read this book if you want a baseline understanding of how to talk about evolution conversationally. The sequence of chapters is masterfully dealt with, beginning with basic principles that are difficult to dispute, before going down the "primrose path" (Dawkins' own words) to more nuanced evidence. I have a feeling anyone devoutly religious will just throw the book across the room after the 3rd or 4th jeer. it's not that it's inaccurate or difficult to read, it's that i don't know who it's for. This book is great for anyone who is interested in evolution or is just looking to get a deeper understanding of it like I did! Coyne's book is a little more difficult of a read, but is also shorter and more succinct. but don't give it to someone who needs a full conversion, they will likely stop reading when they're treated like imbeciles. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Knowing Richard Dawkin's resume', there's no question that he has a refined knowledge in the biological science spectrum. I have a feeling anyone devoutly religious will just throw the book across the room after the 3rd or 4th jeer. The greatest showman on earth 295 Rivalry The onslaughts of Simon Cowell’s embittered enemies, and the incessant … His latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution … It … You almost get a whole new perspective and appreciation for nature while reading it. -- Neil Shubin, author of "Your Inner Fish""Unambiguous, beautifully argued, with prose like quicksilver. And I didn't really know anything about evolution. Entertaining. Add to Cart Other Sellers on Amazon Add to Cart $15.10 + $3.99 shipping Sold by: RAREWAVES … Whilst there probably isn’t any supernatural force/god/mystical being rolling dice to decide our future, we live in a mind blowingly wonderful place that it extremely rare (if not unique in our galaxy) and Dawkins argues a very strong case for ways in which we can live together much more successfully! Unable to add item to List. Give it a shot, and if your appetite for more information on this subject grows, check out Dawkins other great books or Coyne's book I mentioned. This influences a lot of the style of the book, in some ways positively in other ways negatively. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Quite outstanding in every respect. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. In interpolated Gallup results, a surprising 44 percent of Americans believe that "God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so", which is basically the denial of evolution . i also found it uncouth that he frequently cites his own books as evidence. ", "--Nature""Up until now, Richard Dawkins has said everything interesting that there is to say about evolution -- with one exception. The Greatest Show on Earth: Behind the microphone at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo The new book by the narrator and 'Voice of the Tattoo' Alasdair Hutton. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. -- "The Sunday Telegraph""This is a magnificent book of wonderstanding: Richard Dawkins combines an artist's wonder at the virtuosity of nature with a scientist's understanding of how it comes to be.'' I truly felt that it was invaluable and one of the best books I've read. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. This shopping feature will continue to load items. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2020. A great book. Despite the numerous and perhaps sometimes even gratuitous (didn't bother me, i'm a novice) examples, the author excels at much more than biology, ecology, and ethology. This takes time, and so the chapters and sections within the chapters can get a bit long, but never dull. The author also considers evolution critics and their objections, even some that are ostensibly ridiculous. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It is about evolution and defends it against creationist arguments that claim that the theory of evolution is unproven. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. 米国では40%の人が進化論を信じていないという。 それに対して、縦横無尽の科学的事例を挙げて進化論を説いて行く。その事例がまた、好奇心を掻き立てられる。 科学書がページ・ターナーというのも珍しいが、毎日本を開くのが楽しかった。生物の進化の話なので、身近な事例、良く知っている動植物等が引用されているので、それも理解を深めてくれる。, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2018. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, 9780552775243, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. anyone who has a foundational knowledge of evolution may find themselves bored by a bunch of facts they already know without many new examples or experiments and those who don't may find themselves insulted. ", this book is definitely for you. He firmly accepts Evolution not as just a theory but something that time and again can be proven as fact, which is exactly how many other people feel. The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The only problem I have with the book is that I am a younger reader (16) and I find some of the words worthy of frequent dictionary visits and some of the metaphors and expressions hard to grasp, so it is a bit difficult for a younger reader who will have to get their heads around some difficult uses of speech but apart from this, I would recommend this book highly! In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Dawkins emerges like a prize-fighter, knocking out of the ring all objections. To my mind, presenting compelling arguments for rational thought and encouraging us, as humans, to take control and responsibility for ourselves. Deal with it. Of course, that tree is a more distant cousin than those birds over there. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2019. The only problem I have with the book is that I am a younger reader (16) and I find some of the words worthy of frequent dictionary visits and some of the metaphors and expressions hard to grasp, so it is a bit difficult for a younger reader who will have to get their heads around some difficult uses of speech but apart from this, I would recommend this book highly! You are listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is a superbly written book, richly illustrated with stunning examples straight out of the natural world and earth's complicated history. One of the best books I've ever read! I felt like this was one of the most important books I've read and the information in here is just truly amazing. Great read, but Dawkins gives in to his anti-religion stance a bit too often, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2013. -- Jerry Coyne, author of "Why Evolution Is True""With characteristic flair and passion, Dawkins has put on a stunning exhibition of the evidence for evolution. This book is great for anyone who is interested in evolution or is just looking to get a deeper understanding of it like I did! But if you are genuinely curious and really don't know anything and wonder "why are monkeys still here? This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. With James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde. We are in 1999, the SHOW is going on right now… just look through that window. Well written and illustrated and as hard to put down as a gripping novel. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2018. But the entire ladder myth is deeply misconceived and un-evolutionary, as I shall now show. This book answered many of the questions that I had about evolution and biology such as: why and how are dogs tame? Richard Dawkins … It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Other than risking dogma, I think that it would be appropriate to state that nobody who wishes to pass an opinion to others regarding evolution should be allowed to do so without reading this book first. Buy The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution 1st by Richard Dawkins (ISBN: 8601404463730) from Amazon's Book Store. Something went wrong. Including YOUR species, which managed to figure out the show using science. The author convincingly builds on his premise (i.e. Thought provoking and stimulating. Please try your request again later. Please try your request again later. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 20, 2020. Discolouration present. This book answered many of the questions that I had about evolution and biology such as: why and how are dogs tame? There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. By … If (as Dawkins states in the introduction) this book is written so that readers can lend the book to anyone who believes in creationism to rationally explain why they're wrong, then the jokes about how ridiculous religion is seems to be a weird way to go about it. The Greatest Show on Earth comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. Dawkings offers some great explantions of some difficult concepts within evolution and expounds on the more simple ones. Dawkins seems to spend a lot of time on each section, really trying to explain things for the person that doesn't know anything. I couldn't agree more. Why are male birds usually more interesting to look at with a multitude of colours, feathers and patterns opposed to the females dull Brown's and greys? In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts … In "The Greatest Show on Earth", he fills this gap, brilliantly describing the multifarious and massive evidence for evolution -- evidence that gives the lie to the notion that evolution is 'only a theory.' Maybe if you've understood evolution for years, you'd be bored by this. This influences a lot of the style of the book, in some ways positively in other ways negatively. It's as fascinating as it is challenging (. This latest addition to the Dawkins canon is his summary of the vast array of evidence supporting the science. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts … An engaging, elegantly written book that does precisely as its title says! Great read, but Dawkins gives in to his anti-religion stance a bit too often, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2013. Title The Greatest Show on Earth Author Richard DawkinsPublisher Bantam Price £20 Imagine you are a history teacher who is forced to give equal time to the theory that the Holocaust … All living things are your distant cousins, Dawkins shouts sitting on evidence. 1-Click ordering is not available for this item. Dawkin's has a well-rounded knowledge in anthropology, chemistry, embryology, etc, and a talent for explaining as well. "Dawkins gathers up the weight of evidence into a huge lump and hurls it at us from the highest heights his rhetoric can scale...his grandness of vision still dazzles." It is hard not to marvel at Richard … Please try again. From a non-religious side, I find the pokes just as irritating, since I already know Dawkins' stance on religion and would rather read about the evidence! 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