With crackling prose and a punchy attitude, this modern classic of popular science is never dull, always engages, and always gives little shoves to the mind of the reader (in an encouraging, sporty way). Makes a decent argument for changing the point of view when trying to understand creatures, whether individuals, or groups (briefly described at the end of this book, and taken up in his later 'Extended Phenotype').
This is a must-read for anyone interested in evolution or the big questions. Dawkins is writing for the public- you don't have to be a scientist to understand the text. His writing is surprisingly engaging as are the metaphors he uses to illustrate his arguments. Highly recommended. Now that I've finished the book I am going to turn it over and start again- I want to be able to discuss what I've learned.
Dear Buckwild -- The ignorant attempt to covince people that superstition is "truth." --- Um, excuse me, creationism is not science. It is veiled religion, pushed into the faces of the gullible by dishonest hucksters.
I am looking forward to learning from The Selfish Gene.
To suggest a brilliant man like Dawkins feared a psuedo intellectual like Hovind is asinine, to say the least. Then to suggest that Dawkins is telling you a lie...please. Take your God loving ignorance back to the bronze age where it belongs.
To all you seekers of truth. I have a suggestion. Read Richard Dawkins and then Christopher Hitchens. Following that, read Henry Morris, Kent Hovind and maybe Antony Flew. Try not to laugh or sneer. It's impolite. Then see if you can't easily tell the difference between science and mythology. I have never heard Dr. Dawkins or Mr. Hovind debate, but I very seriously doubt that Dr. Dawkins feared him in any way especially in light of the fact that Mr. Hovind has no scientific training or study of any kind and is currently serving a ten year prison sentence for financial crimes.
Although 30 years old, the book is still very relevant and valid in its presentation of data on the evolution of live forms. At places the reading is fairly dry and technical, but if you have the interest, you will continue to plow through it. Dawkins is one of the fore-running scientists that support the evolution-based approach to the existence of all lives. He writes well and convincingly. We need more scientists like him who speak out and inform us of fact-based truth, as an alternative to ignorance-based religion of any form.
Eye opener for any layperson. If you have any questions, confusion, or doubts about evolution, read this book for sure. If you like it, I highly recommend "The Greatest Show on Earth" by the same author.
My dad explains me this book every day and it's super interesting
A refreshingly accessible read that dispatches a lot of the myths around the theory of evolution. Allows for a better understanding of some important principles and theories in biology. I still don't like you Dawkins, but well done.
a landmark in the development of evolutionary thought.
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