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The Greatest Show on Earth Audiobook

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Publisher's Summary

In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.

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.

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©2009 Richard Dawkins; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "FANTASTIC!!!"

    This book is one of his greats. This was my second time through and I learned even more this time around.

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    Az1gad 06-12-17
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    Dawkins is informative, and brilliant per usual. Should inspire anyone of sound mind to accept the truth of evolution.

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    Amazon Customer 06-04-17
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    "A delightful survey of the evidence for evolution."

    This book allows both unarmed atheists and questioning believers to see the overwhelming and undeniable evidence for evolution by natural selection.

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    Jonathan 03-05-17
    Jonathan 03-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for evolutionary biology students."

    This book provides a coherent and detailed account of evolutionary theory, making it a great choice for interested undergraduates.

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    PommuPommu 03-04-17
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    "I wish..."

    This book would be put on the required reading list at all the schools. Not only it provides fascinating facts about evolution it also convinces with incredibly well structured arguments. I learned so much about all the lives on earth and earth itself.

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    "So good I'm about to listen for the 2nd time..."

    This is the single best resource I've encountered for truly understanding how several different scientific disciplines contribute to evolutionary theory as a whole. Be warned: this is a data bomb. You are going to be hit with a ton of info, but it's so well presented that it didn't seem overwhelming. I can't wait to listen again!

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    I believe Mr. Dawkins to be one of the many brilliant scientists of our time: eloquent, instructive, and rigorous. What a shame that such great minds have to be wasted on societies that can't even come to accept basic scientific models for the biodiversity of life. In the future, evolution deniers will reside in history with flat-earthers, Geocentrics, and witch hunters. For now, the imperative to teach Science, respect it as an institution, and defend precious resources that fund its important research are at risk. The recent strain of fact-resistant humans poses a serious risk to our human civilization's ability to keep moving forward: there is a strong need of serious social pressures to remove the government funding of anti-scientific organizations like those of the Creation Museum in America. We need people to learn science for the intent of combatting ignorance like a disease that will hurt all of is. Eventually, we would do well to apologize to professor Dawkins some years from now when Creationism has gone to the wayside: apologize for wasting his talents on such thankless and backwards societies.

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    David F. Kyte Detroit 11-02-16
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    "Great insights into evolution"

    Great insights into the facts of evolution, told well, lots of interesting things to learn about

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    Bill 09-27-16
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    "Want some anti-religious fervor in your day?"

    A bit over the top for its anti-religious fervor while trying to present some real science. Just give me the science and keep your brand of intolerance off the written page please. And yes, Horatio, the science is amazing and likely correct.

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    "This book might just change how you see the wold"
    What did you love best about The Greatest Show on Earth?

    It was an incredible explanation of evolution with facts to support it. I found myself in awe at some of the information provided in this book, wondering why I hadn't read this book sooner. More than anything else, it helped me regain a wonder in the natural world.


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    While some may disagree, I felt that Dawkin's performance was very good in this audiobook. I was a touch put off by the back-and-forth between Dawkins and Ward, but it didn't seriously impact my enjoyment of listening to the audiobook. Richard Dawkins has a clever way of explaining complex topics so that they make sense to the layperson.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter on the Lenski experiment was incredible. I was riveted by the presentation of this information and it gave me a better understanding of natural selection.


    Any additional comments?

    Richard Dawkins writes this book in a way that appeals to those interested in science, while gearing some statements towards what he calls "history deniers." This slant may be unpalatable for some. That said, it's obvious that Dawkins has extreme reverence for the natural world and the beauty that has developed over a tremendous amount of time. I'd recommend this book to anyone seeking additional, evidence-based information on evolution.

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