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 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 tailBut as Dawkins keeps reminding us it s not about survival of the species or even of the individual but rather of the ene Suppose there s a sex linked male ene that disposes towards long tails and a sex linked female ene that disposes towards finding long tails attractive A child born of a union between two individuals carrying these enes will be likely to have both of them Hence if it s male
ll have long tail and if it s female it will prefer males with long tails If this combination becomes common long tailed males will have a larger and larger advantage in terms of being preferred by females Tails will lengthen until the practical downside being unable to fly avoid predators etc counterbalances the upside of efficiently attracting potential matesI read this and suddenly looked at supermodels in a new light God they re hot In fact if they were any hotter they d be dead It is a ood 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 Tricycle (HISTOIRE) 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the best scientifically of all his works With whole chapters devoted to the driest taxonomy problems and to disproving outdated theories the book was a massive waste of time once I went past the mildly interesting first half But it still provides an opportunity to use Dawkins own method of caricature based argument to paint a caricature of his own positions in The God Delusion based on his own vitriolic stands in this book I will try to examine in detail how Dawkins has betrayed his own principles of scientificrounding and rational rigorousness in The God Delusion by using arguments and structures from this book in the review Hopefully that will happen by tomorrow wow and double wow i read this through and turned back to p1 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 uestions that my spine made me euphoric and angry the first for finally addressing uestions that 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 scale institutionalized dumb down that is the public school system i rew up in it makes me want to cry to think that i didn t learn about evolution until i already had a master s degree i am learning now though largely through dawkins stephen j ould and others who ve been able to bring the complexities of this subject to the laypeople still angry that whatever my daughter learns about evolution she ll have to learn from me a social scientist and by no means an authority nonetheless in a college classroom if her professor asks if anyone s heard of darwin her answer will be a resounding yeah small victory but somethingchokengtitiktitikchokengs there s a Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell greatreat BBC documentary on Galapagos highly worth checking out 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 Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts got tired of it after a while but I had to keepoing because I had to read it for a class He comes up with many different argumentstheories for how evolutionnatural selec. 30th Anniversary Edition Cover note Each copy of the anniversary edition of The Blind Watchmaker features a uniue biomorph No two covers are exactly alikeAcclaimed as the most influential work on evolution. ,it ll have
The while we ve Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind got all the foundations for life without Intelligent Design The argument is simple of course If we can explain everything and I mean everything that is life and physics then what purpose does adding a superfluous layer to the explanation serveThis is ten years worth of hate mail for the author people He has been beset on all sides withenuinely curious and well meaning seekers of the od fearing sort and inundated with screaming lunatics telling him he ll burn in hell for his first book The Selfish
Gene which by the way didn t really ive a rat swhich by the way didn t really Rudram in Tamil give a rat s about creationism or the people who support it It just laid out a very cogent theory that fit all the copious mountains of data in biology And yet after that point a Mr Dawkins who professes not to want or need a PR team or lawyers decides to put his foot down and tackle the problem that has reared its muti angled head in his direction and DEFEND DarwinismHe does so beautifully I might add Every step of the way he defines the complaints with due diligence and proceeds to demolish them sonar producing batlikerace with light humor sharp intellect and sometimes he makes of his opponents an overzealous meal Can you blame him Granted by this point it s only been a decade of Creationist hate Give it a decade or a decade and a half before we see a truly flame worthy attack from MrDawkins I m looking forward to seeing some of it in his books I hope it s there and not just in his interviews which I still haven t seen AlasSeriously though this book is pretty wonderful for its lucid and uoteworthy passages and vivid descriptions of how Darwinism works from ene level to the kinds of time spans that can only be described as eological when it comes to real changes in evolution I particularly loved the fact that he used computer terminology to describe how our KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! genes are nothing than complex computers I ve heard this before of course but the way he laid it out was particularly enlighteningThis stuff is pretty damnreat Just from the science viewpoint even leaving out the whole defense it s well worth reading leaving out the whole defense it s well worth reading not nearly as acerbic or rabid as certain other mass produced troll attacks make him appear But then again I ve only read one of his later books the The Magic of Reality How We Know What s Really True which was just a charming bi modal description of science versus magical thinking which also happened to ently draw
people away from having to add that extra layer of explanation to reality I uess I ll see whataway from having to add that extra layer of explanation to reality I uess I ll see what other books bring no A rather well written book I like the writing style of Pr Dawkins It was not as challenging as Selfish ene But I Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION guess its complexity is pretty relevant to the level of articulation many have However it was areat read and made me think about the topic Two summers ago I did myself the favor of reading The Selfish Gene Well I didn t uite 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 uality of that book Agree or disagree with Dawkins one must admit that The Selfish Gene is a book of the finest uality Indeed I must say that I wasn t uite prepared for how ood it was I was expecting an entertaining book of popular science what I ot was an elouent subtle and powerful book which ma 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 shockingHis reasoning of what constitutes miracles probability theory and reasoning behind the drawback of the Lamark s theory of acuired characteristics is exceptionally enticing The book should be a reuired high school reading A very very high recommendatio. Ich demonstrates that evolution by natural selection the unconscious automatic blind yet essentially non random process discovered by Darwin is the only answer to the biggest uestion of all why do we exist.
Richard Dawkins ✓ 1 FREE DOWNLOADTion could occur many of which are interesting but I would just rather read a science book rather than a philosophical book on evolution For instance I recommend The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner which shows how scientists study evolution and natural selection in action 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 wherere walking along in the countryside and you come across a rock you don t say well where 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 Mesagerul grey colouring answers to the name of rock reward please call this number WE MISS YOU ROCK It s a rock ON THE OTHER HAND A GOLD WATCHNow if you saw a beautifulold watch on your walk in the countryside you would say lo a watch I deduce that someone has lost a watch and it is here also I further deduce that there must be a God Richard Dawkins says that watches or indeed anything complicated do not infer the existence of a watchmaker Or to use a different analogy a book which can be a complicated thing does not infer the existence of an author You could say well here s a book called The Blind Watchmaker and it says it s by Richard Dawkins so we see that Richard Dawkins is the author and he wrote this book but Richard Dawkins would say NO it doesn t have you not been paying attention have you been iggling and
passing notes in the back row again EVOLUTION OF THE SEMICOLONWhat happened is THAT GRADUALLYnotes in the back row again EVOLUTION OF THE SEMICOLONWhat happened is THAT GRADUALLY MANY BILLIONS OF YEARS LANGUAGE FORMED gradually over many billions of years language formed slowly for instance it took ten million years for commas to evolve out of a full stop and another ten million for the exotic semi colon to evolve out of the comma So this book The Blind Watchmaker like all other books evolved slowly We have fossils to prove this They show the missing links We have for instance copies of the book which are called The Blond Watchmaker dating from the Devonian period it took several millions of years for the Blond to evolve into the Blind you see I read that Mexican paleontologists recently unearthed a copy called The Bland Watchmaker Going back further we find all sorts of evolutionary byways that because of natural selection died out eventually One manuscript from the late Pleistocene period which is currently on display at the University of East Anglia shows a strange hybrid between an early version of The Blind Watchmaker and Alice in Wonderland in which the famous teaparty scene features a pterodactyl a plesiosaur so very unlikely and a crazed archaeopteryx This unviable literary form did not survive as we know Natural selection although brutal from our limited human perspective explains the evolution of complex things RELIGION CANNOT EXPLAIN WHY TWILIGHT IS POPULARGod cannot explain why the book species Stephanie Myers and Dan Brown for instance proliferate wildly in many varied habitats whilst arguably beautiful forms like Henry James Proust and the Golden Tamarin dwindle to the point where human intervention from libraries and literary professors are the only thing keeping them from sinking into oblivion no God cannot explain this But Richard Dawkins also known as Science canSorry that should be Richard Dawkins 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 yourselfAll 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 NOTHe steps us through the first third of the book showing us how Selection works from an energy standpoint a competition standpoint and a sexual standpoint from the basic building blocks of proteins to and complex forms of DNA and the combo cells that collect all the wonderful multicellular creations including bacteria that eventually wind up creating us The descriptions are uite beautiful and clear and all. Written in the last hundred years The Blind Watchmaker offers an inspiring and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time A brilliant and controversial book wh. ,