Saturday, August 25, 2007

token non-fiction read

Title: The Blind Watchmaker
Author: Richard Dawkins

The book’s aimed at supporting evolution, and essentially refuting the bulk of the arguments against it. Dawkins presents interesting arguments, and it’s very detailed, but feels like I’m reading the transcript of an entire semester of a college course, esp. since he talks directly to the reader (“when you think of a mutation…”), and therefore I only made it halfway through before finally giving in to the library’s demands to return it, since I had it checked out for about 2 months. Also, the book was written in the mid-eighties, so it’s rather amusing when he talks about writing computer programs in languages I’ve never heard of, and talks about how there’s so much memory or computing power or whatever with like one whole gigabyte of something.

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posted by ket at 12:40 AM


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