the truth turned crashing on its head

SuprunP

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Ukrainian & Russian
Some biologists go so far as to see DNA as a device used by organisms to reproduce themselves, just as an eye is a device used by organisms to see! Readers of this book will recognize that this attitude is an error of great profundity. It is the truth turned crashing on its head.
(The Selfish Gene; Richard Dawkins)

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it means the same as 'it is the truth turned on its head' and if so then what role crashing is playing here?

Thanks.
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Yes, the general meaning is the same. The word "crashing" adds a notion of violence to the turning upside down, which is a way of emphasising how far from the truth this theory is (Dawkins is saying that this is the exact opposite of the truth).
     
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