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A marvelously lucid summary of the evidence for evolution and the overwhelming case against its enemies.... As a philosopher concerned with the way science operates, Kitcher is good at showing how creationists distort Karl Popper"s views on scientific method, and how they misuse such books as Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He is equally skillful at showing how creationists persist in quoting out of context Stephen Jay Gould and other "punctuationists"...

(Martin Gardner Discover)

Such outfits as the Moral Majority and the Institute for Creation Research seem to have inherited the hot air waves, if not the wind. And this has alarmed Philip Kitcher, a philosopher of science at the University of Vermont, enough to give us this thoughtful and witty attack on 'scientific creationism'...Dr. Kitcher has mixed a great deal of cold logic and history into his case, thereby creating a book that is as valuable as it is fun to read for scientists and nonscientists alike.

(James P. Sterba The New York Times)

With his book, Abusing Science, Kitcher...takes his place beside such eloquent champions of Darwin's theory as Thomas Huxley and Clarence Darrow.

(Jill Sapinsley Mooney San Francisco Chronicle)

About the Author

Philip Kitcher is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, and Director of its Center for the Philosophy of Science. Kitcher is the author of a searching book on "Scientific" Creationism, Abusing Science, published by The MIT Press in 1982.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (June 23, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026261037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262610377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Kitcher (New York, NY) is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is the author of twelve books, including Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith; In Mendel's Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology; Science, Truth, and Democracy; and The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities. Professor Kitcher was the first recipient of the Prometheus Prize awarded by the American Philosophical Association for "lifetime contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science." He is also the winner of many other awards, most recently the Award for Distinguished Service to the Columbia Core Curriculum, the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award from Columbia University, the Lannan Foundation Notable Book Award (given for Living with Darwin), and the Friend of Darwin Award (given by the National Committee on Science Education).

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Philip Kitcher's seminal work critical of "Scientific" Creationism remains a clarion call against those who continue abusing science to fit their own zealous religious agenda. Kitcher goes beyond making a point by point defense of evolutionary biology - indeed, all of science - and a total refutation of creationism. He makes a persuasive case why "Scientific Creationism" isn't good science. For example he observes how distinguished 19th Century geologists such as Adam Sedgwick discarded their creationist view of geology, realizing that it was outmoded, invalid science not supported by empirical evidence. Kitcher gives a succinct description of how scientists embark on their research, demonstrating how "Scientific Creationism" falls short of the ideals of excellent science. Kitcher successfully notes why those who argue equal time for "Evolution Science" and "Creation Science" in high school science education are misguided, devious, or both. Last, but not least, Kitcher demonstrates the religious origins of "Scientific Creationism". This is indeed an important primer on how to think rationally, answering at length all criticisms of contermporary science by so-called "scientific" creationists. First published in the 1980's, "Abusing Science" remains an important tome in the history and philosophy of science deserving of a broad readership.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dale Franks on July 6, 2001
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This is an older book, but it still remains the classic refutation of Scientific Creationism. While many new discoveries have been made in the nearly two decades since this work first appeared, Kitcher still provides a valuable inquiry into the tactics of the Scientific Creationists, and exposes the vacuity of their arguments soundly.
This is true because much of this book explains the philosophy of science, and the scientific method, rather than relying on detailed expositions of particular scientific findings. Kitcher exposes the great difference that exists between the very natures of science and creationism.
Kitcher examines the main arguments of creationists, and describes why they are wrong. But more importantly, he looks carefully at their tactics, and illustrates their essential dishonesty.
For instance, Creationist literature is full of comments taken out of context from mainstream scientists, in an attempt to make it look like those scientists believe something very different than what they actually believe. He shows how both Gish and Morris, arguably the two most popular creationists, use this tactic repeatedly.
For example, Gish discusses the work of A.W. Crompton, who demonstrated in 1978 and 1979 how the bones of the mammalian ear developed from the jawbones of reptiles. He then declares, "Kermack and his co-workers now reject this idea." Gish neglects to tell us, however, that Kermack's hypothesis was published in 1968 and 1973, a full decade before Crompton's work, which, of course, superceded it.
Likewise, Morris quotes G.G. Simpson's "The Major Features of Evolution" as saying that most new species appear suddenly in the fossil record in an attempt to demonstrate his assertion that no transitional fossils exist.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wylie on May 3, 2000
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Philip Kitcher is a professor of philosophy at UC-San Diego. A specialist in the philosophy of science, he has also authored books on sociobiology and cloning. This book is a valuable contribution to the evolution-creation debate.
In "Abusing Science," Kitcher's emphasis is on the logic of creationism--dissecting the arguments made by creationists, especially Henry Morris and Duane Gish of the ludicrously-named Institute for Creation Research, and thoroughly debunking them. To give one specific example: Creationists are fond of arguing that evolutionists date fossils based on the ages of the rocks in which the fossils are found. But, say creationists, the dates of the rocks are established using fossils; so, they claim, evolutionists are guilty of circular argument. Kitcher shows how this argument is a misrepresentation of the science: creationists ignore the numerous alternative, independent methods for dating rocks, such as radiometric or stratigraphic methods. Throughout the book, Kitcher exposes scores of weak creationist arguments just like this.
It is worth noting that Kitcher quotes at great length from creationist authors, and cannot validly be accused of any misrepresentation of their arguments.
Kitcher also shows how the creationist attack on evolution is really an attack on all science: "If evolutionary biology is to be dismissed...all the major fields of science will have to be trimmed--or, more exactly, mutilated--to fit the creationist bill."
While Kitcher's somewhat meticulous style makes some demands on the reader, it is well worth the effort. Even though his book is nearly 20 years old, it is still relevant to today's debates--it is astonishing how many of the arguments put forward by Philip Johnson, for example, are just recycled from Morris and Gish. Anyone who is a science educator or is concerned with educational policy would find this book especially valuable.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wiswell on June 14, 2002
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Kitcher does an excellent job with providing a general defense of Darwinism and rebuttal to the "scientific" arguments of creationists, and the book is a good read in that light. Sections on the age of the earth, a rebuttal to "flood geology", the "academic freedom (why not present every silly idea in class?)," and the "whys" of animal traits are particularly good.
Written in 1982, this is a fine rebuttal to creation theories which were popular at the time- those of Morris, Gish, and Wysong. Creationists have switched to a new set of sheep's clothing, however, under the intelligent design movement.
This is not to say that any of the "intelligent designers" (with the possible exception of Micheal Behe) have anything new to say- their defense of intelligent design is still nothing but an attack on Darwinism, but their names are popular and the fact that they aren't addressed here will look like an omission if you don't look at the publication date.
Read this book if you have been pondering creationism based on the claims of intelligent sounding people and want to hear a lucid direct response to those people.
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