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Life- How did it get here? By evolution or by creation? Hardcover – Import, 1985

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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: WATCHTOWER AND BIBLE TRACT SOCIETY OF NEW YORK; First edition. edition (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000EE14G
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By BeanSnacks on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A complete misrepresentation of the sciences of the natural world and the theory of evolution. Full of fallacies, errors, strawman arguments, misquotes, misleading language, and appeals to ignorance. The anonymous authors did little to no real research on the subject of evolution, and the arguments presented in this book show that they have zero understanding of the concept. Scientists are repeatedly misquoted and their words taken out of context. Facts are twisted on every page to conform to their distorted view of the scientific method and the vast amounts of evidence from observational reality.

For example, page after page the Watchtower authors proclaim that the only alternative to Creation is "random chance". They point to a seemingly complex life form, say for example, a Redwood Tree, and ask if such a beautiful thing could possibly have come about by "chance". This is a very misleading statement, since evolution and natural selection is not chance -- in fact, it is the exact opposite of chance. It is this sort of misinformation that depends on the ignorance of the reader regarding the basics of evolution, and further confuses and misleads them by staging invalid arguments that completely misrepresent real science.

Another example is how they use the famous Piltdown Man hoax as proof of a scientific conspiracy regarding human ancestors. But it was scientists who exposed this hoax way back in the 1950's!

The Watchtower now has to conveniently ignore and hide from the fact that scientists have since successfully retrieved Neanderthal DNA from a frozen specimen, and are currently mapping the Neanderthal genome. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The amount of physical, testable evidence disputing the Watchtower's claims is staggering.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By butterfly8888 on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The teachings in this book are the most extreme among the young Earth Christian creationists. I don't even need to comment on the veracity of those viewpoints.

Since this is a book review, I'll stick to reviewing its literary value, which is less than zero.

I went to the library and checked the references cited in the book. In about an hour I found a ton of gross misquotes and misrepresentations.

They even had the audacity to misquote Carl Sagan: "According to Carl Sagan, fossils could prove there is a Creator." [Ch5 p.70] In the referenced work, Carl Sagan said the opposite. (In his later book, "Broca's Brain", he called the author "shamelessly dishonest".)
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Life--How Did It Get Here?" is published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the publisher for the literature of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The title of the book is a dead giveaway to how inaccurate the contents are. The theory of evolution does not address how life 'got here.' This is a common misconception among creationists. This error is repeated in the book, which mistakenly equates abiogenesis with evolution.

The main problem with the book is the out-of-context quote-mining it does of prominent scientists in order to present the illusion that there is real dissent in the scientific community over evolution as fact. According to the latest polls, only 0.15% of all biologists in the U.S. are creationists. The details of some of these misrepresentations are present in other reviews.

Another gross error committed by this publication is the illustration on page 94 that depicts an Australopithecus, Chimpanzee, and Human skull. The anonymous author is trying to show that Australopithecus was not a forerunner of the human race, but another kind of ape, and points out that the human skull stands out from the "ape-like" appearance of the other two. However, the depiction of the chimpanzee skull is incorrect. The elongated canine teeth are missing, and the skull is depicted much larger in relation to the other two than what it actually is. A correct depiction of the chimpanzee skull would have shown that the Australopithecus and Human appear more similar than the Chimpanzee, thus being an argument against the authors assertion.

Conveniently, the book does cite all of its sources in the last few pages, so any sincere student of the sciences can easily see how deliberately--almost pridefully--misleading this book actually is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Albert on July 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
totally dishonest presentation, designed for the scientifically uneducated and and rhetorically gullable.

of the many, many misleading statements and misrepresentations found in this book, the quotations of sir richard dawkins are among the most flagrant. happily, he calls them out on this in one of his books, the god delusion. a video exists of professer dawkins and his wife reading that section of the book; just youtube "richard dawkins debunks watchtower".
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tasty Rerun on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not a scientific or reasonable book. It is propaganda, plain and simple. The fallacious arguments put forth in this book are hardly worth refuting if you have any actual understanding of the science of evolutionary biology, but for the average, non-scientific individual this book pulls out every dirty bit of sleight of hand there is to convince them of it's message: evolution is evil and atheistic, creation is the only answer.

They misquote people, misrepresent evidence, quote quacks and frauds, play games with probabilities, claim that scientists "don't know" things that have been known for decades, and do an awful lot of hand-waving to distract the reader from the fact that they are not making any sense.

A horrific crime against reason and dignity. The Watchtower Society should be ashamed of themselves for publishing this book.
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