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The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

Imagine you are a history teacher who is forced to give equal time to the theory that the Holocaust never happened. Many science teachers today are in a similar situation when they expound evolution: 40% of Americans believe the creation story, and the numbers are rising in this country because of the Islamist presence. This book is not intended to be anti-religion. Some of my best friends are theologians and although they are hopelessly deluded, even they can't deny evolution is an irrefutable fact. It's the only game in town. There is no God but me.

Why did it take so long for a Dawkins to arrive on the scene? Let's get one thing straight. Brilliant as we both are, I didn't evolve from Darwin. One species does not evolve from another: they merely share a common ancestor. For Darwin and myself, the ancestor is that fool Plato, who scuppered any intelligent discussion of the origins of life for two millennia with his idea that each species has a perfect form.

Partly thanks to Darwin, but largely to me, we can now dispense with this proto-theist, Blairite nonsense. There is a universal gene pool, and new species appear by a shuffling of the gene pack. End of story. God (not that there is one), I'm tired of repeating this stuff. I expect you're tired of reading it, too. Oh, you're not reading it. But as I have a dominant megalomania gene, I'd better continue.
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