The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without DesignAcclaimed As The Most Influential Work On Evolution Written In The Last Hundred Years, The Blind Watchmaker Offers An Inspiring And Accessible Introduction To One Of The Most Important Scientific Discoveries Of All Time A Brilliant And Controversial Book Which Demonstrates That Evolution By Natural Selection The Unconscious, Automatic, Blind Yet Essentially Non Random Process Discovered By Darwin Is The Only Answer To The Biggest Question Of All Why Do We Exist I 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 local free newspapers anywhere saying have you seen this rock Description roughly three inches by four by three last seen in the Dorchester area undistinctive grey colouring answers to the name of rock reward please call this number WE MISS YOU ROCK It s a rock ON THE OTHER HAND, A GOLD WATCHNow, if you saw a beautiful gold watch on your walk in the countryside, you would say lo a watch I deduce that someone has lost a watch and it is here also, I further deduce that there must be a God Richard Dawkins says that watches, or indeed anything complicated, do not infer the existence of a watchmaker Or, to use a different analogy, a book, which can be a complicated thing, does not infer the existence of an author You could say well, here s a book called The Blind Watchmaker and it says it s by Richard Dawkins, so we see that Richard Dawkins is the author and he wrote this book, but Richard Dawkins would say NO it doesn t, have you not been paying attention, have you been giggling and passing notes in the bac
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 explanat
Dawkins loves explaining evolutionary theory, and this is one of his best books My favourite bit is the section on long tailed birds peacocks, etc From the point of view of simple utility, they are rather baffling What use could you possibly have for that long, stupid tail But, 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 sex linked male gene that disposes towards long tails, and a sex linked female gene that disposes towards finding long tails attractive A child born of a union between two individuals carrying these genes will be likely to have both of them Hence, if it s male, it ll have a long tail, and if it s female it will prefer males with long tails If this combination becomes common, long tailed males will have a larger and larger advantage in terms of being preferred by females Tails will lengthen until the practical downside bei
It is a good thing that Dawkins himself takes the trouble to think about which chapters of his books will be of vanishing interest in the 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 rigorousnes
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 let my saying so prove it Read it for yourself.All 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 NOT.He 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 quite beautiful and clear and all the while, we ve got all the foundations for life without Intelligent Design The argument is simple, of course If we can explain everything, and I mean everything that is life and physics, then what purpose does adding a superfluous layer to the explanation serve This is ten years worth of hate mail for the author, people He
A rather well written book I like the writing style of Pr Dawkins It was not as challenging as Selfish gene But I guess its complexity is pretty relevant to the level of articulation many have However, it was a great read and made me think about the topic. . wow and double wow i read this through and turned back to p.1 to read it again blind watchmaker has been amazingly influential in the way i think about just about everything the world, existence, life 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 questions that have long been in my mind but receive no echo in society as i ve known it , the second for the willful repression of information and large 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 learn about evolution until i already had a master s degree i am learning now, though, largely through dawkins, stephen j gould and others who ve been able to bring the complexities of this subject to the laypeople still angry that whatever my daughter learns about evolution, she ll have to learn from me
Two summers ago, I did myself the favor of reading The Selfish Gene Well, I didn t quite read it rather, I listened to Dawkins and his wife, Lalla Ward, narrate the book, as I took long walks in the forest near my house Incidentally, I think Dawkins and, to a slightly lesser extent, Lalla has a magnificent voice it s a pleasure to hear him speak But that s a matter of taste what is not a matter of taste is the quality of that book Agree or disagree with Dawkins, one must admit that The Selfish Gene is a book of the finest quality Indeed, I must say that I wasn t quite prepared for how good it was I was expecting an entertaining book of popular science what I got was an eloquent, subtle, and powerful book which managed, in a just a couple weeks of long walks, to completely transform my understanding of animal behavior.This book, The Blind Watchmaker also listened to in a few long walks is not of the same caliber But it is quite good Well, if it were written by almost anybody except Dawkins himself, I would s
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