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Richard Dawkins' latest book. All about evolution.

Just got my copy and I'll be reporting back.

Anyone else here reading / planning to read it?
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I'll wait for the movie.

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I'm a few chapters in, and so far it's really excellent. He lays it out step by step better than I have ever seen before.

Furthermore, filling in lots of gaps in stuff I thought I already knew.
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Did I miss the news flash that Dawkins isn't cool any more? :evil:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Did I miss the news flash that Dawkins isn't cool any more? :evil:
I still like him.

As far as the book goes, I like to read while straphanging so I prefer a paperback. I would like to read it someday, though.

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Did I miss the news flash that Dawkins isn't cool any more? :evil:
I still like him.

As far as the book goes, I like to read while straphanging so I prefer a paperback. I would like to read it someday, though.
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Update: I finished it.

Dawkins really presents evolution in a logical order.

It is not for the most part an anti-creationist polemic as such. But whenever he gets to a bit especially misrepresented by creationists, he hammers it.

The last chapter was a bit preachy. I don't care for the Dawkins approach to the "meaning" of life. But he kept it separate and at the end, so it's all good.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Update: I finished it.
Good.

Can I borrow it?

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Bearguin wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:Update: I finished it.
Good.

Can I borrow it?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Did I miss the news flash that Dawkins isn't cool any more? :evil:
He stopped being cool when he joined the Brights and started the A stuff.

Sorry, I get a little tired of people with causes to sell, and I have no use for the cult mentality.
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I'm reading it now. He's just gotten past artificial selection and has taken it to natural selection. So far so good.

I watched "The Botany of Desire" on PBS tonight; if you get a chance to see it, I recommend it. It's about how natural and artificial selection have made apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes four of the most successful plants on the planet. I thought the part about apples was especially interesting.
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Pyrrho wrote:Sorry, I get a little tired of people with causes to sell, and I have no use for the cult mentality.
He's good when he sticks to his expertise, which he mostly does in this book.

I understand evolution better now, though I was not totally uneducated about it before.

Skip the last chapter and you won't miss anything.
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Interestingly enough, Darwin proceeds from artificial to natural selection, too. Darwin's audience was mostly familiar with artificial selection, though. Dawkins's audience mostly isn't, any more.
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DrMatt wrote:Interestingly enough, Darwin proceeds from artificial to natural selection, too. Darwin's audience was mostly familiar with artificial selection, though. Dawkins's audience mostly isn't, any more.
Which is really sad. If anyone in the world ought to understand evolution it's Kansans. When they get all stoopid about evolution I want to show them all the scraggly grassy thing they used to call maize and ask them what the hell happened to turn it into the huge juicy kernels they grow today.

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DrMatt wrote:Interestingly enough, Darwin proceeds from artificial to natural selection, too. Darwin's audience was mostly familiar with artificial selection, though. Dawkins's audience mostly isn't, any more.
Which is really sad. If anyone in the world ought to understand evolution it's Kansans. When they get all stoopid about evolution I want to show them all the scraggly grassy thing they used to call maize and ask them what the hell happened to turn it into the huge juicy kernels they grow today.
And if they have more intelligence than a slug they'll tell you corn is corn .. and that great danes and chihuahuas are dogs. :wink:
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manny wrote:
DrMatt wrote:Interestingly enough, Darwin proceeds from artificial to natural selection, too. Darwin's audience was mostly familiar with artificial selection, though. Dawkins's audience mostly isn't, any more.
Which is really sad. If anyone in the world ought to understand evolution it's Kansans. When they get all stoopid about evolution I want to show them all the scraggly grassy thing they used to call maize and ask them what the hell happened to turn it into the huge juicy kernels they grow today.
Denial. And of course, injuns couldn't have had anything to do with it.
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