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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.

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"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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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"

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Read it!!

I loved this book in every way. It is without a doubt the most informative book I have read on evolution. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to be educated on the fact of evolution.

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A Good Book

This book lives up to its title. It is a very compelling presentation explaining clearly why evolution is true. I grew up believing in intelligent design and have read stacks of books of their attempts at scientific reasoning. I can tell you for certain that Coyne represents the ideas preposed by ID very fairly. And when Coyne brings up a topic that he says ID has no explanation for, it's true; they don't. I also felt that Coyne did a good job of addressing the topic of why people don't want to believe in evolution. This is more than a crash course; its a good book.

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Informative and Interesting

This book is a very good lead into the evidence behind the theory of natural selection and evolution. If you don't know a lot about the science about evolution but are interested and want to know more, this is a great place to start. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Fantastically written book (narration can be bette

Would you consider the audio edition of Why Evolution Is True to be better than the print version?

No, print version still probably better as I did not have the accompanying PDF handy as I listened to check the referenced figures.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Evolution Is True?

The easy to understand and seamless description of the human fossil evidence

What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s performance?

Subpar Accent Imitation

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A book for anyone who believe in evolution, but simply wants to have a good complete picture of the various evidence that make it as close as it can be to a Scientific fact, than a theory (as the author spends a good bit of the first chapter explaining).

I can't recall ever doubting evolution myself; however, I always wondered what I will have to say if an instance ever comes where I need to highlight or describe why evolution is true.. well luckily I found this book and it is a fantastic source on this topic, explaining in detail the many aspects that prove evolution. These range from vestigial biological features (why is there evidence of leg bones in whales?), the genetic code record (how many proteins in different species can still be traced to common ancestral ones), and of course most convincingly: the fossil record!

Highly recommended

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Ok. This is a science book.

If the topic interests you then you will like it. My kids would not enjoy this book.

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An Instance of Beauty in Truth

The author presents the facts, clearly and articulately, such that, as suggested elsewhere, it would be nonsensical to withhold consent. Then Audible provides an audio book version which does justice to the author's work. And the audience is treated to a worthy combination of message and medium. Recommended.

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Very informative

This book in such a clear and precise way adds a lot of clarity to many devisive issues, with much sensitivity. I highly would recommend this book.

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very informative

any person, who is honest with themselves, and is open to understand the theory of natural selection. this book is a must read, or listen.

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Captivating!

Coyne tells a story so captivating you learn without even trying to keep your focus. A rarity in Audio books!