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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 07 2011,07:48   

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One thing I can tell you about the book – it’s very well written and easy to follow. He’s not so much interested in the fine details as he is in the “big picture.” He states at the beginning that he first intended it to be a popular Tome like that of Hawking, but later revised it to be a bit more “scientific” but not technical.


This seems right to me. It's extremely well written, and unless there are boneheaded errors, it's going to be a classic on the order of The Selfish Gene.

It seems to hit every point that ever comes up in evolution debates, and except for OOL, it nails them down tight.

There's a -- perhaps unnecessary -- section on postmodernism, which quietly takes it down. Concluding that most big subjects in science, including physics, are incomplete and provisional, with overlapping "narratives," each of which reliably describes some phenomena, but which fail to be the grand unifying theory. There's an implied "so what."

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