The Greatest Show on Earth The Evidence for Evolution

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 8/24/2010
  • Publisher: Free Press

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Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his latest New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth. "Intelligent Design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory.

There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection."

His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

"This is the book Richard Dawkins needed to write and many need to read -- a comprehensive account of evolution that faces the difficulties and questions his critics have raised. In it he draws on his great ability to write about science in a way that is clear, absorbing, and vivid." - Lord Harries of Pentregarth (formerly Bishop Richard Harries)

"With characteristic flair and passion, Dawkins has put on a stunning exhibition of the evidence for evolution. In his own words, 'Evolution is a fact...and no unbiased reader will close the book doubting it.'" - Dr. Alice Roberts, biological anthropologist, author, and broadcaster

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Does exactly what it claims to do... May 23, 2011
An extremely helpful discussion of the topic by one of the best informed scientific students of evolution. This textbook serves to correct that perceived deficiency and presents Dawkins' account of the evidence. The textbook presents a great deal of information which can be used to persuade those in doubt toward understanding and accepting evolution as a part of our existence. I would recommend this textbook to people who don't think evolution happened to those who accept it and just want to expand on that knowledge.
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