Greatest show on earth

Greatest show on earth

the evidence for evolution

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Sifting through rich layers of scientific evidence, Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument."
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio 20090901
ISBN: 9780743579278
0743579275
Branch Call Number: CD 576.8 DAW
Additional Contributors: Ward, Lalla

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ryner
Jan 27, 2017

In this very readable primer on evolution, Dawkins lays out in detail the overwhelming diverse, bountiful and frequently astounding genetic, biological, physiological and geological evidence pointing to its veracity. Highly recommended -- science is real. And awesome.

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rswcove
Dec 28, 2015

This is possibly my favorite science book. This books, clearly and lucidly explains what we know about evolution, how we know it, why we know it is fact and not fable, and how anyone can confirm this for themselves through the evidence all around them. This book is a book I will be giving as reading material for budding young would be biologists. This book is thought provoking and much more genuinely friendly than Dawkins' preceding book: The God Delusion. This is worth the read.

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Sherif_TSA
Dec 28, 2015

After reading Richard Dawkin's "The greatest show on Earth" which is tremendously an amazing book if you want to know so many facts about the evolution, and in which it is a fact itself...
and after slightly understanding so many (and not everything) of the scientific theories mentioned in the book, not to mention decoding Richard's English (thank you Google translator), and no wonder it is one of the greatest books I will ever read in my life.
However, although he himself is an atheist biologist who subsequently, tries to prove that everything went through natural selection starting point zero...I surprisingly couldn't find any intense and undebatable contradiction with the probability that a super complex intentional calculated initiation has occurred by a sort of any super natural force/entity/God, before point zero.
so whether you are a believer in God or not, the book will satisfy your thirst for facts and true scientific recordings, never the less, showing you, romantically, the beauty of the world.

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rationallady
Apr 22, 2015

I've read most of Richard Dawkin's books. My favorite is "The Ancestor's Tale." This book is a great review with lots of new, interesting material too. It is amazing to me that so many intelligent people willfully choose to be ignorant of science.

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naturalist
Nov 13, 2014

To "buckwild" et al, to learn the real reason for Richard Dawkins . . . "Why I won't debate creationists" see: . . . http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/119-why-i-won-39-t-debate-creationists
and . . .
“What is it about evolution theory that Albertans don't get? – However you describe it -- distinct, peculiar, or stubborn -- it's undeniable: Albertans possess a unique propensity for bucking national trends.”
by The Calgary Herald August 12, 2008
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=7cfcfff3-286a-4f29-9e81-e70951b54e4c
Let’s hope the stats have improved since 2008.

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thesciencegeek13
Sep 01, 2014

I agree with buckwild, although I do not know much about Hovind. Look into the Answers in Genesis website. Also, read _The Greatest Hoax On Earth? Refuting Dawkins On Evolution_ by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati. To Ron@Ottawa, "Fact and science based discussions presented here are convincing and logical." Excuse me what exactly do you mean by "logical"? Or more importantly how can logic exist in an evolutionary worldview?

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pianoisthebest1314
Aug 31, 2014

Dawkin's book, while thought provoking, did not provide me with the kind of evidence needed to prove evolution, that is, macro-evolution. I believe at the beginning of the book Dawkins said, ''Evolution is a fact, and this book will demonstrate it. No reputable scientists denies this...'' Right there Dawkins commits the no true Scotsman fallacy when he used the word ''reputable'' to refer to a scientist, but I could equally well say, ''Actually, no reputable scientist accepts evolution.'' Keep in mind that I would never actually say this but I just wanted to express the absurdity in his claim. I highly recommend _In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose To Believe in Creation_ edited by Dr. John F. Ashton and also _The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate_ by Dr. Jason Lisle.

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errington
Jun 16, 2014

Already convinced about the power of evolution, I was disappointed by Dawkins's book. It didn't "seduce" me, which is the word he uses when telling us that he intends one of the early chapters as a "seduction of the mind," a seduction, one guesses, that will lead the reader to a complete surrender to Dawkins's argument.

For evolution to become more acceptable to many of us --- such as the 44% of Americans (presumably fundamentalist Christians) or the 50+% of Turks (presumably fundamentalist Muslims) whom Dawkins cites as not caring for the idea that humans are continuous with all the other forms of life on this planet, some other presentation might help. I'm not sure what!

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JustinRay
Dec 19, 2013

The overwhelming evidence for evolution is clearly laid out scientifically, but easy enough for a layperson to understand. Specifically, this book answers a lot of creationist objections, like the supposed lack of a missing link. Essential reading - I liked it so much, I bought my own copy.

reasontakesme Aug 04, 2013

This book is a heritage to us all, teaching us invaluable knowledge about evolution that we all should have learned in school. Evolution provides the most beautiful and complex narrative for our coming into the world that exists. It's a shame some people this about faith or religion. Dawkins discusses faith and religion in this book only because too often otherwise thoughtful people let it get in the way of understanding the true beauty and grandeur of reality. Plain and simple evolution is our best understanding for our biological heritage and the biological origin of species. This book is important and elegant.

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