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Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction Hardcover – June 30, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (June 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313321221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313321221
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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

About the Author

Eugenie C. Scott is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She has written extensively on the evolution-creationism controversy and is past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Niles Eldredge is Curator in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
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Scott's writing style is pleasant and accessible, making the book a pleasure to read.
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I've read many books on evolution and honestly was hesitant to purchase book because I thought I already have a good grasp on the topic.
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If you are looking for an introduction to the evolution vs. creation debate, I highly recommend this book!
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379 of 428 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Weitzenhoffer on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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232 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Kruse on 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 By Taner Edis on August 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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89 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Matt Fabian on December 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By Midwest Book Review on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Lawrence S. Lerner on August 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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