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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 2nd edition (March 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743290313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743290319
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A persuasive book. It will speak to the layman and perhaps even to professional evolutionists as well, if they are able to suspend for a little while their own judgment about origins, the ultimate black box." -- The Washington Times

"An argument of great originality, elegance, and intellectual power. . . . No one can propose to defend Darwin without meeting the challenges set out in this superbly written and compelling book." -- David Berlinski, author of A Tour of the Calculus

"Overthrows Darwin at the end of the twentieth century in the same way that quantum theory overthrew Newton at the beginning." -- George Gilder in National Review

"[Behe] is the most prominent of the small circle of scientists working on intelligent design, and his arguments are by far the best known." -- H. Allen Orr in The New Yorker

"When examined with the powerful tools of modern biology, but not with its modern prejudices, life on a biochemical level can be a product, Behe says, only of intelligent design. Coming from a practicing biologist. . . this proposition is close to heretical." -- The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Michael J. Behe is a Professor of Biological Science at Lehigh University, where he has worked since 1985. From 1978 to 1982 he did postdoctoral work on DNA structure at the National Institutes of Health. From 1982 to 1985 he was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Queens College in New York City. He has authored more than forty technical papers, but he is best known as the author of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. He lives near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and nine children.

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This book is a deathblow to Darwin's theory of evolution.
Anthony H.
I thought the book was excellent and recommend it to those seeking to explore the "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design" debate.
S. Cooney
Second, Behe fails to demonstrate that natural selection could not have created his "irreducibly complex" systems.
Robbie T.

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64 of 79 people found the following review helpful By S. Cooney on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up several years ago after reading an essay entitled "The Deniable Darwin" by David Berlinski. I thought the book was excellent and recommend it to those seeking to explore the "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design" debate.

Consider those who claim to have debunked this book carefully. The so-called "debunking" of the irreduceable complexity of the bacterial flagellum and the blood-clotting cascade are out there online for anyone who knows how to use a search engine. Check it out. Behe has responded online to his critics as well. Judge for yourself who fares better.

Many of Behe's critics here point to the Dover school board decision as settling the issue once and for all. But science doesn't work that way. Yesterday's heretic is today's hero.

Behe's argument that irreduceable complexity at the cellular level can't be explained by Darwinist principles is a powerful one. He's the barbarian at the gate. Don't take my word for it - listen to the shrill tone of the critics here. They take this book personally - I mean they really hate it. When they defend their theory by personally attacking its critic as they've done here, one has to wonder "What's up"?

What's fascinating is that the critics of Behe's book dismiss him and all of his supporters as religious fanatics. They snort and say "It's not science"... Again, judge for yourselves. This book is what it says it is, a challenge to evolution. So far, they haven't really answered it, although they say they have.

So-called microevolution is not disputed by anyone. Macroevolution is another matter entirely. There is no theory (except for Gould's punctuated equilibrium) that adequately addresses the fossil record.
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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Ferro on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Judging by the emotive responses, there are few people able to view this topic objectively or dispassionately.

This book is an interesting journey through microbiology that was unimaginable only a few short decades ago. Behe's arguments are easy to understand. He has already made his point by the end of chapter two: the rest of the book is almost overkill. Evolutionists claim that "most of his arguments have been debunked" but I have seen little evidence of this.
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20 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 8, 2013
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Behe wrote in the Preface to this 1996 book, "Darwin was ignorant of the reason for variation within a species... It was once expected that the basis of life would be exceedingly simple. That expectation has been smashed... the elegance and complexity of biological systems at the molecular level have paralyzed science's attempt to account for the origin of specific, complex biomolecular systems..." (Pg. x) He clarifies, "I have no reason to doubt that the universe is ... billions of years old ... I find the idea of common descent ... fairly convincing, and have no particular reason to doubt it... Although Darwin's mechanism ... might explain many things... I do not believe it explains molecular life." (Pg. 5-6) [NOTE: page numbers refer to the 307-page hardcover editon.]

He notes, "Darwin convinced many of his readers that an evolutionary pathway leads from the simplest light-sensitive spot to the sophistaced camera-eye of man. But the question of how vision began remained unanswered... he did not even try to explain where his starting point---the relatively simple light-sensitive spot---came from." (Pg. 18) He states, "Each of the anatomical steps and structures that Darwin thought were so simple actually involves staggeringly complicated biochemical processes... Anatomy is... irrelevant to the question of whether evolution could take place on the molecular level. So is the fossil record... Until recently, evolutionary biologists could be unconcerned with the molecular details of life because so little was known about them. Now the black box of the cell has been opened, and the infinitesimal world that stands revealed must be explained." (Pg. 22)

He asks, "What type of biological system could not be formed by 'numerous, successive, slight modifications'? ...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2015
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"A single flaw in the cell's labyrinthine protein-transport pathway is fatal. Unless the entire system were immediately in place, our ancestors would have suffered a similar fate. Attempts at a gradual evolution of the protein transport system are a recipe for extinction." ~ Michael Behe

To say "Darwin's Black Box" is challenging is a bit of an understatement. Unless you were paying close attention in biology class and have read the appendix of this book, some of this book may be a little complex. Even Michael Behe suggests you may want to read a biochemistry textbook. At least if you have pictures of cells and DNA in your mind this book is easier to understand. Especially if you've seen it all animated in a film - that makes it even more interesting.

Michael Behe's main point is that life is based on highly sophisticated molecular machines. And he believes these machines were designed by someone intelligent. I will have to admit that the bacterial flagellar motor shouts "I'm designed." You just have to see the picture to believe it.

Part One and Part Three of this book are easier to read than Part Two. Part Two contains some mind-blowingly complex explanations. You will be amazed at the complexity of life, especially blood clotting and how the immune system works. You will finally understand irreducible complexity completely. A lot of authors throw that concept around but Behe makes sure you understand it deeply. You will see how systems that require several components to function could not have evolved.

I think Michael Behe is a true scientist because he is not afraid of asking very difficult questions and he goes where the evidence leads. He is constantly asking "why?, how?, when?". He also comes to very logical conclusions and is sometimes lol funny.
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