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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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The Greatest Show on Earth
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Great evolution primer
November 12th, 2014
Dawkins' excellent prose shines through again! He made me stop and put the book down in awe several times as he explained evolutionary concepts and how we know what we know. This is a great primer for anyone wondering how evolution works, and how we've learned about it. I would also highly recommend Jerry Coyne's "Why Evolution is True" - both are excellent!
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November 5th, 2013
If you are passing up this book because you think that you will not be able to follow the science, don't. This book is probably one of the most readable and enjoyable books about evolution out there. Highly recommended.
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