The Greatest Show On Earth
Hey all! I just finished my signed copy of Richard Dawkin's new book, The Greatest Show On Earth, which outlines the evidence for the theory of evolution. And uuuhh, it was actually pretty good. The two main reasons I didn't like The God Delusion very much were because the clarity and quality of Dawkin's writing simply plummeted whenever he discussed anything other than biology, and, although I appreciated what he was trying to do, I wish he had been more informative, i.e. spent more time explaining the issues instead of engaging in ideological brawls. With this new book, I can't make either complaint since the entire text is Dawkin's forte and extremely informative.
Of course, if you're knowledgeable about evolution, this book will tell you little that you didn't already know. Plus, there are undoubtedly books out there that cover far more of the evidence and in far greater detail than Dawkins did. However, as usual, Dawkin's book is an easy and pleasant, yet intelligent, read, which makes it ideal for introducing open-minded individuals to the topic. As Dawkins writes, "Evolution is a fact, and this book will demonstrate it. No reputable scientist disputes it, and no unbiased reader will close the book doubting it."
Hence, if you've ever pondered the questions, "Why do I exist?" or "Where are all the transitional forms?," consider checking out this book.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, | As I foretold you, were all spirits, and | Are melted into air, into thin air; | And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, | The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, | The solemn temples, the great globe itself, - Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, | And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, | Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff | As dreams are made on, and our little life | Is rounded with a sleep. - Shakespeare