The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William
Paley, who made one of the most famous creationist arguments: Just
as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung
into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with
their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was
Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery that put the lie to these
arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this
eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection - the
unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process
that Darwin discovered - has no purpose in mind. If it can be said
to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind
watchmaker. Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on
evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an
engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important
scientific discoveries of all time.
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