Richard Dawkins: Climbing Mount Improbable



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S gobsmacked I love his writing style found it easy to nderstand and it opened my mind in a wa when richard wrote this book about the slow evolutionary plod of the evolving eye The Executives Vengeful Seduction (Australian Millionaires, up the billion year probability mountain a guy in the same faculty who he probably saw in the tea room was dr brian goodwin who with these of chaos computation proved that the eye in acetabularia could evolve and devolve spontaneously as appropriate richard never really went into 21st century computation chaos theory and complexity and the chaos law of emergence and it was evident scientifically from 1992 at wwwsantafeedu and he still refuses to see which leaves him with a real peer review mountain to climb taking biology away from the 18th and 19th century abacus to the mainframes of the 21st Century Darwin was scientifically superceded over 15 years ago and richard must know this Once and for all evolution is NOT about progress a process tending towards a specific purpose and behind which then lies a designer Using a metaphor the climbing of a mountain Dawkins insists here on the gradualism implied by evolution Spiderwebs the ability for some species to fly or again the eye are as many heights After a couple weeks of slowly reading through this one I gave p and skimmed the last 150 or so pages This book was not as engaging as Blind Watchmaker or God Delusion mostly because it s of a biology text than a political treatise about evolution I very much enjoyed the what it all means sections of the book but those appear too infreuently between the how it all works sections I can only read so much about fig wasps and nautilus shells Still his explanation about the evolution of the eye clearly stomps on the Intelligent Design proponents who often tout it as being far too complicated for anyone but the Almighty to have devised in his magic sky lab Dawkins wrote this book in the mid 90s so he s definitely gotten passionate and direct in demolishing ID arguments This book is but a glimmer A very difficult read Including very fragmented chapters though interesting Part of me feels really dumb reading this because all I can do is take him at his word and go h huh that must be how it s done Like what is this other guy who gave the book one star talking about with chaos theory and. Y by chance Regarding evolution's most complex achievements as peaks on a metaphorical mountain Climbing Mount Improbable reveals the ways in which the theory of natural selection can precisely explain the beautiful bizarre and seemingly 'designed' complexity of living thingsAnd through it all runs the thread of DNA the mo.

Too many iffy chapters that were boring than interesting I come from a family where almost everyone has something against Dawkins And yet I somehow won this book To my surprise it is ite good Some parts are a little outdated especially the part about 3D printers and their nonexistence but it makes sense as it was written 20 years agoOnce you accept that the author is a bit of an egomaniac the book is well written interesting and nderstandable even for those who never were that much into biology My favourite parts are definitely those about web spiders and the relation between mutation and sexuality If only my bodies would go in for some sex And of course anyone who mentions Douglas Adams scores some pointseditBTW there is one Czech writer Ond ej Sekora whose books for children are especially accurate as for ants development First chapter of Climbing Mount Improbable strongly reminded me of Ferda Mravenec Ferda the Ant So The Kings Sister understandable it was Richard Dawkins s condescending arrogance is getting on my nerves so much that I doubt I ll finish thisBut I stuck with it and I made it through Interestingly when Dick Dawkins is focusing on explaining how cool evolution is and not bagging various religions well mostly just the Western ones he is actually a very entertaining and alsoite persuasive writerThe middle of the book is very much in that style Dawkins seems keen to share with the reader something he finds very cool He gets back to his God bashing at the end though and the narrative loses a lot of its power because of itIf you are already a convert and can ignore the bigoted rants this is a good interesting book on evolution I highly recommend you read any Dawkins book on evolution if you want the best coherent explanation of the processes of natural selectionAccording to Wikipedi I read this book almost by accident It was a few years ago and I was joining a mail order book club and this was just need one for my new member special offers this looks kind of interesting I hadn t read anything about science for many years I d tried to read Stephen Jay Gould books a couple of times but I never enjoyed them The Cattlemans Ready-Made Family usually couldn t finish I had a vaguenderstanding from school about Darwin and evolution but that was many moons agoI got this I read it and I wa. In Climbing Mount Improbable Richard Dawkins author of The God Delusion builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument for evolutionary adaptation as the force behind all life on earth What drives species to evolve How can intricate structures such as the human eye the spider's web or the wings of birds develop seemingl.

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Some kind of math that has proven that eyes could evolve or devolve spontaneously What does that mean How am I to judge what is right or not Once again I have the gripe with Dawkins about not citing much this book lacks any kind of citations He tells you where to go to read about details and gives a lengthy bibliography suggested reading list at the end but doesn t really give citations per se Maybe that is just not how it s done in pop science books Going along with what he is saying though I found the book to be incredibly interesting and to me this is a much better explanation for life as we know it then creationism and not just sounding rational but with some amazing little details and subtleties that made me realize how weird and cool the world we live in can be so much that just being as human centrically focused for so long I had no idea about It s interesting and all the infinite number of ways that we can mess with memory in literature or feel despair alienation and all of that other stuff that I m normally very obsessed with but then there are these things that science has learned that are actually pretty amazing like orchids that mimic looking like a female wasp just to lure a male wasp to try to mate with a flowery dopplanger and once the male wasp is trying to fuck this simulacra how long does it take a wasp to realize it s trying to get it on with a leaf the orchid traps the wasp and strikes it repeatedly on the back with this arm type thing that leaves pollen on the back of the sexually True Colours (Somerset, unsatisfied and duped wasp That might be my favorite example given in the book how amazing is it that something as ingenious as that can be created by nature for the sole purpose of furthering the genetic life of species Or that wars are waged inside of figs by opposing armies of wasps where millions die in battles over the rights to lay eggs and continue their genetic lines Millions And in a fruit that is the entire world for all of the males of the species involved whom will never leave the fig and just live their lives for the sake of battling so that the females of their species can lay their eggs and pollinate It s astounding to think of the magnitude of things that go on in the world and that have nothing to do withs I just wish there were citation. Lecule of life responsible for its own destiny on an nending pilgrimage through time Accompanied by evocative illustrations Dawkins's elouent descriptions of the living world's astonishing adaptations throw back the curtain on the mysteries of 'Mount Improbable' An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.