The Blind Watchmaker Topics for Discussion

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In chapter one, Dawkins uses Mont Blanc as a set of randomly gathered rocks to define the fundamental difference between living and inanimate objects. In chapter six, Origins and Miracles, he describes the theories of Cairns-Smith as to how life on Earth might have originated from clays and silicates. Is there not a contradiction here? If rocks can be the source of the origin of life they obviously cannot be examples of inanimate objects. Discuss.

In chapter eleven, Doomed Rivals, Dawkins makes light of the theory that a plesiosaur, the Loch Ness Monster, still exists in the deep waters of a Scottish loch. Contrast his views with the actual facts of the discovery of a living coelacanth off South Africa in 1938. Is this not a similar case? Discuss.

Genetic hyperspace as described in chapter three is where all the creatures that could have existed...

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