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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design Paperback – August 21, 2006
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In the 1925 Scopes trial, the American Civil Liberties Union sued to allow the teaching of Darwins theory of evolution in public schools. Seventy-five years later, in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the ACLU sued to prevent the teaching of an alternative to Darwins theory known as "Intelligent Design"and won. Why did the ACLU turn from defending the free-speech rights of Darwinists to silencing their opponents? Jonathan Wells reveals that, for todays Darwinists, there may be no other choice: unable to fend off growing challenges from scientists, or to compete with rival theories better adapted to the latest evidence, Darwinismlike Marxism and Freudianism before itis simply unfit to survive.
Wells begins by explaining the basic tenets of Darwinism, and the evidence both for and against it. He reveals, for instance, that the fossil record, which according to Darwin should be teeming with "transitional" fossils showing the development of one species to the next, so far hasnt produced a single incontestable example. On the other hand, certain well-documented aspects of the fossil recordsuch as the Cambrian explosion, in which innumerable new species suddenly appeared fully formeddirectly contradict Darwins theory. Wells also shows how most of the other "evidence" for evolution including textbook "icons" such as peppered moths, Darwins finches, Haeckels embryos, and the Tree of Lifehas been exaggerated, distorted . . . and even faked.
Wells then turns to the theory of intelligent design (ID), the idea that some features of the natural world, such as the internal machinery of cells, are too "irreducibly complex" to have resulted from unguided natural processes alone. In clear-cut laymans language, he reveals the growing evidence for ID coming out of scientific specialties from microbiology to astrophysics. As Wells explains, religion does play a role in the debate over Darwinthough not in the way evolutionists claim. Wells shows how Darwin reasoned that evolution is true because divine creation "must" be falsea theological assumption oddly out of place in a scientific debate. In other words, Darwinists materialistic, atheistic assumptions rule out any theories but their own, and account for their willingness to explain away the evidenceor lack of it.
Darwin is an emperor who has no clothes but it takes a brave man to say so. Jonathan Wells, a microbiologist with two Ph.D.s (from Berkeley and Yale), is that brave man. Most textbooks on evolution are written by Darwinists with an ideological ax to grind. Brave dissidentsqualified scientistswho try to teach or write about intelligent design are silenced and sent to the academic gulag. But fear not: Jonathan Wells is a liberator. He unmasks the truth about Darwinism why it is wrong and what the real evidence is. He also supplies a revealing list of "Books Youre Not Supposed to Read" (as far as the Darwinists are concerned) and puts at your fingertips all the evidence you need to challenge the most closed-minded Darwinist.
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Let me start the criticism with that term. It appears to have been chosen more to irritate the other side than because it most accurately describes his opponents. Darwin did not, after all, know about genetics -- as Wells makes clear -- or the supposed engine of innovation, random mutations. It would be like calling the General Theory of Relativity "Newtonism" -- both overly pejorative and underly accurate.
But my main criticism is that Well's argument against neo-Darwinian evolution (NDE, a better term) is not that strong. He allocated one chapter each to overturning the evidence from fossils and from genetics -- both mostly seemed like hand-waving, generalizations, and rank assertions, to me. He should at least have admitted that the general pattern of fossil evidence does show progression and development over four billion years. I don't think he even mentions the hominid record, or if he did, his mention was hard to notice as a speed sign in a poor town. All in all, on this subject Wells seemed to protest too much, and say too little.
The rest of the book was generally quite good, I thought. Wells deals with philosophical objections well. He shows that ID proponents are engaging in serious science. He demonstrates that there are a lot of very small-minded and virulent critics of ID on college campuses (if you've been around here, you might add Amazon), some of whom seem to have little room in their hearts for the concept of freedom of speech or a marketplace of ideas.Read more ›
The theory in all of these is a well tested model which explains facts and observations. But, none of these subjects when taught in a science class faces the risk of a sticker being put in that states that it is only a theory. The difference with evolution is that there are certain religious adherents who perceive evolution as a threat. Those who think this way are of course, the target market of not only this book, but all the "politically incorrect guide" books.
Why is it that those who argue against the descent of all species from a common ancestor (such as this author) argue against evolution by calling it Darwinism? When someone talks about relativity theory, it is not called Einsteinism even though relativity theory was a completely new theory when illustrated by Einstein, but the evolution of species was already known to the scientifically educated before Darwin was famous.
Charles Darwin showed overwhelming evidence for evolution and he showed how natural selection worked within evolution in order to favor certain traits. Even in the 18th century there were many men who were already developing ideas on species evolving from earlier ones.Read more ›
Ultimately, this book demonstrates the failure of I.D. as science. The author keeps trying to redefine what science should mean in an effort to force inclusion of his ideas; finally he has to divert attention from his lack of evidence with an alleged conspiracy by the powerful "Darwinists" to suppress the bold thinkers (like the author, I guess) who advocate I.D. Worse, though, than its failure as science is I.D.'s failure as theology; by relying solely on things we haven't fully explained yet to support the thesis, the Intelligent Design movement in effect tries to make my God into a god of ignorance. My faith is bigger than natural causes, bigger than rational explanation, and is not subject to peer review; that's why we call it faith, you dunderheads. New discoveries about the universe do not make God smaller, they only make his creation all the more wonderful. Rather than legitimizing religion, forcing religion into a pseudo-scientific mold only makes God (and the advocates of intelligent design) look silly.
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Informational to things i had missed while being busy. ex. How did Darwinism go from theory taught in school to that is the only thing taught (w/o any factual evidence... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lennie
Thorough review of all the problems with Darwinian Evolution, sorting out the equivocal meanings of Darwinian evolution.Published 3 months ago by Mudge
I checked this book out from my library. I'm glad I didn't pay money for it! As another reviewer said, "The title of the book does not do it justice. Read morePublished 3 months ago by virginia m. jenkins
This is well done but I don't much care for the format. Still, Wells did a great job in spite of the PIG guidelines.Published 8 months ago by CKDexter
Wonderful book! Presents a full range of facts on easy to read language style. Quite a pleasure to read.Published 10 months ago by M. Wayne Puckett
More of the same. No, the science of evolution is not on the ropes ready for a knockout blow, and yes the warmed over creationism called Intelligent Design is a belief-based system... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James H. Thomas
Like the environmentalist's claiming there is only settled science for man made global warming leading to climate catastrophe, the opponents of ID are hell bent in destroying even... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marc Swerdloff