Dawkins river out of eden
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life by Richard DawkinsThis book takes about 30 minutes to read, but is probably the best book Ive read when it comes to shooting down morons who believe in stupid shit. If youre offended by the fact that I think creationism is utter bullshit, Im sorry - but Richard Dawkins isnt, and hes more than happy to give a hundred reasons why youre a moron for believing it.
On top of giving ammo to those of us who do come in contact with the less scientifically enlightened among us (snobbery, anyone?), he manages to put a lot of things into very good perspective. While this book is about DNA and life, its also about the fact that theres a HUGE difference between the life of the individual and the life of the species, and just how important it is that we understand this as we come to control our own genome.
Seriously, dont judge this book by its size (or its stupid-ass, kissing fish cover): Its heavy but quick, and will do your brain good.
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life
I enjoyed reading this book despite placing much effort on keeping up with Richard Dawkins English "elegance". Thankfully he presents his arguments with elaborate analogies. He has solidified my understanding of Darwinian evolution. Remarked to my girlfriend of similar race and dialect groups, given that we were migrates to our current land at least our 3rd generation ancestry came from China , chances of us branching out from a single stream was high and barely years ago. And that were pro.
It is part of the Science Masters series and is Dawkins's shortest book. It is illustrated by Lalla Ward , Dawkins's wife. The book's name is derived from Genesis relating to the Garden of Eden. The King James Version reads "And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. River Out of Eden has five chapters. The first chapter lays down the framework on which the rest of the book is built, that life is like a river of genes flowing through geological time where organisms are mere temporary bodies.
There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity. It was written in and was illustrated by his then wife, the Second Romana Lalla Ward. It is a fairly quick read, with subtle notes of British humour thrown in to keep the reader up all night.