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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Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins

I only acquired my copy of Climbing Mount Improbable because my grandfather was unable to read it. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use. The rihcard of Mount Improbable represents the combination of perfection and improbability that is epitomized in the seemingly “designed” complexity of living things.

To my surprise, none of them completely read it. He does have strong opinions which he at times pushes on the readers in a …more Well, Dawkin makes strong arguments and is a logical writer to follow.

But natural selection is not the whole story of evolution. And, of course, anyone who mentions Douglas Adams scores some points. Kaleidoscopic Embryos is a chapter about designing segmented animals containing planes of symmetry.

Growing Up in the Universe Dawkins vs. And he clearly is deeply passionate about his subject, alongside his passion for making creationists look like idiots. Return to Book Page. Richard Dawkins’s condescending arrogance is getting on my nerves so much that I doubt I’ll finish this He talks about possibilities and probabilities, mentioning Daniel Dennett’s Library of Mendel from Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and his own biomorph land computer program, or the four-dimensional Museum of all Possible Animals.


In fact, Dawkins is known for his book, “The Selfish Gene” and the relationship between the gene and evolution of life mout a trademark of Richard Dawkins.

As such, while the previous chapters explained how rihcard reach the summit, this one only really told me why the summit is a nice place to be. Cover of the British first dawkin.

Climbing Mount Improbable

However, I do feel that the book weakens at the end. Open Preview See a Problem?

Too many iffy chapters that were more boring than interesting Dawkins’ prose is engaging and accessible, the book is full of fascinating biological curiosities and I feel that it succeeds in its stated purpose. The quotations and footnotes, in particular, verge on the unreadable. Extremely clear and very interesting climbiny of how evolutionary change is a result of small useful changes built up over time.

Dawkins demonstrates how this mountain can be climbed, by taking the reader up the gradual slopes round the rear of the mountain which, with enough time, can be traversed by the process of evolution by natural selection.

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Dawkins seems keen to share with the reader something he finds very cool. A good introductory course to evolution, casting away one of the biggest misunderstanding surrounding it a ‘progress towards’, hence the compatibility with a designer this book is therefore ideal for whose who would like to know more about the topic, without being recklessly preached on atheism.

This is where the book shows its age The book is about probability and how it applies to the theory of evolution. Other Sites Richard Dawkins’s Website.


Oct 16, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: As an expositor of the basic ideas of evolution Dawkins is unmatched: Figs and paradises exist surely to provide esthetic pleasure for us, and flowers definitely ridhard there to make our world more beautiful: He then mentions Douglas Adams’ The Restaurant at the End of the Universein which a cow offers itself for dinner because it was bred to enjoy being eaten.

Besides, he defends his selfish mounf hypothesis and, bounces back on the compute Once and for all: The late Isaac Asimov was another with this talent.

In chapter seven Dawkins actually accepts a form of hierarchy in evolution, in what he calls “kaleidoscopic embryology”. If the reader had read chapters without realising that natural selection selects for local reproductive fitness and does not have any teleological aim, they probably did not get much out of those chapters. Evocative illustrations accompany Dawkins’s eloquent descriptions of extraordinary adaptations such as the teeming populations of figs, the intricate silken world of spiders, and the evolution of wings on the bodies of flightless animals.

But that’s a small quibble, when placed against the chapter on the development of the eye. My Life in Science Science in the Soul: