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    If you re looking for pure drama, sorry, the title is just intended to be flippant If you re looking for a genuine, in depth critique of Dawkins work and public persona everything from his published research to his way of communicating with the public to his attitude in The God Delusion then you might well enjoy this Fern Elsdon Baker has a scientific background and is an atheist, and has some fairly large bones to pick with Dawkins, while acknowledging at the same time his work in the field, his intelligence, and the accessibility of his popular science books.Mostly, Elsdon Baker respects Dawkins, and just disagrees with the way he chooses to express himself, pointing out that he often acts as though science is right now, rather than a subject which is always growing and making new discoveries There s some critique of his actual ideas as well, though, and this isn t some kind of tone argument Elsdon Baker firmly believes that there is a correct way to communicate science to the public, and Dawkins isn t doing it.The writing is clear, and Elsdon Baker makes it constantly clear on what grounds she criticises Dawkins, on the background to the various issues discussed, and the fact that this is an opinion, and most of it is not factual I enjoyed reading it, and not just because I think it s high time someone criticised Dawkins professionally and thoroughly.


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    Quite a technical swim into Darwin s theories and other scientist s work.


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    There isn t really anything wrong with this book It just isn t very ground breaking.The subtitle of the book is How Richard Dawkins Rewrote Darwin s Legacy Elsdon Baker does not provide convincing evidence that Dawkins did, or does.Roughly, the first third of the book reviews views on evolution before and during Darwin s time The next third reviews challenges to Dawkins selfish gene hypothesis The final part reviews Dawkin s role as an educator of evolution and science.There isn t much in the book I would disagree with Are there challenges to the selfish gene in science Selection can definitely be argued to act at different levels Group selection is an intriguing idea, but there isn t much evidence for it Same for saltation though the idea that the species is selected for rather than a gene when a massive meteorite hits the earth is an interesting approach Epigenetics is certainly increasingly supported by evidence it was less so when the book was written in 2009 it is certainly ironic that Lamarckian influences appear to be real We don t know yet how much of a role epigenetics plays in evolution Still, the role of inherited genes is strong enough that I can trace my personal history all the way back to Africa 60,000 years ago and beyond National Geographic genomics project US 159 if inheritance were ruled by malleable environmental influences alone, this would not be possible Is Dawkins sometimes too dogmatic Probably If you or I spent much of our lives in the lamplight in heated debate, would we fare much differently Probably not Dawkins book The Selfish Gene had an important influence on two generations of biologists Does Dawkins favour his pet theory too much in discussions on evolution Probably But then again, which scientist doesn t Is it really important how closely a particular modern scientist adheres to Darwin s exact thoughts and ideas Not really The revolutionary tenet of The Origin of Species was evolution through natural selection, and the passing on of inherited traits There still isn t really any scientific challenge to this idea At the same time, Darwin knew almost nothing about genetics compared to our knowledge today And our knowledge will continue to grow and evolve, and can be expected to overturn some of our cherished beliefs.Overall, Elsdon Baker provides a number of valid criticisms of Dawkins However, I do not feel that the criticisms are strong enough to support her claim that Dawkins rewrote Darwin, or that there are good reasons to be anti Dawkins.The book would make above average Ph.D thesis reading material, but unless you are particularly interested in the history of science, I would prefer a book that deals in detail with the scientific evidence for competing ideas on the units of selection in evolution, and how much of a role epigenetics and horizontal gene transfer play.


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    The late Stephen J gould believed that science and religion were an non overlapping magisteria clearly fearn E.baker belongs in that camp As toilet reding book it was a waste of time At 3 at the local bookstore it was a waste of money Her ad hominem arguments were boring, full of non sequiturs poorly at best As an atheist she is a disgrace she believes atheism is a form of religion, willy nilly wishy washy, accommodating.definitely a flea..to quote Dawkins himself Was there ever dog that praised his fleas and leave it at that


  5. says:

    Interesting presentation that makes clear some of the issues that the UK faces about religion and anti religion that are not the same in North America If Dawkins annoys you, this is the book for you


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