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Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott , Niles Eldredge
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Almost eighty years after the Scopes trial, the debate over the teaching of evolution continues to rage. There is no easy resolution--it is a complex topic with profound scientific, religious, educational, and legal implications. How can a student or parent understand this issue, which is such a vital part of education? Evolution vs. Creationism provides a badly needed, comprehensive, and balanced survey. Written by one of the leading advocates for the teaching of evolution in the United states, this accessible resource provides an introduction to the many facets of the current debate--the scientific evidence for evolution, the legal and educational basis for its teaching, and the various religious points of view--as well as a concise history of the evolution-creationism controversy.
Each of the four sections of Evolution vs. Creationism provides a resource that will assist the reader in better understanding these issues. The first section addresses the nature of how evolution works as part of the scientific enterprise, as well as a summary of the relationship between religious beliefs and science. A section on the history of the controversy provides a handy synopsis of the lengthy struggles, from before Darwin to the present day, between advocates of creationism and the proponents of evolution. A collection of primary source documents addressing cosmology, law, education, and religious issues from all sides of the debate constitute the third section. The book concludes with a selection of resources for further information for those who wish to study the topic in more depth.

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"The executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which advocates the teaching of evolution in U.S. schools, has written a valuable manual to the debate. It includes a section on evolution as part of the scientific process, a history of creationism, primary source materials from both sides, and a list of further resources."-

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Provides one-stop shopping for students, parents, and teachers who want to know more about all aspects of the evolution-creationism controversy.

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  • File Size: 3715 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0520246500
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (June 30, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0020HRSY2
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362 of 409 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem with debating creationists March 16, 2005
Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon -- it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory.

The pro-creationist reviewers of this book clearly demonstrate this to be true.
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231 of 268 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature of Science July 15, 2004
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Eugenie Scott explains the nature of science: Science is guided by natural law, is explanatory by reference to law, is testable against the empirical world, is always tentative and subject to revision and is falsifiable. Creationism is an act of faith without testing and fails the nature of science.
What many do not understand is that there is 1) no general all-purpose scientific method, 2) science is not only about experiments, 3) science is not invulnerable to fraud, 4) science can never provide final or absolute truth and 5) there are questions that science cannot answer. Science never proposes an irrefutable hypothesis such as "God did it!" Science accepts what cannot otherwise be disproven - and keeps testing, always looking for the defects and failures.
Following Garrett Hardin's method of taking the opposite view, Ms. Scott makes a concerted effort on behalf of "Intelligent Design" and creationism proponents. The ID folks refuse to allow Ms. Scott to quote from their published materials, contrary to the norms of open and democractic discussion.
The nature of science is that science is an act of nonfaith and is always subject to further testing. Science can never rely on the supernatural. There is no conflict between science and creationism. There is only a conflict in the minds of those who only rely upon the supernatural and faith.
Ms. Scott presents a credible, easy to read and understand discussion. This book belongs in the hands of every K-12 and university educator, minister, school board and the general public.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to Evolution vs. Creation August 16, 2004
Scott's book is probably the best on the creation/evolution dispute available at the moment which is accessible to students. It carefully addresses an audience which does not have a great deal of background knowledge of the subject.  People who are already deeply involved in the creation/evolution wars might find some of its material, particularly its characterizations of the nature of science, overly simplistic.  But that should be no concern.  Cutting some corners is unavoidable in any basic text.  The book is ideal for its market.  Many, such as myself, who have been teaching on the subject have lamented the lack of a good introduction for beginning students.  This is exactly what we need, and it fills an important gap in the available material.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction December 6, 2005
As someone who was reared in Creationism, but is currently thoroughly confused about the whole topic, this was a very helpful book. It is a great introduction to all the issues surrounding the evolution/creation debate: science, history, politics.

For me, it was helpful in pointing out many misnomers about evolution. For example, evolution does not teach that man came from apes, but that they came from a common ancestor. Also, the way scientists define "fact" and "theory" are very different from what we commonly think. Theories are the highest form scientific findings and facts are the lowest, opposite of what most think.

I took 1 star away b/c I felt the title is a bit misleading. I thought the book would present both sides but not take sides. The book does take sides: it is pro-evolution. I do think the author does her best to understand and explain the positions of Creationists. No, maybe she can't be totally unbiased since she is an evolutionist, but who can be totally unbiased? Would a Creationist be unbiased?
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History of the Creationism/Evolution Controversy September 8, 2004
Evolution vs. Creationism by Eugenie C. Scott (Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education and former president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists) is an ideal introduction to the concepts of evolution and creationism. Methodical, adhering to the highest standards of academic research, and superbly organized in its presentation, Evolution vs. Creationism is organized into three major sections: Science, Evolution, Religion, and Creationism; A History of the Creationism/Evolution Controversy; and Selections from the Literature. Evolution vs. Creationsim is informed and informative reading for both students and non-specialist general readers. Strongly recommended for both school and community library collections, Evolution vs Creationism is significantly enhanced with ten pages of "References for Further Study; as well as a Name Index and a Subject Index.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Introduction August 11, 2004
The public-school science curriculum is always an attractive target for screwballs, medical quacks, pseudoscientists, religious extremists, and people with fringe political agendas. What better way to get one's views accepted than to convert impressionable youngsters?

Among the many movements that have tried to substitute their views for real science, none are more prominent or better known in the United States than the creationists.

There are several species of creationists, and they have evolved over the years, racing to keep ahead of court decisions that have recognized increasingly sophisticated and slippery pseudoscientific assertions as veiled sectarian religion.

No one is better qualified to explain the history, content, PR activities, and legal maneuverings of creationism than Dr. Eugenie Scott, the longtime director of the National Center for Science Education. NCSE is the resource center for scientists, educators, and their allies who have rallied to defend their state or local science curricula from the unceasing incursions of creationism. So, of course, Dr. Scott knows the territory - probably better than anyone else.

There are many books describing creationism. Written from the standpoints of both creationists and their critics, these books have covered the field from the perspectives of history, science, religion, philosophy, law, and politics, among others. What Dr. Scott has endeavored to do in this book is to cover the field from all these perspectives and more, at a level friendly to the newcomer to the issue as well as to high-school and college students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Scott gives and excellent clarification of the scientific...
Dr Scott gives and excellent clarification of the scientific definitions of theory, law, hypothesis, and fact. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Daily McHugher
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK!
The book “Evolution vs. Creationism” by Professor Scott goes into the specifics (details) of evidence for Evolution and why Creationism is a false pseudoscience! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Joseph Carrion
5.0 out of 5 stars The Controversy Has Many Facets
Dr. Scott has put together an excellent book describing the various facets of the evolution versus creationism controversy including comparative examples of the primary arguments... Read more
Published 4 months ago by EDWARD J GEORGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Religion versus Science?
This book goes a long way to compare and contrast the Biblical account of creation of species versus the scientific version. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Art
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I had to purchase the book for a religion class that I took last spring. I didn't expect to love this book so much. I only wish that we used it more often in the class. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Socks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of the battle between science and pseudo-science
After decades of advocating good science education, Eugenie Scott has announced her retirement from the National Center for Science Education. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dennis C. Wilson
Eugenie Carol Scott (born 1945) is an American physical anthropologist who has been the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) since 1987; she is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steven H. Propp
1.0 out of 5 stars Completly biased
If you hoping for an unbiased book your looking at the wrong one, this is an important book to read to get the perspective of a evolutionist.
Published 15 months ago by Joseph Widlan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Comparison
This book makes clear: Creationism nor evolution are not just about biology or 'Darwinism'. The author gives a fair treatment to both sides including historical background. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JB
1.0 out of 5 stars Evolution Gone Flat
It's amazing how millions of years ago all the matter in the universe came together and through the "magic" of evolution produced a book so inane. Science is great! Read more
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