Like a clever agnostic in Sunday school, Stove (Scientific Irrationalism) relentlessly frustrates Darwinism in this posthumous collection of 11 linked essays. To the chagrin of creationists, however, he also takes pains to note he is of no religion and believes it's "overwhelmingly probable that humans evolved from some other animal." His more modest objective is to show that Darwinism, while largely valid, fails to explain known humanity. Unfortunately, this effort is confused: if Darwin's theory of evolution were true, "there would be in every species a constant and ruthless competition to survive," when "it is perfectly obvious that human life is not like that." To illustrate, Stove cites altruism, alcohol, anal intercourse, abortion and other behaviors that shorten lives or lessen the number of children people have. He goes so far as to condemn Darwinism as a "ridiculous slander on human beings," whom he views as mammals, but not animals in the evolutionary sense. The great unexamined problem in all of this is how did humans jump off the evolutionary track? This is not to say that Stove, who made a name for himself as a conservative philosopher (most recently at the University of South Wales), is necessarily wrong. Rather, he exists in a skeptical abyss, borrowing from two distinct and potentially correct perspectives. This makes his work provocative, but flawed.
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Philosopher David Stove concludes in his hilarious and razor-sharp inquiry that Darwin's theory of evolution is "a ridiculous slander on human beings." But wait! Stove is no "creationist" nor a proponent of so-called "intelligent design." He is a theological skeptic who admits Darwin's great genius and acknowledges that the theory of natural selection is the most successful biological theory in history. But Stove also thinks that it is also one of the most overblown and gives a penetrating inventory of what he regards as the "unbelievable claims" of Darwinism. Darwinian Fairytales is a must-read book for people who want to really understand the issues behind the most hotly debated scientific controversy of our time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
A wonderfully iconoclastic attack on the cult of Neo-Darwinism by an atheist philosopher. Stove does a wonderful job of highlighting the cracks not so much in evolutionary theory... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andy Bannister
There is no legimate argument about anything in this book. Even at the time that it was written, to bash on Dawkins and pretend that you are taking a novel stand was pretty... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nathan R.
Excellent critique of Darwinian thought by a noted philosopher. He discusses the in-depth inadequacies of Darwinian thought with regard to humans. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Stove's wonderful. The first essay alone is worth the Kindle price, and you get ten extra that are just as good. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Walt
"Even if such a tribe could somehow continue in existence, it is extremely difficult to imagine how our species, as we now know it to be, could ever have graduated from so very... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Geneticist
This book is a great book. Maybe most people should not read it.
Creationists should not read it, because they are going to take the shallowest possible view of it, and... Read more
Stove is an agnostic philosopher of science. He examines many modern sociobiological theories advanced by Darwinians. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Chartowich
Excellent service. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Especially well done was the author's exposition of the Cambrian explosion, an issue seldom noted by many Darwinists. Thank you.Published 24 months ago by Ronald E. Iden