Climbing Mount Improbable has ratings and reviews. Greg said: Part of me feels really dumb reading this, because all I can do is take him at hi. In this masterful piece of popular science, Richard Dawkins builds a powerful and carefully The metaphor of ‘Mount Improbable’ represents the combination of. Review of Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England by Jonathan Sarfati Introduction This is the .
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Return to Book Page. The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely, one might believe, its current shape and function must be the product of design. How could such an intricate object have come about by chance? Tackling this subject in writing that the New York Times called “a masterpiece” Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated dawikns for evolut The human eye is so complex and works so precisely that surely, one might believe, its current shape and function must be the product of design.
Tackling this subject in writing that the New York Times called “a masterpiece” Richard Dawkins builds a carefully reasoned and lovingly illustrated argument for evolutionary adaptation as the mechanism for life on earth. The metaphor of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that rlchard epitomized in the seemingly “designed” complexity of living things.
Dawkins skillfully guides the reader on a breathtaking journey through the mountain’s passes and up its many peaks to demonstrate that following the improbable path to perfection takes time. Cljmbing illustrations accompany Dawkins’s eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the ricbard populations of figs, the intricate silken world of spiders, and the evolution of dawlins on the bodies of flightless animals.
And through it all runs the thread of DNA, the molecule of life, responsible for its own destiny on an unending pilgrimage through time. Climbing Mount Improbable is a book of great impact and skill, written by the most prominent Darwinian of our age. Paperbackpages. Improgable April 6th by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, inprobable sign up. To ask other readers questions about Climbing Mount Improbableplease sign up.
Is this book good!? Olli-Pekka Paljakka Well, Dawkin makes strong arguments and is a logical writer to follow. He does have strong opinions which he mkunt times pushes on the readers in a …more Well, Dawkin makes strong arguments and is a logical writer to follow.
He does have iprobable opinions which he at times pushes on the readers in a rather overly direct fashion though. Aside from the author, love or hate him, Climbing Mount Improbable makes it very clear that gradual changes in living organisms over a monut period of time can lead to very complex organs. This book is a direct counterargument to the idea that life is so complicated and “perfect” that it must have an intelligent designer behind it.
Dawkins shows how life is not perfect but has evolved to some very specific functions, and how that has happened over time. To put it plainly, he argues strongly against creationism. See 1 question about Climbing Mount Improbable…. Lists with This Book. Oct 16, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Part of me feels really dumb reading this, because all I can do is take him at his word and go ‘uh-huh, that must be how it’s done’. Like what is this other guy who gave the dswkins one star talking about with chaos theory and 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 r Part of me feels really dumb reading this, because all I can do is take him at his word and go ‘uh-huh, that must be omunt it’s done’. 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 more 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 improbabls 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 ddawkins 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?
That dawoins 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 climbign battles over the rights to lay eggs climbung continue their genetic lines? 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 richxrd us.
Improbabel just wish there were more citations. View all 3 comments. Oct 09, Marijan rated it it was amazing. A very difficult read. Including very fragmented i,probable, though interesting.
Dec 31, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: After a couple weeks of slowly reading through this one, I gave up and skimmed the last or so pages.
This book was not as engaging as Blind Watchmaker or God Delusion, mostly because it’s more of a biology text than a political treatise about evolution. I very much enjoyed the “what it all means” ridhard of the book, but those appear too infrequently between the “how it all works” sections.
I can only read so much about fig wasps and nautilus shells. Still his explanation about the evolutio After a couple weeks of slowly reading through this one, I gave up and skimmed the last or so pages.
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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 mids, so he’s definitely gotten more passionate and direct in demolishing ID arguments. This book is but a glimmer.
Aug 06, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: I highly recommend you read any Dawkins book on evolution, if you want the best coherent explanation of the processes of natural selection. According to Wikipedia, Dawkins is “Darwin’s Rottweiler”.
In this book, Dawkins attempts to explain how it is possible that evolution of such amazing instruments as eyes can happen through nothing more than natural selection.
He explains in part through the use of his and others’ computer simulations. I think there is a high degree of likelihood that natural selection gets at essential truths. But natural selection is not the whole story of evolution.
I find it striking that Dawkins can casually assert that the mitochondria organelle found in most eukaryotic cells was once an independent bacterial life form, and not address the implications on evolution!! Read Acquiring Genomes, by Margulis and Sagan for many more examples of possible evolutionary factors beyond natural selection. Aug 22, Aaron Caskey rated it liked it. Richard Dawkins’s condescending arrogance is getting on my nerves so much that I doubt I’ll finish this But 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 oneshe is actually a very entertaining, and also quite persuasive, writer.
The middle of the book is very much in that style. Dawkins seems keen to share with the reader something he finds very cool. He Richard Dawkins’s condescending arrogance is getting on my nerves so much that I doubt I’ll finish this He gets back to his God bashing at the end though, and the narrative loses a lot of its power because of it. If you are already a convert, and can ignore the bigoted rants, this is a good interesting book on evolution. 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 more for my new member special offers, this looks kind of interesting. I’d tried to read Stephen Jay Gould books a couple of times but I never enjoyed them, usually couldn’t finish.
I had a vague understanding from school about Darwin and evolution, but that was many moons ago!
I got this, I read it and I was gobsmac I read this book almost by accident. I got this, I read it and I was gobsmacked. I love his writing style, found it easy to understand, and it opened my mind in a way nothing had before. I was immediately fascinated with the subject of improbabld and went on to read all of Dawkin’s other books available at that time. I couldn’t get enough and every one I read made things even clearer – especially The Selfish Gene. I didn’t stick only with Dawkins, I read various imprkbable, including managing to get through a couple of those Stephen Jay Rochard books, which I understood a bit better now, but still didn’t especially like his style in comparison to Dawkins’ writing.
I’ve been on courses and seminars and to lectures one by Dawkins himself! Something I could never have seen myself doing before! Though I’d say The Selfish Gene is the Dawkins book that changed my life because it changed my whole perspective, this one has a special place for me, because it’s the one that started it. I come from a family where almost everyone imporbable something against Dawkins. And yet, I somehow won this book.
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To my surprise it is quite 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 ago. Once you accept that the author is a bit of an egomaniac, the book is well written, interesting and understandable even for those who never were that much into improbablle.
My favourite parts are definitely those abou I come from a family where almost everyone has something against Dawkins. My favourite parts are definitely those about web spiders and richadd 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 points.
So understandable it was. Sep 25, Natasha rated it did not like it Shelves: