The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Evidence for Evolution

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In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.
In 1859 Charles Darwin's masterpiece, "On the Origin of Species," shook society to its core. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke. But he surely would have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. Now the author of the iconic work "The God Delusion" takes them to task.
"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." 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. Combining these elements and many more, he makes 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."
"The Greatest Show on Earth" comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is menacing as never before. In American schools, and in schools around the world, insidious attempts are made to undermine the status of science in the classroom. Dawkins wields a devastating argument against this ignorance, but his unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780743579285
0743579283
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file: 14 hr., 35 min., 52 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Ward, Lalla

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SeattleSaul
Oct 16, 2017

As a teacher of the Theory of Evolution, among other subjects, Dawkins stands out as one of the best, but for those of us who have already accepted the theory as fact, this book may seem tedious. I really doubt that those who have strong disbelief would read this in the first place or be convinced that it is true after finishing. So as the cliché goes, it is like “preaching to the choir”. I was amazed, however, that some 40% of people think that the world in only some 10,000 years old, which would necessarily put them into the “creationist” camp.
Alas, I simply could not drag myself through most of the book, and undoubtedly missed some interesting facts that the author brought up. But, if you are on the edge between evolution and creationism, this may be the book for you. If it fails to convince you of evolution’s veracity, at least you will have made the effort to understand what the other side is talking about.

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ryner
Jan 27, 2017

In this very readable primer on evolution, Dawkins lays out in detail the overwhelming diverse, bountiful and frequently astounding genetic, biological, physiological and geological evidence pointing to its veracity. Highly recommended -- science is real. And awesome.

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rswcove
Dec 28, 2015

This is possibly my favorite science book. This books, clearly and lucidly explains what we know about evolution, how we know it, why we know it is fact and not fable, and how anyone can confirm this for themselves through the evidence all around them. This book is a book I will be giving as reading material for budding young would be biologists. This book is thought provoking and much more genuinely friendly than Dawkins' preceding book: The God Delusion. This is worth the read.

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Sherif_TSA
Dec 28, 2015

After reading Richard Dawkin's "The greatest show on Earth" which is tremendously an amazing book if you want to know so many facts about the evolution, and in which it is a fact itself...
and after slightly understanding so many (and not everything) of the scientific theories mentioned in the book, not to mention decoding Richard's English (thank you Google translator), and no wonder it is one of the greatest books I will ever read in my life.
However, although he himself is an atheist biologist who subsequently, tries to prove that everything went through natural selection starting point zero...I surprisingly couldn't find any intense and undebatable contradiction with the probability that a super complex intentional calculated initiation has occurred by a sort of any super natural force/entity/God, before point zero.
so whether you are a believer in God or not, the book will satisfy your thirst for facts and true scientific recordings, never the less, showing you, romantically, the beauty of the world.

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rationallady
Apr 22, 2015

I've read most of Richard Dawkin's books. My favorite is "The Ancestor's Tale." This book is a great review with lots of new, interesting material too. It is amazing to me that so many intelligent people willfully choose to be ignorant of science.

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naturalist
Nov 13, 2014

To "buckwild" et al, to learn the real reason for Richard Dawkins . . . "Why I won't debate creationists" see: . . . http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/119-why-i-won-39-t-debate-creationists
and . . .
“What is it about evolution theory that Albertans don't get? – However you describe it -- distinct, peculiar, or stubborn -- it's undeniable: Albertans possess a unique propensity for bucking national trends.”
by The Calgary Herald August 12, 2008
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=7cfcfff3-286a-4f29-9e81-e70951b54e4c
Let’s hope the stats have improved since 2008.

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thesciencegeek13
Sep 01, 2014

I agree with buckwild, although I do not know much about Hovind. Look into the Answers in Genesis website. Also, read _The Greatest Hoax On Earth? Refuting Dawkins On Evolution_ by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati. To Ron@Ottawa, "Fact and science based discussions presented here are convincing and logical." Excuse me what exactly do you mean by "logical"? Or more importantly how can logic exist in an evolutionary worldview?

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pianoisthebest1314
Aug 31, 2014

Dawkin's book, while thought provoking, did not provide me with the kind of evidence needed to prove evolution, that is, macro-evolution. I believe at the beginning of the book Dawkins said, ''Evolution is a fact, and this book will demonstrate it. No reputable scientists denies this...'' Right there Dawkins commits the no true Scotsman fallacy when he used the word ''reputable'' to refer to a scientist, but I could equally well say, ''Actually, no reputable scientist accepts evolution.'' Keep in mind that I would never actually say this but I just wanted to express the absurdity in his claim. I highly recommend _In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose To Believe in Creation_ edited by Dr. John F. Ashton and also _The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate_ by Dr. Jason Lisle.

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errington
Jun 16, 2014

Already convinced about the power of evolution, I was disappointed by Dawkins's book. It didn't "seduce" me, which is the word he uses when telling us that he intends one of the early chapters as a "seduction of the mind," a seduction, one guesses, that will lead the reader to a complete surrender to Dawkins's argument.

For evolution to become more acceptable to many of us --- such as the 44% of Americans (presumably fundamentalist Christians) or the 50+% of Turks (presumably fundamentalist Muslims) whom Dawkins cites as not caring for the idea that humans are continuous with all the other forms of life on this planet, some other presentation might help. I'm not sure what!

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 19, 2012

Dawkins is one of the convincing forerunners is exposing the myth of religion, in any form, to the average person. Fact and science based discussions presented here are convincing and logical. His work, and similar work by the likes of Carl Sagan and others, should be compulsory reading in the class room. With 40% of the world's population still believing in a god-created world, we need more scientists like him to speak out and to share their knowledge and views with the average Joe, so we can all believe in evidence-back facts, and not man-made myths.

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