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My biology background went as far as a couple of college (survey level) courses. I found this book readily understandable, and quite mind-opening. It wades right into questions such as, why and how do organisms become more complex and larger over time? What kinds of structures need to develop to make this possible, and how do these structures come into being? What effect does largeness and complexity have on the way mutation works? At what stage of an organism's development will a mutation (1) kill the organism, or (2) be incorporated as an "invention" into future generations of the organism, to its advantage? The mechanisms are very sensibly explained. I have a fascination with the topic of randomness too, and here the author takes distinctive stands. Many days, after glazing over on finance, law and history topics in audiobooks, I love to switch to this book and suddenly change how I am thinking and what I am noticing in my world.
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While natural selection is the primary driving force of evolution, John Tyler Bonner does a wonderful job of reminding us that there is indeed randomness in evolution and it is often forgotten about or overlooked. He presents his argument well in concise, clear, and original thoughts which I found very refreshing. Having listened to and read a good amount of books on evolution and evolutionary biology, Bonner is a must read/listen for anyone interested in the subject.
I thought the narrator did an alright job though at times his voice did not really fit with the subject. Some words he overemphasized when it was not needed and came off as forced. It was not too distracting or detracting but could have been better.
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