Climbing Mount Improbable

Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141936320
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In this masterful piece of popular science, Richard Dawkins builds a powerful and carefully reasoned argument for evolutionary adapatation as the force behind all life on earth.

The View From Mount Improbable

Author: Richard Dawkins
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Science And Christianity

Author: Henry F. Schaefer
Publisher: The Apollos Trust
ISBN: 9780974297507
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Climbing. Mount. Improbable: S. Evolutionary. Science. or. Wishful. Thinking?
Introduction Of all the lectures in this series, this is the one I most assiduously try
to avoid having to present. I have manufactured all sorts of entirely valid reasons
to convince different universities that my "Big Bang" lecture was far more suitable
to their environments than would be this evolution talk. Of all the topics treated in
this book, evolution is the most inflammatory. The ratio of heat to light produced ...

Dawkins God

Author: Alister E. McGrath
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118964799
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What might seem to be a highly improbable development needs to be set against
the backdrop of the huge periods of time envisaged by the evolutionary process.
Dawkins explores this point using the image of a metaphorical “Mount
Improbable.” Seen from one angle, its “towering, vertical cliffs” seem impossible
to climb. Yet seen from another angle, the mountain turns out to have “gently
inclined grassy meadows, graded steadily and easily towards the distant uplands
.”10 The ...

Tautological Oxymorons

Author: John Brey
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781469713656
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182 In chapter three of Dawkins book Climbing Mount Improbable, Dawkins
claims that, 'The story of Mount Improbable is, of course, a parable.' So we see
that Dawkins is quite comfortable with the mantle of high priest and giver of
parables. He further illuminates the fact that he sees himself as a theologian of
natural selection in an ironic parody in which he justifies his theological
credentials by showing the same inconsistency he suggests is the mantle of the
true theologian.

The Nature Of Nature

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“Mount Improbable” i.e. evolution by chance increments, comes from Climbing
Mount Improbable (1997) by Richard Dawkins which is (I think) at odds not so
much with the second law of thermodynamics as the laws of probability. Dawkins
suggests this improbability can be climbed via a gentler slope, little by little, but
with no available work at hand for climbing (only random jolts, on the level) it is
the height that makes the ascent improbable, if not impossible, not the slope: the
slope is ...

The Engine Of Complexity

Author: John Mayfield
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231535287
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In contrast, undirected large changes are wildly improbable. By sampling small,
not very improbable changes, and accumulating the better ones, outcomes that
are otherwise hopelessly improbable can be achieved easily. This is what
Richard Dawkins, the most famous living writer about evolution, meant by the title
of his book Climbing Mount Improbable.9 Dramatic examples of change can and
do occur when repeated error-prone copying of instructions is coupled with a
mechanism ...

A Devil S Chaplain

Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297865420
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... me to include in this book a section on Stephen Gould with a largely positive
tone. 'And even the ranks of Tuscany' (Steve would have completed the quotation
from his formidable literary memory) 'Could scarce forebear to cheer'.
Macaulay107 celebrated the admiration that can unite enemies in death.
Enemies is too strong a word for a purely academic dispute, but admiration is not,
and we were shoulder to shoulder on so much. In his review of my own Climbing
Mount Improbable, ...

Faith In The Age Of Science

Author: Mark Silversides
Publisher: Sacristy Press
ISBN: 190838154X
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Yes, it's a subjective thing, but that's the nature of the Dawkinsian argument. I
desperately need some numbers. The elegance of hardcore neo-Darwinism is
illustrated in Climbing Mount Improbable, River Out of Eden, and The Blind
Watchmaker by use of computer programs that draw patterns and allow selection
of variants, thus allowing for rapid simulation of thousands of generations,
millions if necessary. The eye study by Nilsson and Pelger is often claimed as the
most advanced ...

Dear Mr Darwin

Author: Gabriel A. Dover
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520227903
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For Dawkins, all structures and functions are adaptations, and all are 'improbable
perfections' that could have arisen only by natural selection. He therefore writes
in his book Climbing Mount Improbable that 'eyes are perfections of engineering -
should any parts be rearranged then that would make them worse'. This view
leads naturally to his opinion that 'each species is an island of workability set in a
vast sea of conceivable arrangements most of which would, if they ever came into