Is this still a good read?
That hasn't become dated by new scientific developments?
I want to have it on my coffee table so I can come off as a pretentious atheist to my girlfriends culturally catholic parents.
It's definitely a worthy read, especially if you have an interest in evolutionary biology.
While dated and erroneous in some aspects, Darwin's insight was impressive for the time and he presented his arguments very well.
Yes, though a bit outdated. If you are a popscientist and have an interest in evolutionary biology I would recommend Richard Dawkins. His grasp on evolution is unparalleled and his writing is lucid and crisp. I recommend The Ancestor's Tale. Do stay away from his anti-religios books, if you are not into that sort of thing. He can be a bit zealous
>I want to have it on my coffee table so I can come off as a pretentious atheist to my girlfriends culturally catholic parents.
Not going to work, catholics have nothing against evolution.
Hadn't read that part of OP. In that case you might like
It's very dated. Genes and the entire field of molecular biology were after Darwin's time. It's read mostly for culture.
Dawkins' books are extremely - EXTREMELY - pedestrian. The Selfish Gene, for instance, has less information than a wikipedia article and is about fifty times as long. look elsewhere for books on evolutionary theory if you're even remotely willing to apply yourself.
evolution is a model, and like all of our models, their truthiness is fucking irrelevant.
evolution could be 100% wrong and it wouldn't matter one bit, because its still an accurate enough model to be useful. it lets us DO things.
why do you think industry doesn't fund creationist science? because throwing our hands up in the air and saying "god did it!" doesn't make any money.