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)
Dr. Coyne sets out to convince the reader of evolution by natural selection, using evidence. He does so in the first few pages. And again and again in every chapter. That may seem like overkill, but there are people who are "willfully" ignorant, who put their fingers in their ears, and if if if they can be reached by reason and evidence, this book will do it. Some backward pre-scientific people, of course, can't be persuaded even by this mountain of evidence. Shame.
My only complaint is a pet peeve: the narrator mispronounces a few words, some of them rather important to the topic. For example, zoology and zoologist. Hey – if it were really pronounced "zoo-ology" there would have to be 3 o's, and not 2. It's "zo-ology" dammit.
Excellent work and presented well. Narrated in a logical and easy to understand manner. Interesting and very thoughtful presentation. I enjoyed listening to this topic.
Overall Why Evolution Is True is a well researched & accurate portrayal of how life on this planet developed. Some parts of the text were dry & a little over scientific. However, that is to be expected in a book on this topic. The audio version also lacked the ability to refer to the diagrams that were
frequently referenced in the reading. The narration of the book flowed well & I believe the author did a good job of presenting creationism & evolution.
What a primer o this amazing topic. Loved it. Evolution is a simple mechanism yet with such complex ramifications. Totally recommend.
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.
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.
Why Evolution is True has been in my wish list for a very long time. I wish I'd gotten it sooner. I watched Dr. Jerry Coyne's presentation in 2009 on YouTube, so I thought I knew what all the book had to offer.
I'm pleased to have been proven wrong. Dr. Coyne clearly shows how evolution is true as eloquently as any attorney proves a defendant guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. He also shows that accepting Darwinism as fact doesn't mean that we have to act like our other primate relatives. He also manages to do so in such a way as to make you not feel like you're reading (or listening to) a textbook.
As for Victor Bevine, he didn't come off as monotone, as many nonfiction narrators do. Again, I didn't once feel like I was listening to a textbook. While I was already convinced about the truth of evolution, I learned a lot and was engaged to the point of total absorption.
Young-Earth creationists (if they bother to read or listen to this book) will find themselves uncomfortable in the extreme. In-betweeners will most likely never bother questioning this scientific fact ever again.
I found Coyne's step by step analysis of evolution to be refreshing. His arguments are detailed, backed with evidence and addresses counterpoints often brought up. A nice short listen for those looking to actually understand evolution more deeply and understand the principles behind the theory.
Life long learner of all sorts of things.
This book lays out information in a sensible order. As one who has been in many debates regarding origins, I find the author`s approach to be sensible and easy to understand. It is not that evidence for evolution is scarce, it is a matter of understanding it where the challenge comes sometimes: this book makes it easy.
I highly recommend this book
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