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Darwinism, Design and Public Education (Rhetoric & Public Affairs) Paperback – November 30, 2003
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John Angus Campbell is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis.
Stephen C. Meyer is Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Meyer has co-written or edited two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education and Science and Evidence of Design in the Universe. He has also authored numerous technical articles as well as editorials in magazines and newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, First Things, and the National Review.
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1) As noted, both volumes have articles from both the pro- and anti-ID viewpoints. That's fine--in fact that is good! Dialogue and debate can only serve to make progress towards better understanding both intelligent design and evolutionary theoryin this issue. However, progress is best served when the playing fields are level.
Numbers-wise, DDPE has a more balanced presentation with about 43% of the articles from the "con" (i.e. pro-evolution side); in IDC and its Critics, only about 33% are from the "con" (i.e. pro-ID) side. That difference is minor, for the real story is told in how the articles are placed.
In IDC and its Critics, the articles from the "con" (i.e. pro-ID) side seemed like mere foils which were almost always then be clobbered to death by 1 to 5 articles from the pro-evolution side. Counter-rebuttal from design advocates seemed rare, and design advocates were rarely given the last word on any issue. In DDPE, the articles from the con side seemed to be genuine rebuttals which were left to stand for themselves. In fact, the entire last section of the book is almost entirely devoted to letting critics have their say.Read more ›
The fact is, most proponents of macro evolutionist theory, when thoroughly questioned, do not even know what it is, have never taken a biology course, nor could they explain the difference between natural selection itself (aka. adaptation, a phenomenon which can be empirically observed as occurring in nature) and the theory that entirely new species of living creatures make the quantum leap from a previous species to a complete other via the motor of natural selection (merely a theoretical model used to explain the broad variation of species, which is not able to be empirically proven through simple observation, only assumed through deduction).
One such lay proponent of neo-Darwinist theory has been busily flaming this very review board. His name is Tom Sullivan of York, Pennsylvania. Due to a sheer lack of understanding of what ID is and an absence of any semblance of objectivity, his reviews are absolutely useless to sincerely interested observers.Read more ›
Having read a good many books and articles for and against ID as a basis for comparison, I have a positive impression of the Campbell/Meyer book. It is more readable than some others that contain an equivalent amount of semi-technical information. Its message: Questions about Darwinian theory raised by ID should be taught in science classrooms to stimulate critical thinking about science, education, and religion. At the outset, rhetorician John Angus Campbell sets the tone in "Why Are We Still Debating Darwinism? Why Not Teach the Controversy?" He and philosopher Stephen Meyer both contribute to Part I, on aspects of the public school questions. Part II critiques the way evolution has been taught. Part III lets proponents make their case for ID as a scientific alternative. Part IV gives critics of ID their turn, beginning with a clear analysis of ID's shortcomings by rhetorician Celeste Michelle Condit. Philosopher Michael Ruse and others weigh in, but ID pioneer Phillip Johnson gets the final word.Read more ›
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This miserable collection of papers is yet another blatant attempt by Intelligent Design advocates to demonstrate that their idea has ample scientific validity and is not... Read morePublished on May 27, 2007 by John Kwok
This balanced volume contains essays by both supporters and critics debating intelligent design and whether design should be allowed in public school science classes. Read morePublished on June 21, 2006 by Discovery Reviewer
I intend to make only several "quick" observations:
Since Denton's Nature's Destiny and Behe's work, and now this current book, for example, it would seem that any... Read more
This book is more ID-iotic trash from the Intelligent Design (ID) propaganda machine at the primary ID think tank, the Discovery Institute. Read morePublished on August 30, 2005 by Tom Sullivan
EDIT (6/13/04): My apologies for dual reviews; the first I submitted did not appear for a couple of days and I had not saved the text, so I wrote another. Read morePublished on June 12, 2004 by Travisimo
When doing research on the Darwinism / Intelligent Design debate, a plethora of books and articles could be proposed as suggested reading. Read morePublished on June 11, 2004 by Travisimo
A fair indicator of the value of Darwin, Design and Public Education can be inferred from some of the hysterical reviews that it is getting. Read morePublished on March 22, 2004 by Mit
This is an important anthology to add to anyone's collection of resources on Intelligent Design and the theory of evolution. Read morePublished on March 15, 2004 by Philip R Abbey
There are two controversies surrounding neo-Darwinian evolution - one scientific about Darwin's theory itself and the merits of intelligent design theory, and a second over whether... Read morePublished on January 13, 2004 by Cooper