The Blind Watchmaker Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design E–pub READ
Ations 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 book should be a reuired high reading A very very high recommendation 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 ou 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 gene Suppose there s a sex linked male gene that disposes towards long tails and a sex linked female gene that disposes towards finding long tails attractive A child born of a union between two individuals carrying these genes will be likely to have both of them Hence if it s male it ll have a 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 good 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 course he turned out to be accurate than he must have wished for This must be the most of all Dawkins books but I do not want to 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 scientific grounding 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 have 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 grew 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 gould 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 eah small victory but somethingchokengtitiktitikchokengs there s a great great 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 got tired of it after a while but I had to keep going because I had to read it for a class He comes up with many different argumentstheories for how evolutionnatural selection 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 actio. Ich demonstrates that evolution by natural selection the unconscious automatic blind et essentially non random process discovered by Darwin is the only answer to the biggest uestion of all why do we exist. ,
Ng an entertaining book of popular science what I got was an elouent subtle and powerful book which managed in a just a couple weeks of long walks to completely transform my understanding of animal behavior This book The Blind Watchmaker also listened to in a few long walks is not of the same caliber But it is uite good Well if it were written by almost anybody except Dawkins himself I would say it was very good but I know the heights he can reach I know close to nothing about his advocacy of atheism and frankly I don t much care but I think the public has a rare treasure in Dawkins what other popular biology writer can compare Dawkins is to an almost remarkable extent as much a philosopher as a scientist This book as well as his first is jammed full of thought experiments Dawkins simply can t get enough of them This emphasis on philosophical argumentation allows him so to speak to take the reader inside the logic of Darwinism as well as inside the fuzzy logic of Darwinism s opponents He doesn t simply tell the reader things biologists think like a reporter sending dispatches from the front lines but tries to get the layreader to understand exactly why biologists think what they do As a result his books can actually be a bit dense and exhausting but the patient reader is amply rewarded with a deepened understanding The main reason that this book wasn t as enjoyable as his first was that Dawkins spends an awful lot of time book wasn t as enjoyable as his first was that Dawkins spends an awful lot of time with contemporary controversies This was I believe a time of the famed Darwin Wars when Gould and his followers had highly publicized debates with team Dawkins Apparently reporters were very eager to report anything even slightly critical of Darwinian theory whether it be from taxonomists paleontologists or priests so Dawkins was forced to spend a lot of time on material that to today s reader may be of limited interest For example Dawkins becomes almost pedantic in his chapter on punctuated euilibrium as he argues again and again that Gould is not a true saltationist but only a modified gradualist Having read Gould I was personally interested in this but I would understand if others were not Perhaps I was not the book s target audience as I needed no convincing that Darwinian evolution is both a well supported and a powerful theory Nonetheless Dawkins did manage to clear up some of evolution s finer point for me I was particularly excited when not to take too much credit Dawkins confirmed a suspicion that I had expressed a few New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families years back when I was learning about human evolution I was actually in Kenya studying with the Leakeys who being the Leakeys had plastic casts of several dozen important hominin fossils in their lab As my anatomy teacher enjoyed pointing out the vast majority of hominin fossils for any given species can fit inside a shoebox Most of the fossils are distorted broken or otherwise fragmentary Yet from these scant remains paleoanthropologists expend tremendous energy arguing about the hominin family tree Is this skull cap Homo erectus or Homo habilis Is this thigh bone from an early homo or a late autralopithecus Somewhat exasperated by all this ambiguity about what appeared to me to be a matter of words I got an idea what if the idea of species itself breaks down in an evolutionary timescale After all if we believe that species change via gradual selection one to another it follows that there must be individuals intermediate between any two given hominin species and further individuals intermediate between the intermediates and so on Eureka Well it turns out Dawkins as well as many other probably had the very same idea long before it appears that convergent evolution is even prevalent among memes than genes As a side note if one believes like Gould in punctuated euilibrium then species would still be valid in an evolutionary timescale Perhaps this is why the paleoanthropologists are still arguing I got sidetracked back to the book Speaking of sidetracked Dawkins is the master of the interesting aside and the lengthy digression and even impressively he always manages to tie his asides and digressions neatly back into the main theme under discussion Well I m afraid I don t have very much to say other than this ifou find Cashing the Chip (Shelter, yourself with a supply of long walks and need an audiobook as accompanimentou might as well download Dawkins s crisp dry whispery voice and deepen Tutoring Dallas your understanding of the flora and fauna aroundou whether it be this book or if The Life And Adventures of John Nicol Mariner you want a real treat his first 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 adapt. Written in the last hundredears 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. I should explain the point the watchmaker A SMALL ROCKIf ou
re walking along in the countryside and ou across a rockwalking along in the countryside and Göttliches Vermächtnis König der Welten 1 you come across a rock don t say well where the 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 haveou seen this rock Description roughly three inches by four by three last seen in the Dorchester area undistinctive 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 ou saw a beautiful gold watch on our walk in the countryside ou would say LO A WATCH I DEDUCE THAT a watch I deduce that 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 ou not been paying attention have Reinventing the CFO How Financial Managers Can Transform Their Roles and Add Greater Value you been giggling and passing notes in the back row again EVOLUTION OF THE SEMICOLONWhat happened is that gradually over many billions ofears language formed inconceivably slowly for instance it took ten million Violin Fingering It's Theory and Practice Da Capo Press music reprint series 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 ofears for the Blond to evolve into the Blind ou 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 ourselfAll 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 the while we ve got all the foundations for life without Int A rather well written book I like the writing style of Pr Dawkins It was not as challenging as Selfish gene But I guess its complexity is pretty relevant to the level of articulation many have However it was a great 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 good it was I was expecti. 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.