In case you have not read Dawkins’ latest book, “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution,” I highly recommend it for those of you with only a cursory knowledge of evolution or biology in general. While it is by no means a comprehensive documentation of all the evidence for evolution, it does touch on many fallacies and arguments often put forth against evolution. However, it does much more than this. It describes, in classic Dawkins style, a rather broad sample of the fossil, molecular, biogeographical, embryological, and experimental evidence for evolution ranging from Lenski’s experiments to Endler’s guppy experiments and many others. Even those that have taken college courses in evolutionary biology, but have not kept up with the literature of the past decade or so would greatly benefit from this book. While I disagree with many of Dawkins’ metaphors, such as DNA “code” and other falsehoods, I nevertheless think these falsehoods are useful in the introductory style or writing in which they are used for only a basic introduction. In fact, I may even go so far as to say these are necessary for this particular target audience. For those of you at least moderately familiar with evolutionary biology, Dawkins may not tell you anything new (or he may), but his manner of explaining this demonstrates, if nothing else, a useful model in how to present this information to the uninformed.
I must admit I am genuinely unimpressed with this book in terms of information contained within it (I knew about pretty much everything he covered except for the lack of fossil flatworms and a few other points), but I am very impressed with what I have learned reading between the lines regarding how Dawkins presents this information.