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luni, 28 septembrie 2009

[AudioBook] Richard Dawkins - The Greatest Show on Earth

Gratest Show

Richard Dawkins - The Greatest Show on Earth (Unabridged) < AudioBook > Summary:

Read By - Richard Dawkins & Lalla Ward
Random House Audiobooks | ISBN: 1846571758 | 14 Hours 34 Minutes | stereo 128kbps | 701 MB

Charles Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke, but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later.

Evolution is now accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In The Greatest Show on Earth, Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection.

Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution.

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. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.

01 - Preface
02 - Only a Theory
03 - Dogs, Cows and Cabbages
04 - The Primrose Path to Macro-Evolution
05 - Silence and Slow Time
06 - Before Our Very Eyes
07 - Missing Link, What Do You Mean Missing
08 - Missing Persons, Missing no Longer
09 - You Dit It Yourself in Nine Months
10 - The Ark of the Continents
11 - The Tree of Cousinship
12 - History Written All over Us
13 - Arms Races and Evolutionary Theodicy
14 - There Is Grandeur in This View of Life
15 - Appendix - The History-Deniers



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