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Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design

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"Marshall writes in a practical style so that all of his readers can come to understand evolution and can make a thoughtful conclusion on a controversial topic. Recommended for . . . students of biology, history of science, and religious studies, as well as researchers and scholars."
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“Standing on the knife-edge between traditional evolutionary theory and Intelligent Design, this book will inflame both dogmatic Darwinists and Creationists. It’s irritating to both because it’s friendly to the idea of evolution itself, and because it judges Darwinism too close-minded and reductive. . . . While most scientists submit to self-censorship and dare not question cherished assumptions, the boldest scientists like Albert Einstein, Francis Crick and Stephen Hawking never feared such taboos. Whether agnostics, atheists or believers, they never shrank back from big questions or unconventional solutions. Evolution and design are not either-or, but both-and.”
—Jean-Claude Perez, author, Codex Biogenesis and retired IBM Biomathematics and Artificial Intelligence Interdisciplinary Researcher

“Marshall is making an invaluable contribution toward more open and honest discussion on the subject of evolution versus creation. The book is well written, often witty, and is extremely thought provoking. . . . It is amazing that this ‘non-biologist’ has analyzed life phenomena at the cellular and molecular levels to such depth and width by applying information gained by cutting-edge methods in the life sciences!”
—Dr. Kwang Jeon, Editor, International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, University of Tennessee

“Any person of faith who cares about how creation reveals God—and how evolution is actually a devastating arsenal of evidence against atheism—should add Evolution 2.0 to the extreme tippy-top of their reading list. Evolution 2.0 is equally shocking to both atheists and Christians, a genuine eye-opener in a category of its own.”
—D. Bnonn Tenant, ThinkingMatters.org.nz

“A very readable book and a devastating attack on the neo-Darwinist orthodoxy that evolution is nothing but natural selection acting on random variation.”
—Peter Saunders, co-director, Institute of Science in Society, and Emeritus professor of Applied Mathematics, King’s College, London

“With considerable wit and amazing insight, Marshall delivers a compelling and forceful synthesis that sets a new standard for discussions about the relationship between science and faith. The result is no less than astonishing.”
—Mark McMenamin, Professor of Geology, Mount Holyoke College

“The book is wonderfully thought-provoking, as Perry brings a fresh perspective to the increasingly arid (and acrimonious) debate between Intelligent Design and methodological naturalism.”
—Crofton Brierley, MS Biochemistry, Oxford University, former department head, Marconi Optical

“A remarkable and useful resume of the state-of-the-art of this great problem of science.”
—Stuart Pivar, author, Lifecode and On The Origin of Form, and cofounder, New York Academy of Art

“I am committed to Young Earth Creationism, and thus cannot agree with some of Perry's conclusions. However, I highly recommend this book to any skeptic who is committed to a purely materialistic paradigm. The science presented here - from the latest research to the most engaging minds on this subject—make this the one book you should read.”
—Ray Glinski, MS in Biochemistry, Pastor at Grace Church of DuPage

Evolution 2.0 is a modern philosophical marvel unlike anything I have read in my years of study. It allowed me to put down my guard. The author was not compelling me to believe in an ideology, but rather taking me alongside his journey of self-discovery. I came into this book hesitant. As a staunch creationist I found myself trying to fight with Marshall early on, but his arguments and presentation were flawless and compelling. It was refreshing to see someone examine both sides honestly.”
—Marie Sarantakis, Comparative Religion Scholar, Carthage College

“Armed with computer science and electrical engineering, Perry fights an uphill battle to unite the space between those who believe evolution is random and those who believe species are designed by God, who in some cases deny evolution itself. . . . Judge this book by the science within its pages—and enjoy the story.”
—Andras Pellionisz, Biophysicist, Founder of Fractogene; PhD, Computer Technology, PhD, Biology, PhD, Physics

“Sometimes the only way a puzzle gets solved is when someone looks at it with fresh eyes. Perry Marshall is an engineer who started to investigate biology. His book could signal a paradigm shift in the battle between Darwinian evolution and creation/ID. Maybe the war is over. Respond, criticize and debate it . . . just don't dismiss it.”
—Justin Brierley, host, Unbelievable? radio program and podcast

Evolution 2.0 is clearly the best book I have read on the topic. It helped me far better understand the fallacy of random mutations and how they are really introduced. This is something I was never taught in genetics in undergrad or medical school.”
—Joseph Mercola, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The No-Grain Diet and Effortless Healing

From the Author

No one is indifferent to the question of "Creation-Evolution." Everyone wants to know. When I explain the discoveries in this book to people of all walks of life, they're immediately fascinated. Yes, even at dinner parties.

I presented this at a secular business function in Chicago. Afterward, person after person thanked me for resolving, in one woman's words, "this ridiculous conflict between science and religion." (She happened to be a Buddhist.) Others thanked me for revealing science that no one else had bothered to tell them. One entrepreneur, an owner of a multi-million dollar company, borrowed ideas from nature and re-invented his business.

Recently I gave evolution / intelligent design talks to two different conservative Christian home school groups. Both times, the organizers were besieged beforehand with nervous emails from concerned parents, wondering what I was about to teach their kids. Most embraced creationism and were wary. But afterwards, nothing but gratitude. An eager group of parents and kids stayed for two hours after, hammering me with curious questions.

Contrary to what Creationists always told you, evolution is not a hoax. Scientists engineer new species in the lab at breathtaking speed every day. The mystery behind this is the cell's spectacular ability to produce and modify code.

Contrary to what Darwinists always told you, evolution is not steered by blind mutations. Rather it is fueled by the ability for nearly every cell in existence to cut, splice, re-arrange and re-engineer its own DNA. They do this in direct response to hundreds of inputs from their changing environment.

To get to the bottom of this mystery, I've formed an investment group offering a technology prize for Origin of Information.
The prize caps at ten million dollars. It seeks a material answer to the question: "How do you get a non-living, non-programmed system to organize a sequence of predictive choices - machine-building instructions like 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 - without a designer?" This problem is trickier than it first appears. Origin of life demands an answer to this question; meanwhile, cells do this every day... but how do they do it?

Every technology innovation we seek has already been solved in the cell, we just need to study it.

This book bridges the gap between two opposing sides (creationism and Darwinism), each of which told you less than half the story. This book shatters traditional boundaries between science and religion, showing the way to new medical and technological breakthroughs.

As this book has come to fruition, many people have come out of the woodwork, expressing almost identical frustrations at how both extremes in the debate have ceased looking for answers, and only push their tired dogmas. The task of discovery is never done. My dream for this book is that it will usher in a 2nd Renaissance of curiosity, wonder and exploration about the universe we are part of.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940363802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940363806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An honest review from somebody that ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK!

If you have a fixed mindset (meaning no amount of evidence or science could ever open your mind to new perspectives), then this book is not for you. However, if you're not sure where you stand on the topic of Evolution versus Creationism, or perhaps you have a hunch that this isn't an either/or question, then this book will give you a FAIR assessment of both sides of the question while REFERENCING tons of other authors and research. This book is not Perry Marshall's opinion on the topic of evolution, it's a collection of gathered research laid our for the reader to come to their conclusion based on years of prior research from both sides of this topic. In fact, Perry actually takes you through his personal journey of doubt that almost shattered his entire belief system.

This book serves both as an excellent "101" starting point if you're new to the debate, or if you're a professional in the field, you can follow Perry's explanations at a very detailed level by following-up on his well documented resources.

NOTE to the wise: A book written about a polarizing topic is going to have critics at both ends of the spectrum and this book is no different. However, be very cautious about reviews from unverified purchases or individuals that appear to not have read this book. In reading all of the reviews on this book, it's apparent that there's a coordinated attack from a group of individuals that have not read the book and are determined to attack the product simply because it's conclusions do not align with their fixed views on the topic. Don't fall prey to their shallow assessments when they haven't even flipped a page in the book.
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Would have 5 stars but for a few mistakes- First mistake was saying that whales have feet- the diminished bones are from fins/ flippers, not legs with feet. Another mistake was saying that DNA is a self-replicator- it isn't. DNA gets replicated in the cellular replication process. Left to itself DNA wouldn't self-replicate. On page 53 Perry states that "GGG makes glycine"- wrong. GGG codes for glycine. And finally Perry messed up on ID. Perhaps he should have read "Not By Chance" and "the Evolution Revolution" by Lee Spetner as those books mirror Perry's thoughts, ie evolution by design.

That said Perry squashes Darwinism and neo-darwinism- all unguided evolutionary scenarios. He lays down the gauntlet and offers 3.1 million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate mother nature can produce a code- yes the genetic code is a real code with mRNA codons representing (ie symbolizing) amino acids. Evolutionists are willfully ignorant of that fact or they hold out hope that someone will prove Perry is wrong. Good luck with that.
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I'd prefer a 4.5-star review, but it's definitely way better than a 4. . . .

The first 152 pages (beginning with Chapter 2) are stellar. With only a couple of minor tweaks, they should be required reading in every high school biology class.

Marshall absolutely trashes the neo-Darwinian evolutionary “model.” NOT because he is opposed to the idea of evolution, but because he demonstrates why the whole “undirected,” “purposeless,” “random-mutation” BASE of the “neo-Darwinian consensus” is not only un-SCIENTIFIC, but wholly ANTI-scientific. It is a fundamentalist just-so story with as little real scientific evidence FOR it–and as much AGAINST it–as is the fundamentalist anti-evolutionary story of the young-earth creationists.

So. What does this iconoclast suggest in place of either or both of these venerated hypotheses?

He introduces (to those of us who are otherwise unaware) or–if you happen to be one of the rare group of people who are not specialists in the field and are, yet, aware of these things–he PRESENTS at least five tools that have not only CONCEPTUAL but EXPERIMENTAL evidence for the FACT that they are sources of real evolutionary changes that are helpful-to-the-species-in-which-they-occur and/or productive-of-new-species. Specifically, he describes and explains
* DNA transposition;
* horizontal gene transfer;
* epigenetics;
* symbiogenesis (creating/evolving new species; demonstrated in the laboratory); and
* genome duplication. (I don’t recall that Perry produces laboratory evidence that this has produced new species, but he at least presents the tantalizing evidence for how and why it APPEARS new species have been created in this manner.
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Before I started reading this book, I made a conscious decision to put my biases aside and take an objective approach at listening to what the author had to say. I was glad to see that the author stated something very similar right in the first chapter: "I decided: I am going to get to the bottom of this. Even if it costs me everything. I just want to know what's true."

I am a truth seeker as well and I firmly believe that Mr. Marshall tried his best to present the true facts as he had researched them. There are hundreds of references that anyone can go study for themselves.

I really liked it that he debunked many scientific "facts" that had been proven wrong years ago. This shows a HUGE short coming in the scientific community for not keeping the general public up-to-date on this important information. I realize that there are science journals and things like that, but maybe there should be things like widespread press releases published in mainstream media whenever a major scientific theory is proved wrong. A starting point would be making sure that science students have the most accurate up-to-date information possible.

Regarding some specific information in the book, I found it interesting that of the 5 types of evolution...

1. Epigenetics
2. Transposition
3. Horizontal Gene Transfer
4. Hybridization
5. Symbiogenesis

...hybridization and symbiogenesis happens the least often. Shouldn't we have seen far more new species such as mules (horse/donkey hybrid) and ligers (lion/tiger hybrid)? I also find it interesting that these hybrids only form within their own branch of animal classification such as felines, bovines, canines, etc.
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