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)
Fascinating scientific discoveries and facts; filled to the brim with horrifyingly fallacious arguments. His hatred of people with differing points of view than him (especially creationists) was not only distracting, but led him to apply the worst logic I've ever heard anyone try to apply in a serious way: ad hominem, straw man, anecdotal, masked man, circular reasoning, equivocation, and pretty much every other fallacy you can think of. The field of evolutionary biology is diverse and filled with a vast number of differing points of view and Dawkins presented the evidence as if there was a single theory of evolution: his. Everyone who disagrees is not only wrong and stupid, but demented and wicked to the core (he really says this--countless times). He did a disservice to the field and to the thousands of evolutionary biologists doing real work collecting and analyzing data, compiling research, testing new and old theories. As a curious and eager to learn listener, I was not just disappointed, but angered by such a poor showing of logic, lack of objective scientific presentation, and just generally narrow view of the field. I expected better of him since he's so well known as an intellectual, but I cannot take him seriously after this book. So much for the spirit of science...
If you want an honest scientific presentation of contemporary evolutionary theories, this book is not for you.
If you want to rage against creationists and pretend Dawkins has finally come up with the one and only true and indisputable theory of evolution, have fun...
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!
The headline says it all. You won't be disappointed with this text. Its narrators are exquisite authorities and pleasant.
Dawkins eloquently destroys creationism while delivering a non-shallow introduction to the evidence of evolution. Every human should study their remarkable beginnings, and this book is an excellent way to do just that.
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