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Blind Watchmaker : Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

Blind Watchmaker : Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design - 86 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393304480

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ISBN10: 0393304485
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Edition/Copyright: 86
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1986
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Blind Watchmaker : Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design - 86 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393304480

Richard Dawkins

ISBN13: 978-0393304480
ISBN10: 0393304485
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 86
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 1986
International: No
Summary

The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who made one of the most famous creationist arguments: Just as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery that put the lie to these arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process that Darwin discovered - has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Explaining the very improbable
Ch. 2. Good design
Ch. 3. Accumulating small change
Ch. 4. Making tracks through animal space
Ch. 5. The power and the archives
Ch. 6. Origins and miracles
Ch. 7. Constructive evolution
Ch. 8. Explosions and spirals
Ch. 9. Puncturing punctuationism
Ch. 10. The one true tree of life
Ch. 11. Doomed rivals

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