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"Geoffrey Simmons has written a wonderful book. His writing is clear and accessible to the nonspecialist. The idea is stunningly simple--just describe the complexity and almost infinite variety of our world and leave the reader to draw their own conclusions.
"Children will love the descriptions of insects and animals like the bombardier beetle, the wombat, and the platypus, which seem to be the product of a rich and humorous imagination--designed with trivial pursuit in mind, one might think. But the serious objective of the book will engage any open mind."
--John Patrick, MD, Professor of the History of Science, Medicine, and Faith, Augustine College, Ottawa, Ontario


"Geoffrey Simmons brings the fresh eye of a trained physician to examine the long-standing controversy over Darwin's theory of evolution...He shows there are good reasons for...considering a radically new understanding of the nature and origin of life. A well-researched and open-minded analysis."
--Stephen C. Meyer, PhD; Director of the Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute

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There are essentially three religions or belief systems: One that believes life is a product of Design (or Design-guided) and usually that's a single God; one that believes an incredibly dense speck exploded for no reason at all (long ago) and accidentally made life as we know it through billions of lucky changes (and without transition steps), or one belongs to the I don't know/don't care group. The complexity upon complexity in all life systems and the presence of exponentially increasing numbers of missing links as science marches on decimates the faith in an exploding speck within a vacuum of nothingness forming anything. The argument is not with "science" itself or with survival of the fittest or natural selection but with Darwin's notions that species can actually change into other species. It is now very clear, they cannot.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736917462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736917469
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am physician who is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Disaster Medicine. I have a B.S. in Zoology and I have completed the course work for a Masters degree in Microbiology. I am also a Fellow with the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture. I have studied the theory of evolution for over forty years. For thirty of those years I was an ardent supporter of Darwinian ideas. I now, however, find the data supporting this theory scientifically untenable. As of this date, my seventh book, What Darwin Didn't Know (2004), is in its sixth printing and my eighth book, Billions of Missing Links (2007), is in its second printing. Both books show how the incredible complexity of the human body and all other living beings cannot have come about through evolution.

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287 of 366 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on March 14, 2007
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NOTE TO READERS: This review was subjected to a negative vote campaign beginning December 29, 2007. There is a small cadre of Amazon reviewers and cohorts who vote down any review that is not a uniform attack on a book advocating intelligent design. Their express purpose is to try to dissuade people from reading the book. This is a juvenile tactic which undermines Amazon's whole voting system. Please keep in mind that the huge number of negative votes given to the bulk of reviews on this page do not reflect upon either the author or the book. Review follows.

Despite living a century before Karl Popper, the great philosopher of Science, Darwin understood that any genuine scientific theory had to include the possibility of falsification. He therefore suggested in 1872 that if any complex organ (or organism) existed which could not have evolved from successive small steps or "modifications" that his theory would "ultimately break down." The bulk of this book by Geoffrey Simmons is an attempt to do just that. In it he quickly surveys the plant and animal kindoms and finds numerous instances of living organisms with traits so unique and highly adapted that, he argues, they could not have evolved in short successive steps.

Repeating the many examples Simmons offers would be beyond the scope of this review, but in general Simmons suggests two versions of his critique to Darwin's theory. The first is the lack of fossil antecedents. In his discussion of bats, for example, Simmons notes that bat fossils can be found over a period of 50 million years but each fossil shows clearly defined bat characteristics, including echolocation abilities and unique tendons that allow bats to easily hang upside down.
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111 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Donald James. Parker on March 13, 2007
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Dr. Simmons starts every chapter with an appropriate quotation, either funny or relevant. Following the title and quote comes a facts packed, humorous look into a different aspect of the animal and plant world. This is a literary work revealing science. The sprinkling of tongue in cheek comments throughout the book was totally enjoyable.

I learned more interesting information about the animal kingdom from this book than I have gleaned in the rest of my life. Stories of the cell from hell, cockroaches running 3 times faster than cheetahs, the weaponry possessed by insects, hibernation and estivation, migration, etc. etc. etc. kept me entertained, amazed, and edified all at the same time. My appreciation for bacteria and even viruses went from zero to 90 in 4 pages.

To top it off the book finished with the most succinct argument against common descent, nondirected evolution that I have seen. After having had time to fully digest this, I label it a culinary masterpiece.

I recommend that all home school and private schools use this book

and also What Darwin Did Not Know, Dr. Simmons similar book on the human race, for classroom material.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bannen on July 30, 2009
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While not all examples are compelling (some perhaps inaccurate), overall this is an incredibly well written book worth your time and consideration. Very far from a God-of-the-gaps argument, this book takes you on a journey through the natural world and compells an intellectually honest person to ask whether or not natural selection acting on random mutuation can really account for the complexity of life. To put it another way, is there really compelling EVIDENCE for random mutation and natural selection creating the biological machines and co-dependent mechanisms that exist in nature and are described by this book. The variety and abundance of lifeforms and components of lifeforns is enormous. Shouldn't there be an equally enormous body of evidence to demonstrate how mutation resulted in positive, co-dependent functions? Shouldn't there be evidence of abiogenesis, abundant living evidence of speciation, abundant living and fossil evidence of failed mutations, and the ability to demonstrate how co-dependent systems co-evolved, etc. etc. etc.? Whether you believe in God as a Creator or mutation as a creator, you'll enjoy reading this book.
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38 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 29, 2008
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I'd put this book at about the middle of the pack of the ID books I have read. It's certainly not groundbreaking like "Black Box" or "Icons" or some of the others, but at the same time it is well written and entertaining. If you have a gram of objectivity, and most of you don't as will be evidenced by how many negative votes this review will get from people who never even read it, you have to observe that there are a lot of bright people writing books on ID these days, both for and against. Just labeling it creationism and moving on is an easy way to avoid dealing with it, but the author makes an honest effort to marshal his facts and present his case in about as non-threatening and non-condescending way as possible.
What it lacks is a key issue, like irreducible complexity or the design filter or one of those things that are hard to argue. The main observation reminds me more of the William Pawley view that things this complex and wonderful have to have been designed. While I would agree, I don't think the case is overwhelming, and I don't think his points are likely to move anyone off of their stance, assuming anyone reads it who doesn't already agree with the premise. He has about as many amazing science facts as you're likely to come across in one place, and that can make it interesting no matter where you are coming from. "Darwin's Ghosts" was like that for me from the other side- I found his evolutionary arguments very unconvincing but enjoyed the forays into animal behavior.
All that to say, it's a good read and well worth the effort, but in my opionion it misses as a top-tier ID book.
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