The Blind Watchmaker
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
"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.
- August 2006
- 5.6 × 8.3 in
/ 496 pages
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Endorsements & Reviews
“As readable and vigorous a defense of Darwinism as has been published since 1859.” — The Economist
“Dawkins has done more than anyone else now writing to make evolutionary biology comprehensible and acceptable to a general audience.” — John Maynard Smith
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