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Richard Dawkins

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Overview

Author

Richard Dawkins

Year Published

1986

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Argument, Nature, Science

At a Glance

Richard Dawkins wrote The Blind Watchmaker to highlight the evidence for evolution that had come to light in the 127 years since British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–82) published On the Origin of Species in 1859. In addition to presenting evidence, Dawkins uses a simple computer program to explain natural selection and the evolutionary process. He discusses opposing theories and explains that supposed "rifts" among evolutionary biologists are not significant disagreements. Dawkins argues that even if scientists could not find a single shred of evidence for evolution, the theory perfectly explains how life developed on Earth. The Blind Watchmaker remains both an excellent introduction to and defense of evolutionary theory more than 30 years since its publication.

About the Title

The Blind Watchmaker explains Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and discusses the latest scientific discoveries that support the theory. The title refers to a famous 18th-century idea that God created biological complexity because mechanical complexity such as a watch requires a maker. Dawkins sets out to show why evolution makes this idea impossible.

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