The Greatest Show on Earth
By Richard Dawkins
- Release Date: 2009-09-22
- Genre: Life Sciences
The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 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. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.
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I think the book explains very beautiful science. It really show how incredible our universe with easy to comprehend language as well as elegant writing.
Alas, throughout the book he invests too much energy emphasizing why religion is wrong.
I'm a long time science lover, yet only recently have I become lustful enough of the actual knowledge to seek it out. In that quest for information this book has sparked my imagination like no other. It will not be the only Dawkins I read.
A Very Good Introduction to a Sometimes Difficult Subject
For someone without a science background, this book can be a little difficult at times. However, Dawkins's anecdotes and wry tone make this an engaging read. He generally steers clear of creationist arguments, though he does mention and demolish some of them throughout the book.
One caveat: I read parts of this book on my phone. There were a number of pictures (which were very good), and they were difficult to navigate at times. I didn't have this problem on my tablet, though, so if you're going to buy an electronic copy, I'd make sure that you had an iPad or it's equivalent, or just buy it in print.
This book is great for those who are looking for facts that support evolution. It's quite thorough and maybe a bit overwhelming for the average person out there. But if you have the time to pare, this book won't disappoint you. You will be well informed.
The greatest book on evolution.
Dawkins keen intellect and rapier wit come through once again. His passion for facts and evolution make a compelling case for Darwinism. Young earth advocates will not like the information presented, though may understand his fervor for his beliefs. As a scientists, this book helped clarify my understanding of a topic I not well schooled in (till now!). If I taught college science of any discipline, this would be required reading.
Really? Many of us that believe GOD created all also believe GOD gave us the ability to survive and therefor to evolve! It seems to me all the GOD bashers are the ones without an open mind! Personally I think believing that SOMETHING came out of absolute NOTHINGNESS and that a NONLIVING thing suddenly PRODUCES a LIVING thing is just as silly,crazy,dumb, and idiotic as many say, thinking GOD created all by saying "let there be.....", is!
I bought this book on CD to listen to on the way to see my sister in Denver (1000 mi trip for me). I was so impressed with the way the book was presented and the flow of the material that I had to buy the book outright. This is a fascinating read and a must for anyone interested in how the world we see evolved. All science fields support the information in this book. I was a little, shall we say, put off by Dawson's obvious frustration with religious dogma, but I can certainly understand his position. The case for evolution is unshakeable, and pretty obvious to anyone with an open mind. How one deals with the religious aspect of the concept is a personal decision for all. But to deny the process of evolution is just ridiculous. As for me, my faith is still strong and unshaken. The miracle of life is the only way to experience the universe. I recommend this book to all.
Title is the best description
The title of this book is truly represents the main subject matter that it covers. I read this book as an atheist so in that regard he was preaching to the choir. I have read several of Dawkin's other books and have not been disappointed, however, this one clearly shows the wonderful worldview that awaits one upon abandoning the parochial shackles of one based on religious dogma. The truth is so much better than fiction when it comes to life on Earth and this book explains, in Dawkin's characteristic tone of wonderment, how exactly life came about and then evolved into conscious beings. It is well written, eloquent, and awe-inspiring. Filled with examples Dawkins takes us on a wonderful journey that shows the incredible history of life itself. To me there is no greater show on earth.
A Must Read
I can see creationist wanting to ban this book, if any one with the slittiest open mind reads this, they will finish the book with their mind wide open. Dawkins does a beautiful job of showing how all of nature comes together pointing at only on thing, evolution.
Great book supporting a claim using fantastic evidence
This book is not written to be read by those who are not educated. It is however, not written expressly for a professional scientist. Therefore I am in a great position to read this book.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a fantastic support to the scientific theory of evolution. Dawkins provides many different kinds of evidence for evolution and clears up many misunderstandings that creationists may have. One of which being the mechanics which make radioactive dating accurate.
Being only in 9th grade biology, I learned an amazing amount of information from this book. I learned how domestication takes place more effectively in genes than in training and conditioning. I learned the evolutionary paths of many species we see today. Most importantly however, I learned how radioactive dating works.
I now have many, many studies and experiments to use as examples against creationists in debates.
I have gotten half way through this book and already I have learned so much, and I can use so much of what I learned. I look forward to reading the next half. Buy this book, you won't be dissapointed.
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