December 31, 2010
When he has that fire in his belly, Richard Dawkins is arguably the
greatest living popularizer of evolution.
His foundational work,
The Selfish Gene, inspired a generation of
evolutionary biology students, while The God Delusion was a
powerfully effective self-esteem booster for atheists in the closet.
With his new book, splendidly titled The Greatest Show on Earth,
Dawkins joins other popularizers in what has become almost a rite of
passage - to make the case for evolution to the general public.
It’s like the ring the bell game at the county fair where every able
young male feels obliged to step up and swing the giant mallet.