River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life


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ISBN-13: 9780465069903
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Series: Science Masters Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 155,162
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is the first holder of Oxford University's newly endowed Charles Simonyi Professorship in the Public Understanding of Science. He is the author of two acclaimed bestsellers, The Blind Watchmaker, which won both the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science, and the even better known The Selfish Gene.

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River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not a blathering endless tedium of metaphors, as another reviewer has suggested. For the scientist and the layperson alike, this book is a measured and carefull explaination of what Darwinism is and isn't - one of the major thrusts of the book is to explain and expose myths that lie behind the creationist viewpoint that science 'isn't enough' to explain natural phenomenea. Even more encouraging, Dawkins elucidates the beauty and majesty of the fact of Evolution in a way that is seldom found in science. There is no preoccupation with technical language here, only honest, clear, and evocative images of what it truely is to be human, and what it truely 'means' to be alive. Dawkins asserts that it is human presumption that supposes answers to questions like 'Why does the Universe Exist?' I don't care if you are Christian, Jewish, or whatever -- if you have an interest in real, logical evidence of Evolution in the everyday world, written in a way even a teenager could understand, buy this book.
seanpmurray on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Only the fittest prose survives the judicious editing of BasicBooks¿ ¿Science Masters¿ series. In this anorexically thin volume, Dawkins has, essentially, written the Cliff¿s Notes to his own catalogue of modern classics. ¿River¿ is fun reading, but those with interests beyond cramming for a biology exam should take the time to enjoy Darwin¿s rottweiler in his natural setting, unchained.
_Greg on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This short and beautiful book explores the aspect of the evolution of genes within the context of the other genes they must cooperate with because they keep winding up sharing the same bodies. Another mind expanding trip from the magnificent Richard Dawkins.
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In The Name of Sar'ah, The Merciful, The Gracious! The Holy Code, Book of Homosexuality, Chapter 1,646, Verse 665-668: " And the Goddess said unto the Proph'et Mar'io: 'Tell those who disbelieve in Hoeism that they will suffer the greatest loss! They will be choked with their skins when they enter my greatest creation, al-Dajjal (hell). They will say and think inside themselves 'We have no Creator. We have made ourselves.' Hubris! They are certainly to perish by My Hand in the bright flames I have created for them. I will show them no mercy."