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The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without DesignN to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selecti. 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

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The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design summary Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ç Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessibOn 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. Two summers ago I did myself the favor of reading The Selfish Gene Well I didn’t uite 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 uality of that book Agree or disagree with Dawkins one must admit that The Selfish Gene is a book of the finest uality Indeed I must say that I wasn’t uite prepared for how good it was I was expecting an entertaining book of popular science; what I got was an elouent 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 uite good Well if it were written by almost anybody except Dawkins himself I would say it was very good—but I know the heights he can reach I know close to nothing about his advocacy of atheism and frankly I don’t much care but I think the public has a rare treasure in Dawkins; what other popular biology writer can compare Dawkins is to an almost remarkable extent as much a philosopher as a scientist This book as well as his first is jammed full of thought experiments; Dawkins simply can’t get enough of them This emphasis on philosophical argumentation allows him so to speak to take the reader inside the logic of Darwinism as well as inside the fuzzy logic of Darwinism’s opponents He doesn’t simply tell the reader things biologists think—like a reporter sending dispatches from the front lines—but tries to get the layreader to understand exactly why biologists think what they do As a result his books can actually be a bit dense and exhausting; but the patient reader is amply rewarded with a deepened understanding The main reason that this book wasn’t as enjoyable as his first was that Dawkins spends an awful lot of time dealing with contemporary controversies This was I believe a time of the famed ‘Darwin Wars’ when Gould and his followers had highly publicized debates with team Dawkins Apparently reporters were very eager to report anything even slightly critical of Darwinian theory—whether it be from taxonomists paleontologists or priests—so Dawkins was forced to spend a lot of time on material that to today’s reader may be of limited interest For example Dawkins becomes almost pedantic in his chapter on punctuated euilibrium as he argues again and again that Gould is not a ‘true’ saltationist but only a modified gradualist Having read Gould I was personally interested in this; but I would understand if others were not Perhaps I was not the book’s target audience as I needed no convincing that Darwinian evolution is both a well supported and a powerful theory Nonetheless Dawkins did manage to clear up some of evolution’s finer point for me I was particularly excited when not to take too much credit Dawkins confirmed a suspicion that I had expressed a few years back when I was learning about human evolution I was actually in Kenya studying with the Leakeys who—being the Leakeys—had plastic casts of several dozen important hominin fossils in their lab As my anatomy teacher enjoyed pointing out the vast majority of hominin fossils for any given species can fit inside a shoebox Most of the fossils are distorted broken or otherwise fragmentary Yet from these scant remains paleoanthropologists expend tremendous energy arguing about the hominin family tree Is this skull cap Homo erectus or Homo habilis Is this thigh bone from an early homo or a late autralopithecus Somewhat exasperated by all this ambiguity—about what appeared to me to be a matter of words—I got an idea what if the idea of ‘species’ itself breaks down in an evolutionary timescale After all if we believe that species change via gradual selection one to another it follows that there must be individuals intermediate between any two given hominin species and further individuals intermediate between the intermediates—and so on Eureka Well it turns out Dawkins as well as many other probably had the very same idea long before; it appears that convergent evolution is even prevalent among memes than genes As a side note if one believes like Gould in punctuated euilibrium then ‘species’ would still be valid in an evolutionary timescale Perhaps this is why the paleoanthropologists are still arguing I got sidetracked—back to the book Speaking of sidetracked Dawkins is the master of the interesting aside and the lengthy digression; and even impressively he always manages to tie his asides and digressions neatly back into the main theme under discussion Well I’m afraid I don’t have very much to say other than this if you find yourself with a supply of long walks and need an audiobook as accompaniment you might as well download Dawkins’s crisp dry whispery voice and deepen your understanding of the flora and fauna around you—whether it be this book or if you want a real treat his first

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Acclaimed as the most influential work on evolution written in the last hundred years The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introductio. 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 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 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 being unable to fly avoid predators etc counterbalances the upside of efficiently attracting potential matesI read this and suddenly looked at supermodels in a new light God they're hot In fact if they were any hotter they'd be dead