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.
"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)
I found this an interesting, thought provoking look at modern evolutionary thinking. It does do a good job of poo-pooing the right-wing "creationist" arguments as well. But the poo-pooing takes a back seat to the compelling old and new scientific arguments.
Might, Very informative and fairly entertaining.
Enjoyed for the research and examples of many evolutionary traits. Author uses too much space refuting "Intelligent Design" when it is obvious through his research.
I wanted to read about modern scientific approach regarding Darwin's theory. Author is just brilliant. My brain is totally convinced that evolution is true. My soul hates this fact!:).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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