Greatest Show on Earth

Greatest Show on Earth

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Richard Dawkins revolutionized our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion , which sold more than 1 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 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. Creationists object that the world is too elegant, too complex to have developed without an intelligent designer and that there is no evidence for Darwin's theory. Here Dawkins wields a devastating argument against such ignorance, sifting through rich layers of evidence to explain evolution. Though he exposes the absurdities of the Creationist argument along the way, his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 126 x 197 x 40mm | 380g
  • Free Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Export
  • 32-pages colour picture sections, plus B&W line drawings throughout text
  • 1439191999
  • 9781439191996
  • 124,765

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it's not dumbed down, but it's also not full of obscure references and jargon you won't understand. It's utterly engrossing, and definitely taught me many things I didn't know, even though I would consider myself to be both scientifically literate and pretty good with general knowledge. Dawkins uses his characteristic straight-forward approach, no-nonsense, all of his personal opinions clearly defined as such. If you're likely to be offended by criticism of Creationism or Intelligent Design, you'll be offended by this book ... but you should read it anyway (or perhaps especially). Overall this was a delight to read and was completely more
by Julia Smith
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