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I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian world-view happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence.
The title of this 1986 work, Dawkins's second book, refers to the Rev. William Paley's 1802 work, Natural Theology, which argued that just as finding a watch would lead you to conclude that a watchmaker must exist, the complexity of living organisms proves that a Creator exists.
Not so, says Dawkins: "All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way...it is the blind watchmaker".
Dawkins is a hard-core scientist: he doesn't just tell you what is so, he shows you how to find out for yourself. For this book, he wrote Biomorph, one of the first artificial life programs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In terms of science, this book is very exciting, and it does an awesome job explaining some really cool things to laypeople like me. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Marcell Horvath
Excellent copy, promptly delivered, god price. Too long-winded, this one, after the excellent God Delusion. Haven't finished it cos I get the idea, already! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan Hodgkinson
Even though Dawkins is blinkered and misses everything that spirituality has to offer he is still a great writer. Ok if you only want one point of view.Published 2 months ago by mr. mark f mawson
Makes complex subjects understandable, even fascinating. My third Dawkins book and possibly my favourite. I recommend it for any other 58-year-olds who still want to learn!Published 5 months ago by TheLateIan