Re: Ch. 2: Light Will Be Thrown (A Devil's Chaplain)
Another very good essay called "Darwin Triumphant."
Dawkins talks about a candidate for "Core Darwinism" that is potentially beyond the reach of factual refutation. He is clearly quite confident that this is the case for his formulation:
He also gives a good explanation of the Second Law of thermodynamics as it applies to evolution:
He is quite persuasive in giving his particular views on evolution, particularly for the layman, so I'm curious to see where other scientists disagree with him. I think he addresses some of the controversies in some later essays, including his well-known arguments with Stephen Jay Gould. I've read some of the debate before, as I recall Gould's theory of punctuated equilibrium, but I'm a little hazy on the details on where they actually disagree.
By the way, I own a hard copy but I found the complete text online where I am copying quotes from. I don't want to post the link here, so if anyone is interested, PM me.