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River out of Eden
- Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
- Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
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The number-one Sunday Times best seller.
A fascinating explanation of how evolution works, from the best-selling author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins.
The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and onwards. Dawkins explains that DNA must be thought of as the most sophisticated information system imaginable: 'Life is just bytes and bytes of information,' he writes.
Using this perspective, he describes the mechanisms by which evolution has taken place, gradually but inexorably, over a period of three billion years. It is the story of how evolution happens, rather than a narrative of what has actually happened in evolution. He discusses current views on the process of human evolution, including the idea that we all trace back to a comparatively recent African 'Eve', and speculates that the 'information explosion' that was unleashed on Earth when DNA came into being has almost certainly happened in other places in the universe.
A bite-sized science classic, narrated by the author.
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- D. Oliver
Short & Sweet but perfectly formed
It's not the longest of Richard Dawkins books but what lacks in pages makes up for in content. I thought I knew a lot about genes but this book completes the story and frankly it is more awe inspiring then I initially comprehended.
As a long time agnostic I have had to reconsider my stance after reading this as full blown atheism just makes more logical sense.