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Read online The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Charles Darwin s masterpiece i On the Origin of Species i shook society to its core on publication in Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely 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 .

In i The Greatest Show on Earth i Richard Dawkins takes on creationists including followers of Intelligent Design and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast iron case from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects the time clocks of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics All of this and much more bears witness to the truth of evolution .

i The Greatest Show on Earth i comes at a critical time systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before especially in America In Britain and elsewhere in the world teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation Written with elegance wit and passion it is hard hitting absorbing and totally convincing by Richard Dawkins

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution, The Selfish Gene, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, The God Delusion, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder, The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene, A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love, Climbing Mount Improbable
The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely one might believe its current shape and function must be the product of design How could such an intricate object have come about by chance Tackling this subject in writing that the New York Times called a masterpiece Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on earth The metaphor of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly designed complexity of living things Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain s passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins s eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the teeming populations of figs the intricate silken world of spiders and the evolution of wings on the bodies of flightless animals And through it all runs the thread of DNA the molecule of life responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time i Climbing Mount Improbable i is a book of great impact and skill written by the most prominent Darwinian of our age, People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals known as survival of the fittest with the individual representing the unit of selection Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his highly acclaimed The Selfish Gene He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms We can then view changes in phenotypes the end products of genes like eye color or leaf shape which are usually considered to increase the fitness of an individual as serving the evolutionary interests of genes br br Dawkins makes a convincing case that considering one s body personality and environment as a field of combat in a kind of arms race between genes fighting to express themselves on a strand of DNA can clarify and extend the idea of survival of the fittest This influential and controversial book illuminates the complex world of genetics in an engaging lively manner, i The Selfish Gene th Anniversary Edition with a new Introduction by the Author i br br Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from Darwin Watson and Crick Richard Dawkins forced an enormous change in the way we see ourselves and the world with the publication of The Selfish Gene Suppose instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves as we had since Mendel s work was rediscovered we turn it around and imagine that our genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years and we haven t thought of evolution in the same way since br Why are there miles and miles of unused DNA within each of our bodies Why should a bee give up its own chance to reproduce to help raise her sisters and brothers With a prophet s clarity Dawkins told us the answers from the perspective of molecules competing for limited space and resources to produce more of their own kind Drawing fascinating examples from every field of biology he paved the way for a serious re evaluation of evolution He also introduced the concept of self reproducing ideas or memes which seemingly use humans exclusively for their propagation If we are puppets he says at least we can try to understand our strings Rob Lightner, b The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and best selling author Richard Dawkins b br br br br Richard Dawkins s essays are an enthusiastic testament to the power of rigorous scientific examination and they span many different corners of his personal and professional life He revisits the meme the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work i The Selfish Gene i He makes moving tributes to friends and colleagues including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams he shares correspondence with the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould and he visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African wildlife preserve He concludes the essays with a vivid note to his ten year old daughter reminding her to remain curious to ask questions and to live the examined life