The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

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A zoologist/author...defends Darwin with passion and elegance, but fails to wholly persuade.


Despite the theory’s age, The Blind Watchmaker is as prescient and timely 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 selection: the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered―has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. “Dawkins has done more than anyone else now writing to make evolutionary biology comprehensible and acceptable to a general audience.” ―John Maynard Smith“As readable and vigorous a defense of Darwinism as has been published since 1859.” ―The Economist

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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 newest book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence.
Published January 1, 1986 by Longman. 345 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction
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A zoologist/author...defends Darwin with passion and elegance, but fails to wholly persuade.

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Reviewed by Erin Britton on Dec 28 2008

...he is an exceptional thinker but also a great communicator who, with The Blind Watchmaker, makes evolution and its impact on science in general understandable and fascinating to the average interested reader.

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Reviewed by Rena Sherwood on Jul 17 2010

“The Blind Watchmaker” suffers from taking such a large amount of time to debate some critics of the day. These arguments can sometimes go off of the topic.

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