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Comment 1 by genesis1 :

After all in his book Climbing Mt Improbable he mentions that he once asked his young daughter (I think she was his daughter) as to why flowers existed. She replied (quite correctly) "to make the world pretty". (Out of the mouths of babes and infants, eh). However, the good Doctor felt the need to inform her that this belief of hers was false. If Richard has the right to mislead his daughter into rejecting what is so obviously true ...

(emphasis mine)

Incorrectly. Flowers don't exist to make the world look pretty, they are an adaptation whose function is ultimately the reproduction of the plant in question. That they are pretty is a happy consequence of this, but not their purpose.

I am in agreement with Professor Dawkins on this issue, and have nothing further to add.

EDIT: apologies for the troll-feeding, I didn't notice the warning signs...

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