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Michael J. Behe, a biochemist at Lehigh University, presents here a scientific argument for the existence of God. Examining the evolutionary theory of the origins of life, he can go part of the way with Darwin--he accepts the idea that species have been differentiated by the mechanism of natural selection from a common ancestor. But he thinks that the essential randomness of this process can explain evolutionary development only at the macro level, not at the micro level of his expertise. Within the biochemistry of living cells, he argues, life is "irreducibly complex." This is the last black box to be opened, the end of the road for science. Faced with complexity at this level, Behe suggests that it can only be the product of "intelligent design." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Charles Darwin's theory of life's evolution through natural selection and random mutation fails to account for the origin of astonishingly complex biomolecular systems, argues Behe, associate professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. In this spirited, witty critique of neo-Darwinian thinking, he focuses on five phenomena: blood clotting; cilia, oar-like bundles of fibers; the human immune system; transport of materials within the cell; and the synthesis of nucleotides, building blocks of DNA. In each case, he finds systems that are irreducibly complex?no gradual, step-by-step, Darwinian route led to their creation. As an alternative explanation, Behe infers that complex biochemical systems (i.e., life) were designed by an intelligent agent, whether God, extraterrestrials or a universal force. He notes that Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA's double-helix structure, proposed that life began when aliens from another planet sent a rocket ship containing spores to seed Earth. Perhaps Behe's plea for incorporating a "theory of intelligent design" into mainstream biology will spark interest. Illustrated. Translation and U.K. rights: Simon & Schuster.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Written in a way that allows the nonscience oriented person to be able to follow the reasoning and understand the argument Mr.Behe is making. This is good because Mr. Read morePublished 3 days ago by john r. wilson
You can not read this book and still believe in evolution. Please read this book. It is worth your time.Published 27 days ago by Bryan
This book is great prof for a creator God he unfortunately still has a hard time accepting the implications of fully cumiting to a belief in the one true God I recommend reading... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Montgomery
I thought this was a great read, and if you actually read what ID prepossess, it has nothing to do with religion whatsoever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Pappas
Certainly, there are mysteries in biochemistry. (I speak as someone with a postgraduate degree in the subject, so go ahead and dismiss my views because, unlike the author, I won't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by desertrodent
Misinformed garbage. What a shame trees needed to die to print this kind of drivel.Published 2 months ago by Peter Stevenson
Hard to believe this guy still calls himself an evolutionist. Handles a difficult complex subject with finesse and humor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James J. Denike
Behe makes biochemistry accessible (an immensely complex subject), which is why I am not giving it one star, but unfortunately some of his arguments have been refuted since... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jack Baxter
Bebe's attack on Evolution and Darwinism focuses on irreducible complexity or the inability of creatures to possess cells or body parts that will function with fewer parts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Williams