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Why Evolution Is True | [Jerry A. Coyne]

Why Evolution Is True

Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact.

In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection. Even Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, while extolling the beauty of evolution and examining case studies, have not focused on the evidence itself. Yet the proof is vast, varied, and magnificent, drawn from many different fields of science. Scientists are observing species splitting into two and are finding more and more fossils capturing change in the past - dinosaurs that have sprouted feathers, fish that have grown limbs.

Why Evolution Is True weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the "indelible stamp" of the processes first proposed by Darwin. In crisp, lucid prose accessible to a wide audience, Why Evolution Is True dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms that this amazing process of change has been firmly established as a scientific truth.

NOTE: Some changes to the original text have been made with the author's approval.

©2009 Jerry A. Coyne; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"I once wrote that anybody who didn't believe in evolution must be stupid, insane or ignorant, and I was then careful to add that ignorance is no crime. I should now update my statement. Anybody who doesn't believe in evolution is stupid, insane, or hasn't read Jerry Coyne. I defy any reasonable person to read this marvellous book and still take seriously the 'breathtaking inanity' that is intelligent design 'theory' or its country cousin, young earth creationism." (Richard Dawkins)
"Coyne wonders what it would take to convince the apparently reasonable people who still deny evolution. A new Milton, perhaps, to justify evolution's ways in great poetry? Meanwhile, at a time...when good evolution books are rife, Coyne has given general readers one of the best." (Booklist)

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    Robin Chicago, IL, United States 08-08-10
    Robin Chicago, IL, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Enlightening and mesmerizing!"

    This is at the top of my list for books I've read or to which I've listened in the past few months. The author does a masterful job of explaining evolution, in terms of the science and its implications, in a way that is clear and non-technical without being overly simplified. I have reccommended it to many people, including my teenage daughter and my friends.

    The reader is superb, demonstrating a real or convincingly acted interest in and understanding of the material.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arun Lansdale, PA, USA 06-03-10
    Arun Lansdale, PA, USA 06-03-10
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    "Illuminating without being in your face"

    Narration: Very Good (it took me a while to get used to the narrator though)

    I have read/heard a few books on evolution - this is easily the best. It answered my questions on evolution with both solid theory and examples of the theory in action; you wont be dissapointed with this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya fribourgSwitzerland 05-02-10
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    "Great book!!!"

    I truly think this is a must read. I have recommended this book to all my friends. It is thought proving and very informative. I enjoyed the book as well as the narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    WILLIAM SPRING BRANCH, TX, United States 09-16-10
    WILLIAM SPRING BRANCH, TX, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding book focused more on evidence"

    This is an excellent book. The author does some of the typical creationist bashing, but mostly the book stays true to it's purpose, focusing on plainly and concisely laying out the evidence for evolution.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bennett south lyon, MI, United States 09-09-10
    Bennett south lyon, MI, United States 09-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent!"

    Jerry Coyne is a tremendous evolutionary scientist and truly a remarkable writer. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in science rather then dogma.

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    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 08-15-10
    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Re-enforces and gives depth to evolution"

    I enjoy listening to science non-fiction and have "read" several. I enjoyed this particularly because of the easy narration. The only down-side to some of the science non -fiction is inability to see the images from the book that are being referred to. I wish we could download those with the audio file to see on the ipod screen as it plays. That would be so great. On the text side, I have never doubted evolution and now have a deeper understanding of all the evidence in support. You would be bored if you are a scientist, but if you are a regular person interested in science more than the average person, you might like this too.

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    Johnnie57 08-12-10
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    "Good book - worth the read"

    Book is well written and well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is some overlap with Dawkins but since I am fascinated by this topic and what the research has been uncovering, I can't get enough. Would certainly read more from this author.

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    "Great Read for a layman interested in real science"

    The title should be "Why Evolution Is True, and why Intelligent Design is Creationism in Disguise"

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 05-06-14
    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Easy to understand explanation of Evolution"

    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.

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    Glenn NM, United States 03-19-14
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    "Excellent book simply explaining evolution."

    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.

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