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Not by Chance! Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Judaica Press (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880582244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880582244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee M. Spetner is an American physicist and author, known best for his critique of the modern evolutionary synthesis. In spite of his opposition to neo-Darwinism, Spetner accepts a form of non-random evolution outlined in his 1996 book "Not By Chance! Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution." Spetner received his BS degree in mechanical engineering at Washington University in 1945[2] and his Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1950.

Spetner continued to study at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University from 1951 to 1970 working on guided-missile systems. In 1970 he became technical director of Eljim, Ltd., later a subsidiary of Elbit, Ltd. in Nes Tsiona, Israel where he was a manager, a period that lasted a further 20 years.[2][4] His work here was on military electronic systems including electronic countermeasures, and a military electronic navigation system.

He taught courses at the Johns Hopkins University, Howard University and the Weizman Institute including classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, real-variable theory, probability theory, and statistical communication theory.

Spetner first became interested in evolution in 1970 after moving to Israel. In Israel he indulged in searching for evidence which contradicted the modern evolutionary synthesis. Spetner was inspired by the rabbi David Luria (1798 - 1855), who calculated that according to Talmudic sources that there was 365 originally created species of beasts and 365 of birds. Spetner developed what he called his "nonrandom evolutionary hypothesis", which (in common with Christian young earth creationists) accepted microevolution (which he attributed to Lamarckian-like inheritance), but rejected macroevolution.

Spetner has been described as a Jewish Creationist. In 1980 at a conference for Jewish scientists, Spetner claimed the Archaeopteryx was a fraud. Spetner continued his attack on the modern evolutionary synthesis in his book "Not by chance! Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution."

Spetner is a critic of the role of mutations in the modern evolutionary synthesis. Spetner claims mutations lead to a loss of genetic information.

Spetner continued to study after retirement, pursuing interests in evolution[4] and cancer cures. Dr. Lee Spetner's latest book "The Evolution Revolution: Why Thinking People are Rethinking Evolution" develops his nonrandom hypothesis (NREH) and was published in 2014 by Judaica Press. [9]

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Each new revelation in genetic research, no matter how bizarre and unforeseen, can be construed as a ringing confirmation of the theory of evolution, or so evolutionary biologists would have us believe. With this book, Dr. Lee Spetner risks the wrath of the evolution establishment by challenging the validity of the neo-Darwinian theory, or "dogma" as he calls it. Evolutionists assume that the observed ability of organisms like finches and bacteria to adapt to altered environments is clear proof of the NDT, which holds that random mutations in the DNA molecule are a prime factor in these adaptations. But this inference is negated by compelling new evidence at every level of biology according to Spetner, whose credentials include an MIT doctorate in physics, expertise in molecular biology, and published papers on biology in prestigious scientific journals. Numerous experiments are cited indicating many of these survival modifications are linked to a particular class of nonrandom mutations responding on cue to specific changes in the environment. A given external stimulus will trigger the same chain reaction of hormone-induced DNA mutations every time, yielding an identical adaptive response.
Spetner claims research findings like these which don't fit approved doctrine are simply ignored by evolutionary biologists. That charge is echoed with gusto by renowned biologist Lynn Margulis, who issues scathing denunciations of their obscurantist tactics in "Slanted Truths." She believes the "stranglehold" of the Darwinian "religious movement" can only be broken by a rational counter-force from outside the fold. Spetner's authoritative book is an ideal instrument for this deliverance.
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After reading the guy who wrote the review using an analogy of cars and intersections, I wondered if this guy read the same book I did. The point of the book was not that random events cannot happen, but rather that 2 billions years of random events cannot explain the endowment of DNA with the information content it has, but any known means, unless you are willing to believe in some kind of spontaneous arrangement of molecules that require more faith than the supernatural. At any rate, Dr Spetner does a fine job of demonstrating that neo-darwinism simply has no credible explanation for the information content in DNA. And when it's all said and done, if you cannot show how the information got there, you have no explanation. Moreover, if one can show the virtual impossibility of DNA aquiring information in the way neo-darwinism asserts, then neo-darwinism is simply a false hypothesis. Dr Spetner does this aptly. Information aquisition is the name of game here, and Dr Speter is an expert in information theory, unlike most neo-darwinists. Dr Spetner also demonstrates why all the examples of mutations are not evidence for neo-darwinist evolution. I particularly enjoyed his treatment of Richard Dawkins (having seen the same flaws in Dawkins' apologetics myself. It's no wonder that Dawkins refuses to debate Dr Spetner.) Dr Spetner also speculates about the source of variations. Get this book and consider the contents carefully. This book will appeal to the technical mind, unlike so much of the "creationist" drivvel in print these days.
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"Not by Chance" by Lee Spetner is another of the many popular-level books challenging Neo-Darwinian Theory (NDT). A physicist by profession, the author employs mathematical analysis to highlight weaknesses in current evolutionary theory. I offer the following comments for potential readers.

The author's argument focuses on what is known as macro-evolution (speciation and the broad development of bio-diversity) rather than more modest and widely accepted micro-evolution (variation within existing species - dogs, bacteria, etc.). Some would argue that this division is arbitrary, and, the two categories are in fact just different aspects of the same process (i.e. a collection of small micro-evolutionary steps culminate in macro-evolutionary change) - Spetner disputes this view.

The application of statistical probability and information theory to NDT is enlightening. Spetner makes a strong argument for the improbability of NDT when it is examined at sub-cellular level. The author uses statistical probability to argue that macro-evolution is vastly more unlikely that many events that are commonly considered to be impossible. Although these types of arguments will not likely carry the day with orthodox Darwinists - they can be quite powerful to the uninitiated.

The author applies his rigorous analysis to many aspects of evolutionary theory with similar effect. For example, Convergence (independent development of similar features - wings, echo location, eyes, etc.) has long been recognized as an ackward fit for NDT. Again, applying statistical analysis, Spetner notes that the likelihood of these features developing independently through random mutation and natural selection is almost incomprehensible.
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