'm so glad Dawkins narrated his book. It really gives so much more character and power to his writings.
So much information. This book provides so many examples of and evidence for evolution from so many different perspectives. At times it can drag on a bit but that's why I love audible, I can get through a book in a week rather than 3 months.
Professor Dawkins has done it again. He presents the evidence for evolution in a cogent, accessible, and compelling way. Bravo!
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