By Alister E. McGrath

A completely up to date new edition of a seriously acclaimed exam of the theories and writings of Richard Dawkins by means of a world-renowned professional at the relation of technological know-how and religion

Includes in-depth research of Dawkins’ landmark treatise The God Delusion (2006), in addition to insurance of his later renowned works The Magic of Reality (2011) and The maximum convey on Earth (2011),and a brand new bankruptcy on Dawkins as a popularizer of technology

Tackles Dawkins’ opposed and debatable perspectives on faith, and think about the spiritual implications of his medical rules together with a entire research of the ‘selfish gene’

Written in an available and interesting type that might attract someone drawn to larger knowing the interaction among technological know-how and faith

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Chemical studies suggested they were not very diverse and they had only a small number of components. 46 However, he took the view that this long polymer simply consisted of repeated units of four basic nucleotides: adenine (A), guanine (G), thymine (T), and cytosine (C). For this reason, many (including Levene himself) regarded DNA as highly unlikely to have any major role in the transmission of inherited characteristics. It was too simple chemically to encode genetic information. Many believed that the ultimate key to the molecular basis of genetics would lie in proteins found within the chromosomes.

S. ”44 Fisher, Haldane, and Wright developed sophisticated mathematical models of evolution which accounted for the manner in which mutations arise and spread through a population through natural selection. By about 1932, the first phase of the “evolutionary synthesis” was complete; the second phase was catalyzed by Theodosius Dobzhansky 39 For Morgan’s mature statement of this theory, see Thomas H. Morgan, The Theory of the Gene. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1938. 40 Joella G. Yoder, Unrolling Time: Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematization of Nature.

In the next chapter, we shall explore the significance of Dawkins’ landmark work The Selfish Gene. 71 This has been a major theme in the writings of John C. Greene: see especially his Darwin and the Modern World View. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1961. ” In The Problem of Knowledge: Philosophy, Science, and History since Hegel, 160–75. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1950. 2 The Selfish Gene A Darwinian View of the World The Selfish Gene, published by Oxford University Press in 1976, established Dawkins’ reputation both as an original thinker and as a scientific popularizer and communicator.

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