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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design 



  • Richard Dawkins


  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton; reissue edition (September 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0393315703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.52 ounces


Book Description 

 "The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years."—E. O. Wilson. With a new introduction.

Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin’s brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection—the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered—is the blind watchmaker in nature.

About the Author(s)

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is the author of The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Devil’s Chaplain, and The Ancestor’s Tale.  


other people give this book 1 star, September 10, 2001

Hi, for the un-informed, I’d recommend a search of the phrase "Richard Dawkins" in, which should answer all questions asking if he is a scientist or not.

The book, is an excellent book. I am not an atheist. The reviews with "one" starts have one goal: To prevent you read this book. Because the review writers know – and fear – that people would understand the point of view of Dawkins.

"It is not science". "Evolution Theory is wrong".. These sentences, are nothing but dogmatic claims. Whole books have been written discussing what is science and what is not, and rather comprehensive books have been written to disprove evolution. But as an open-minded person, I’d suggest you to be informed abouth both approaches to the subject, before making an ill-informed judgement about the issue. Don’t listen to people who try to prevent you from reaching knowledge.

The book?
Oh, yes… It is excellent, I’m still amazed by his ability to deconstruct complex topics and discuss them in a simple way.