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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Richard Dawkins

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Title:The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Authors:Richard Dawkins
Info:Free Press (2009), Hardcover, 480 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:nonfiction, science, evolution, Darwinism, natural selection

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins (2009)

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Well written book...I enjoyed this book as it walks you through the concepts that most creationists fail to acknowledge or if they do, completely dismiss. Dawkins makes the argument simple by using common facts to get his point across but then takes the time to walk through much of the detail to back the points up. ( )
1 vote gopfolk | Feb 3, 2015 |
This should be used in all high school science classes. ( )
1 vote michael.d.dillon | Dec 22, 2014 |
Great book, almost too much for the those who only have a passing interest in evolution. If there are creationists who can read this book and still believe the world is 5000 years old, I do not know what to say.

One and a half thumbs up. ( )
1 vote branjohb | Sep 19, 2014 |
Dawkins carefully lays out the evidence that evolution is true. ( )
1 vote bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
The philosphy behind this book is nice but rather awkward: a biologist trying to bring up as much 'proofs' for evolution as possible to give other 'evolution believers' some solid ground when they find themselves in a discussion on the subject with 'non-believers' (creationists or believers of intelligent design). I do not believe Dawkins really achieves this goal, but that doesn't take away that the text is an elegant, well-written, amusing and often astounding bunch of stories and anecdotes on wonderful creatures, intelligent research and original chains of thought.

The word 'bunch' indicates the main downside of the book (in my opinion). It lacks some form of story grouping everything together, other than the simple sentence 'evolution is true'. The chapters are often arbitrarely chosen and some more summaries would be welcome. Sometimes Dawkins doesn't know when to stop telling a story, and other times he repeats the same phrase over and over again, but that hardly influences the reading pleasure. It might not 'convert' many non-believers, but it's an amusing read and offers a great view on the wonderful and amazing world we live in. ( )
1 vote Differenti | Jan 24, 2014 |
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This brings me to the intellectual flaw, or maybe it’s a fault just of tone, in Dawkins’s otherwise eloquent paean to evolution: he has let himself slip into being as dogmatic as his opponents. He has become the Savonarola of science, condemning the doubters of evolution as “history-­deniers” who are “worse than ignorant” and “deluded to the point of perversity.” This is not the language of science, or civility. Creationists insist evolution is only a theory, Dawkins that it’s only a fact. Neither claim is correct.
 
The Greatest Show on Earth is Dawkins on top form: unambiguous, beautifully argued, with prose flowing like quicksilver.
added by jlelliott | editNature, Lawrence D. Hurst (pay site) (Oct 1, 2009)
 
Though he looses a shock-and-awe flurry of evidentiary darts (natural selection, fossil records, molecular biology, and much more), he also mutes some of the shriller tendencies that have unhinged—or at least made hectoring and unlovely—his previous works. The result is a sweeping, wryly joyous case for rationality, empiricism, and no God on this green Earth.
added by Shortride | editThe Atlantic (Oct 1, 2009)
 
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Sifting through rich layers of scientific evidence, Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument."… (more)

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