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The Blind Watchmaker By Richard Dawkins,

  • Title: The Blind Watchmaker
  • Author: Richard Dawkins
  • ISBN: 9780393304480
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Blind Watchmaker is the best general account of evolution I have read in recent years It is deep enough to be useful to biologists, yet sufficiently simple and well written very well written, in fact to appeal to the same large audience that enjoyed The Selfish Gene Edward O Wilson
    The Blind Watchmaker The Blind Watchmaker is the best general account of evolution I have read in recent years It is deep enough to be useful to biologists yet sufficiently simple and well written very well written in f

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. The Bishop goes on to the human eye, asking rhetorically, and with the implication that there is no answer, How could an organ so complex evolve This is not an argument, it is simply an affirmation of incredulity.

    3. 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 gen [...]

    4. 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 t [...]

    5. 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 explanation of, and argument for, the theory of evolution by means of natural selection 2014 1388 383 1389 9789645676757 1389 20 1390 394 9789640476932 1389 20

    6. 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 wo [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 G [...]

    10. This book was okay, but since I already am convinced evolution occurs by natural selection, I felt like he was not preaching to the choir, but trying to convince the choir Of course, I got tired of it after a while but I had to keep going, because I had to read it for a class He comes up with many different arguments theories for how evolution natural selection could occur, many of which are interesting, but I would just rather read a science book rather than a philosophical book on evolution Fo [...]

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    12. Dawkins is one of my top picks for the most articulate, engaging and proficient scientists I ve read to date The Blind Watchmaker turned out to be a very prolific piece I was baffled by his logical analogies, most excellent examples and extremely engaging vernacular In this work, one learns much about the evolutionary adaptations of numerous species, of which the sonar technology of baths, dolphins and other mammals seemed most shocking.His reasoning of what constitutes miracles, probability the [...]

    13. Having thoroughly enjoyed Dawkins outstanding The Selfish Gene, my initial impression of The Blind Watchmaker was a bit of a letdown Dawkins wrote the book to counter creationist thinking, but for a firm believer in Darwinian evolution, his lengthy arguments were unnecessary However, if Dawkins converted any creationists, I would consider the book a great success With that said, there were a number of things I did like Below are some items that caught my attention.Darwin s concept of gradual evo [...]

    14. At the time, this was a tough book for me to read Considering the way I was raised in a heavily religious atmosphere it was hard for me to accept the theory of evolution However, Dawkins very clearly lays out the theory in a way that anyone can understand if they are willing to open their mind just a little and put in just a little effort It might be hard to accept but its even harder to dispute Reality is like that I think everyone should be required to read this book.

    15. Some parts of the book are quite intriguing while a few chapters carry some ponderousness, leaving me in a bewilderment of what Dawkins intends to convey.Just put aside the evolutionary theory and natural selection and find something amusing In the female birds preference for a long tail section, it seems the female birds were in a dominant position in choosing what kind of male birds she likes, be they long tails or short tails This reminds me of a hilarious essay of James Thurber which he wrot [...]

    16. This book is a nail in the coffin of creationism.It develops the darvinian theory of evolution,change and selection,but at a deep level than the original Darwins theory,the deeper level of molecular biology and molecular genetics,subjects this unknown in the Darwins time as the quantum electrodinamics was unknown in the Maxwells time but explains at a deeper level the electromagnetic fenomenology.The first chapters explains the incredible aparition of wonderful organs as the human eye as a lon [...]

    17. Enchantingly beautiful fiction, 23 Mar 2007 Musings of a fideist a materialistic fideist Richard Dawkins has a breathtaking gift for expressive, catchy writing His handling of illustration and narrative flow like silk Yet he reminds me of an eloquent 19th century clergyman His persistent dedication to the high altar of gradualistic explanation, however incredibly improbable, stretches credulity to breaking point Take for example his extraordinary leap on p.134, para 1, where self replicating RNA [...]

    18. The Blind Watchmaker is probably one of the best introductory books on evolution.Dawkins takes his time, explaining step by step how Darwinian evolution works.Dawkins explains at great length, how species that look like a complex design evolve with accumulating small changes via natural selection, why natural selection is blind ie it lacks purpose, how random mutations combined with non random natural selection is necessary for evolution to take place, and why a complex design does not necessari [...]

    19. This book was a real eye opener for me I couldn t understood what the evolution was and was finding it non sense When they say the nature designed this creature like this , it gave them wings etc etc I was thinking how non sense this is that the nature designed them, it is not possible, the nature is not a smart thing to do that But, I was all wrong.Because, the nature doesn t have to be smart to design such creatures It even doesn t need to design They don t emerges by luck or chance but from n [...]

    20. I have only ever read one other Dawkins book before, The God Delusion, and really didn t like the style or attitude of the writing, so was not completely looking forward to this one.The primary aim of the book is to look at all the evidence and theories that make up the Darwinian theory of evolution and natural selection He considers all the evidence from real life examples, in particular the eye, and buy using a computer program that he wrote, demonstrates how new variants of a species can evol [...]

    21. I suggest everyone interested in the origin of life and especially those who were born fundamentalist creationists, to read this book I would like to quote a paragraph from the book A physicist certainly doesn t need Darwinism in order to do physics He might think that biology is a trivial subject compared with physics It would follow from this that, in his opinion, Darwinism is of trivial importance to science But he could not sensibly conclude from this that it is therefore false Understanding [...]

    22. I enjoyed this book very much, despite the difficulty of reading the very small typeface Dawkins style is almost folksy, and not at all the arrogant, condescending style that some reviewers mention The first chapter, about echolocation in bats, is fascinating I also enjoyed reading about the different philosophies involved in taxonomy, the classification of species Some reviewers mention that Dawkins explanations are old hat , and that the computer simulations are primitive but they do need to k [...]

    23. This is the third book by Richard Dawkins I read and another winner The other two being The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene.Whereas The God Delusion is an angry book and The Selfish Gene a book of insight, The Blind Watchmaker is a book of calm and lucid explanation Dawkins explains Darwins theory of evolution in his trademark clear, witty and highly readable style He has the talent to break down complex concepts in understandable bits and often uses enlightening analogies to clarify his reaso [...]

    24. The good part Dawkins is a great writer His style is very conversational and the book very quotable His arguments follow a defined path but still manage to meander through welcome asides He uses metaphors and thought experiments well, most of the book was very easy to follow.And what arguments he makes The probability of miracles, potential precursors of RNA, the importance of gradual change His goal is to show that it s possible to explain the rise of complexity from a simple world and he spect [...]

    25. There was a lot of interesting items in the book, but it became a bit tedious at times I suppose since I did not need convincing on the validity of evolution, i was ready to move onto the next section, but Dawkins continued to expound the argument, way beyond what I felt was required Also it was very dated, the computer analogies were so out of date Many people would have no idea about computer tape, or the reference to it lying on the floor My feeling was that both genetics and computers are ad [...]

    26. Um excelente livro de divulga o cient fica, embora um pouco desactualizado, pois foi escrito em 1983.No entanto, deu me muito prazer ler este livro, j que me fez lembrar de muitas das coisas que dei no liceu e na faculdade, algumas estavam esquecidas, e foi bom relembr las Aconselho vivamente, a quem se interessa por ci ncia e sobre a vida, como que ela surgiu e como t m evolu do S o quest es sempre actuais e que nos levam a sentir pequeninos perante a imensid o do Universo.

    27. I don t agree with Dawkins much of the time I find his atheism as fanatical as the religions he criticises , but find him an intelligent and entertaining read He posits the other side of the coin to the argument for intelligent design Some very funny correspondence in the Guardian this month October 2005 , included one query that GWBush might be evidence against intelligent design.

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