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The Greatest Show on Earth Summary

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The Greatest Show on Earth SummaryThe Evidence for Evolution

By now, you’d think that developments in genetics should have vindicated Darwin once and for all. Unfortunately, one-third of Americans don’t believe in it, with another third thinking that it was actually guided by God.

In “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Richard Dawkins tries to clear things up.

About Richard Dawkins

Richard DawkinsRichard Dawkins is a British evolutionary biologist and ethologist. He was a Professor of Zoology at the University of California at Berkley and a Professor for Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.

A revered public intellectual and a beloved science popularizer, Dawkins has authored numerous books on biology and atheism, including “The Selfish Gene,” “The Blind Watchmaker,” and “The God Delusion.”

“The Greatest Show on Earth Summary”

“This book,” writes Richard Dawkins in the preface to “The Greatest Show on Earth,” “is my personal summary of the evidence that the ‘theory’ of evolution is actually a fact—as incontrovertible a fact as any in science.“

And, when you think about it, really, what is there to debate about? The evidence for evolution is everywhere around us.

Just look at all the dog breeds!

Most of them are man-made, through a careful process of selection, which, for some breeds, has lasted for thousands of years! Because, intuitively, people knew that reproduction works by combining half of the genes from the father with half of the genes from the mother. And with these genes, unique characteristics are also passed on.

Thus, by artificially choosing the mothers and the fathers, people created breeds with the characteristics they specifically wanted in them.

Well, the same thing happened with evolution as well. The only two differences: it happened naturally, and it lasted for millions of years!

But, you may wonder, if everything started from common ancestors, how is it possible that there are so many species on the planet today?

Simply put, it’s because these common ancestors evolved separately. In the early days, due to the super continent separating into few other continents; then, because of earthquakes and floods within these continents. And, sometimes, because of strange occurrences we can’t even imagine.

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