The Blind Watchmaker

The Blind Watchmaker

Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals A Universe Without Design

Book - 2006
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Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection--the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered--has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker in nature.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2006
Edition: Reissued in new edition
ISBN: 9780393315707
0393315703
Characteristics: xxi, 468 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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AaronAardvark1940
Dec 05, 2017

Carefully constructed and clearly written, this is practically a primer on evolutionary biology. None of Dawkins' strident atheism appears in this 30-year-old book, despite his argument against creationism.

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Jan 21, 2016

The polemic tone that Dawkins is so good at mars the latter parts of the latter chapters. In the early chapters, where computer generated biomorphs are utilized to help explain evolution, the computer-related parts are not well explained, even in the appendix.
The robust prose, though, is always energetic, refreshing, and infects the reader with the author's enthusiasm.

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binational
Aug 02, 2012

I am a Dawkins fan, but this one is insufferably boring, unless you are the kind of nerd that enjoys endless pages of computer-drawn squiggles meant to simulate natural selection. YAWN. Read The Greatest Show on Earth instead. Same subject matter, but excellent prose instead of computer squigglies.

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