Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

ISBN-10: 0393315703

ISBN-13: 9780393315707

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Richard Dawkins

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"The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years."E. O. Wilson. With a new introduction. Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selectionthe unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discoveredis the blind watchmaker in nature.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Introduction to the 1996 edition
Preface
Explaining the very improbable
Good design
Accumulating small change
Making tracks through animal space
The power and the archives
Origins and miracles
Constructive evolution
Explosions and spirals
Puncturing punctuationism
The one true tree of life
Doomed rivals
Bibliography
Index
An Application for the Apple Macintosh Computer
Computer Programs and 'The Evolution of Evolvability'
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