The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
The Evidence for Evolution

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Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth.

"Intelligent Design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.
 

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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.
 
Published September 18, 2009 by Free Press. 498 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Richard Dawkins draws from an abundance of scientific sources to explain evolution and condemn its doubters.

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If Thomas Henry Huxley was famously "Darwin's bulldog", then Richard Dawkins is probably best described as "Darwin's pit bull".

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Richard Dawkins presents the overwhelming evidence for evolution and natural selection.

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Natural selection is a theory that explains the fact of evolution and although some biologists offer modifications to the theory, or even different theories, they are all trying to explain adequately that fact: evolution.

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Dawkins points out, all living creatures are geographically distributed as they would be if evolution is a fact: If the flood story in Genesis is true, as 40% of Americans claim to believe, ‘[why] would all those marsupials, but no placentals at all, have migrated en masse from Mount Ararat to Au...

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The Independent

... Creationists believe evolution is true. They just don't believe it's evolution. In the most back-handed of testaments to the power of the idea of ...

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The Telegraph

Creationists point out the absence of the “crocoduck” – the transitional form between modern reptile and modern bird supposedly needed if evolution is true – but Dawkins retaliates with the “octopard”: the ancient shared ancestor, not the living intermediate, of octopus and leopard.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Topic: Condemning the rejection of evolution by an estimated 40 percent of Americans and growing numbers of Europeans, Dawkins summarizes the substantial evidence in support of Darwin's theory.

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California Literary Review

Because of the energy of cosmic radiation, some ordinary nitrogen, nitrogen 14, gains an electron and a neutrino and is thus changed to carbon 14 in the upper atmosphere.

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... One thing I noted often in the pages of The Greatest Show on Earth is that it is often difficult to .... A very well written review of Dawkins' book.

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