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From the Publisher
Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster,
The God Delusion, which sold more than 2 million copies in
English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection
in the seminal bestseller The Selfish Gene. Now, he
launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent
Design" in his latest New York Times bestseller, The
Greatest Show on Earth. "Intelligent Design" is being taught
in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the
controversy" behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy.
Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence-from
living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record;
from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran
its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate
tectonics to molecular genetics-to make the airtight case that "we
find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a
blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but
the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His
unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a
negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist
position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than
a master's vision of life, in all its splendor.