I had high hopes for Dennett’s book on “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea” but unfortunately I found his writing style to be incredibly tedious. Dennett is a philosopher by trade and he writes like one. I thought the copious use of footnotes and dates on every other page to be distracting and I was never able to find a comfortable rhythm with his writing style. I managed to get to chapter 14 before putting it down and calling it a day.
That being said. Evolution is a fascinating subject and there are plenty of great books on the subject, “The Blind Watchmaker” by Richard Dawkins”, “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry Coyne, and “The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin, are some examples. If you like philosophy and are interested in Darwin’s theory, Dennett’s writing style might be for you. But if you want a more straight forward book on the subject you might want to look elsewhere.
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1 edition (26 September 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780140167344
- ISBN-13: 978-0140167344
- ASIN: 014016734X
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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