Too many iffy chapters that were boring than interesting After a couple weeks of slowly reading through this one, I gave up and skimmed the last 150 or so pages This book was not as engaging as Blind Watchmaker or God Delusion, mostly because it s of a biology text than a political treatise about evolution I very much enjoyed the what it all means sections 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 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 mid 90s, so he s definitely gotten passionate and direct in demolishing ID arguments This book is but a glimmer. In Climbing Mount Improbable, Richard Dawkins, Author Of The God Delusion, Builds A Powerful And Carefully Reasoned Argument For Evolutionary Adaptation As The Force Behind All Life On Earth What Drives Species To Evolve How Can Intricate Structures Such As The Human Eye, The Spider S Web Or The Wings Of Birds Develop, Seemingly By Chance Regarding Evolution S Most Complex Achievements As Peaks On A Metaphorical Mountain, Climbing Mount Improbable Reveals The Ways In Which The Theory Of Natural Selection Can Precisely Explain The Beautiful, Bizarre And Seemingly Designed Complexity Of Living ThingsAnd Through It All Runs The Thread Of DNA, The Molecule Of Life, Responsible For Its Own Destiny On An Unending Pilgrimage Through Time Accompanied By Evocative Illustrations, Dawkins S Eloquent Descriptions Of The Living World S Astonishing Adaptations Throw Back The Curtain On The Mysteries Of Mount Improbable An Alternative Cover Edition For This ISBN Can Be Found Here 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 than natural selection He explains in part through the use of his and others computer simulations I really get that natural selection with random mutation is like a giant natural optimization program operating to refine organisms so at to preserve genes 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 examples of possible evolutionary factors beyond natural selection. 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 for my new member special offers, this looks kind of interesting I hadn t read anything about science for many years 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 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 evolution 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 others, including managing to get through a couple of those Stephen Jay Gould 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 about evolution and natural selection 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. Richard Dawkins s condescending arrogance is getting on my nerves so much that I doubt I ll finish thisBut 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 ones , he 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 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 come from a family where almost everyone has something against Dawkins And yet, I somehow won this book 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 biology My favourite parts are definitely those about web spiders and the 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.edit BTW there is one Czech writer Ond ej Sekora whose books for children are especially accurate as for ants development First chapter of Climbing Mount Improbable strongly reminded me of Ferda Mravenec Ferda, the Ant So understandable it was. when richard wrote this book about the slow evolutionary plod of the evolving eye up the billion year probability mountain a guy in the same faculty who he probably saw in the tea room was dr brian goodwin who with the use of chaos computation proved that the eye in acetabularia could evolve and devolve spontaneously as appropriate richard never really went into 21st century computation, chaos theory and complexity and the chaos law of emergence and it was evident scientifically from 1992 at www.santafe.edu and he still refuses to see which leaves him with a real peer review mountain to climb taking biology away from the 18th and 19th century abacus to the mainframes of the 21st Century Darwin was scientifically superceded over 15 years ago and richard must know this. Za ovu knjigu potrebno je odre eno predznanje predznanje osnovno kolske bilogije, kemije i fizike Ali zato pru a puno, i tko voli itati popularnu znanost prepunu injenica, ovo je prava knjioga koja poja njava puno toga. A very difficult read Including very fragmented chapters, though interesting.