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Mr. Bridge lR my daughterearns about evolution she Akenfield ll have toearn from me a social scientist and by no means an authority nonetheless a college classroom if professor asks if anyone s heard of darwin her answer will be a resounding yeah small victory but somethingchokengtitiktitikchokengs there s a great great BBC documentary on Galapagos highly worth checking out Dawkins is one of my top picks for the most articulate engaging and proficient scientists I ve read to date The Blind Watchmaker turned out to be a very prolific piece I was baffled by his The Case of the Philosophers Ring by Dr. John H. Watson logical analogies most excellent examples and extremely engaging vernacular In this work oneearns much about the evolutionary adaptations of numerous species of which the sonar technology of baths dolphins and other mammals seemed most shockingHis reasoning of what constitutes miracles probability theory and reasoning behind the drawback of the Lamark s theory of acuired characteristics is exceptionally enticing The book should be a reuired high school reading A very very high recommendation Dawkins Connecting with Horses loves explaining evolutionary theory and this is one of his best books My favourite bit is the section onong tailed birds peacocks etc From the point of view of simple utility they are rather baffling What use could you possibly have for that Several Strangers long stupid tailBut as Dawkins keeps reminding us it s not about survival of the species or even of the individual but rather of the gene Suppose there s a sexinked male gene
that disposes towards Lillian Toos Little Book Of Feng Shui long tails and a sexinked female gene that disposes towards finding ong tails attractive A disposes towards ong tails and a sex inked female gene that disposes towards finding ong tails attractive A born of a union between two individuals carrying these genes will be Toffees night noises likely to have both of them Hence if it s male itl have a Flawed (The Butcher, long tail and if it s female it will prefer males withong tails If this combination becomes common ong tailed males will have "A Larger And Larger Advantage In Terms "larger and arger advantage in terms being preferred by females Tails will Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins lengthen until the practical downside being unable to fly avoid predators etc counterbalances the upside of efficiently attracting potential matesI read this and suddenlyooked at supermodels in a new Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, light God they re hot In fact if they were any hotter they d be dead A rather well written book Iike the writing style of Pr Dawkins It was not as challenging as Selfish gene But I guess its complexity is pretty relevant to the Pages From Bee Journal level of articulation many have However it was a great read and made me think about the topic This book was okay but since I already am convinced evolution occurs by natural selection I feltike he was not preaching to the choir but trying to convince the choir Of course I got tired of it after a while but I had to keep going because I had to read it for a class He comes up with many different argumentstheories for how evolutionnatural selection could occur many of which are interesting but I would just rather read a science book rather than a philosophical book on evolution For instance I recommend The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner which shows how scientists study evolution and natural selection in action. On the unconscious automatic blind yet essentially non random process discovered by Darwin is the only answer to the biggest uestion of all why do we exi.
read The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without DesignI should explain the point about the watchmaker A SMALL ROCKIf you re walking along in the countryside and you come across a rock you don t say well where the hell did that come from and who made it It s a rock No one cares There s no notices stuck on trees or printed in ocal free newspapers anywhere saying have you seen this rock Description roughly three inches by four by thre It is a good
thing that Dawkins himself takes the trouble to think about which chapters of his books will be of vanishing interest inthat Dawkins himself takes the trouble to think about which chapters of his books will be of vanishing interest in near future Of course he turned out to be accurate than he must have wished for This must be the most boring of all Dawkins books but I do not want to give up on him till I read The Extended Phenotype which just might prove to be the best scientifically of all his works With whole chapters devoted to the driest taxonomy problems and to disproving outdated theories the book was a massive waste of time once I went past the mildly interesting first half But it still provides an opportunity to use Dawkins own method of caricature based argument to paint a caricature of his own positions in The God Delusion based on his own vitriolic stands in this book I will try to examine in detail how Dawkins has betrayed his own principles of scientific grounding and rational rigorousness in The God Delusion by using arguments and structures from this book in the review Hopefully that will happen by tomorrow Two summers ago I did myself the favor of reading The Selfish Gene Well I didn t uite read it rather
"i istened to "listened to and his wife Lalla War The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design Richard Dawkins The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design is a 1986 book by Richard Dawkins in which the author presents an explanation of and argument for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection 2014 1388 383 1389 9789645676757 1389 20 1390 394 9789640476932 1389 As the title s extension spells out this is a definitive as of 87 rebuttal against all comers in favor of Darwinism but don t et my saying so prove it Read it for yourselfAll his arguments are crystal clear but he takes extra time to caricature the caricature of Darwinists pointing out exactly how the ad absurdum argument really works while also elucidating the fine points of what Darwinism IS versus what it is NOTHe steps us through the first third of the book showing us how Selection works from an energy standpoint a competition standpoint and a sexual standpoint from the basic building blocks of proteins to and complex forms of DNA and the combo cells that collect all the wonderful multicellular creations including bacteria that eventually wind up creating us The descriptions are uite beautiful and clear and all the while we ve got all the foundations for Lots of Mommies life without Intelligent Design The argument is simple of course If we can explain everything and I mean everything that isife and physics then what purpose does adding a superfluous ayer to the explanation serveThis is ten years worth of hate Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the ast hundred years The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introductio. .
Ail for the author people He HAS BEEN BESET ON ALL SIDES been beset on all sides genuinely curious and well meaning seekers of the god fearing sort and inundated with screaming Fantasy Man lunatics telling him hel burn in hell for his first book The Selfish Gene which by the way didn t really give a rat s ass about creationism or the people who support it It just aid out a very cogent theory that fit all the copious mountains of data in biology And yet after that point a Mr Dawkins who professes not
to want or need a PR team or awyers decides to putwant or need a PR team or awyers decides to put foot down and tackle the problem that has reared its muti angled head in his direction and DEFEND DarwinismHe does so beautifully I might add Every step of the way he defines the complaints with due diligence and proceeds to demolish them sonar producing batlike grace with ight humor sharp intellect and sometimes he makes of his opponents an overzealous meal Can you blame him Granted by this point it s only been a decade of Creationist hate Give it a decade or a decade and a half before we see a truly flame worthy attack from MrDawkins I m Divine Magnetic Lands looking forward to seeing some of it in his books I hope it s there and not just in his interviews which I still haven t seen AlasSeriously though this book is pretty wonderful for itsucid and uoteworthy passages and vivid descriptions of how Darwinism works from gene Frog and the Treasure level to the kinds of time spans that can only be described as geological when it comes to real changes in evolution I particularlyoved the fact that he used computer terminology to describe how our genes are nothing than complex
Computers I Ve Heard ThisI ve heard this of course but the way he The Butterfly Club laid it out was particularly enlighteningThis stuff is pretty damn great Just from the science viewpoint eveneaving out the whole defense it s well worth reading and not nearly as acerbic or rabid as certain other mass produced troll attacks make him appear But then again I ve only read one of his Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors later books the The Magic of Reality How We Know What s Really True which was just a charming bi modal description of science versus magical thinking which also happened to gently draw people away from having to add that extraayer of explanation to reality I guess I His Substitute Bride (Seavers Brides, ll see what the other books bring no wow and double wow i read this through and turned back to p1 to read it again blind watchmaker has been amazingly influential in the way i think about just about everything the world existenceife forms physics down to the micro myself and my craft it s sent chills down my spine made me euphoric and angry the first for finally addressing uestions that have Tu Alma ¿La Conoces? long been in my mind but receive no echo in society as i ve known it the second for the willful repression of information andarge scale institutionalized dumb down that is the public school system i grew up in it makes me want to cry to think that i didn t J.M. Coetzee learn about evolution until i already had a master s degree i amearning now though Feminization and Chastity Training for the Sissy Husband (The League of Dominant Women largely through dawkins stephen j gould and others who ve been able to bring the complexities of this subject to theaypeople still angry that whateve. N to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selecti. ,