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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Big Mac Publishers (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982355440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982355442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences and Chemistry. Senior research scientist for 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical/scientific instrument fields. Served as president and technical expert in an independent computer consulting firm for many years. Taught 20 years in universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Europe. Maintains scienceintegrity.org to expose unsubstantiated pseudo-science.

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Dr. Don Johnson (see video clips from a presentation) has earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He was a senior research scientist for 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical/scientific instrument fields, served as president and technical expert in an independent computer consulting firm for many years, and taught 20 years in universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Europe. He has made ID-Friendly and Intelligent Design Presentations on most continents, including in Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Germany. He now owns and operates Science Integrity with Website www.scienceintegrity.org, which has more details on the books (including excerpts, reviews, and endorsements), as well as interviews, speaking tours, on-line videos, and other information.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who has at least a basic understanding of science and computer technology.
James Pappas
Such information by definition with require an intelligent source and Dr.Johnson show this extremely well through his scientific findings.
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If the methodology the author uses is sound and that will be up to the reader to decide, then the conclusions must be taken seriously.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am not a scientist and after reading the reviews on the original "Scientific Edition" of this book, I decided to buy the "Lite" version. I assumed it would be a more casual look at this topic. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am a college grad, yet this book was very substantive and challenging. It is a clear condensed version for those students or anyone wanting to get a fresh perspective about the challenging question regarding the origins of life.

I am a retired peace officer. When we reviewed and examined evidence, we expressly did our best not to (and certainly shouldn't) bring preconceived ideas into play. I think both sides of this issue tend to do that, those that believe in evolution and that don't. Each is adept at using "opinions" rather than relevant facts, to bolster their views. Both are quite fond of making scientifically unsupportable statements, that sound good, but aren't provable.

In fact, as peace officers our mantra was to let the "evidence" tell the story. In the absence of "eye witnesses" (as is the case primarily w/ the investigation of intelligent design/evolution) the evidence is circumstantial. I can tell you that many convicted persons are in jail or were found innocent because of such evidence and the "probabilities" of whether that evidence pointed to a conclusion. Numbers and "odds" are prevalent in court and of course must rise to the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard. In reality, jurors want an almost ironclad case based on those odds, well above the "reasonable" mark. Thus if we as a society can lock someone up permanently or give the death penalty on these principles, they are sound and that is evidenced by hundreds of years of contesting, testing, trial and process.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Arocho on May 4, 2010
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Dr. Donald E Johnson, PHD in Chemistry and Computer Information sciences provides a fairly easy read and guide into the improbability of how life through means of abiogenesis(life arising from inanimate matter) is totally impossible through sheer numbers. Anybody would know that the very definition of abiogenesis is an oxymoron in which there has been no proposed mechanism within undirected naturalism to get life going and much less a reasonable explanation for encoded information found within DNA. Such information by definition with require an intelligent source and Dr.Johnson show this extremely well through his scientific findings. He also goes into indicating the universe being the result of design and order attributed to an intelligent agent over the undirected natural processes offered as an alternative for the origins of matter and energy. He also delves into issues about how Atheism, Naturalism, and Secular Humanism are all religions according to the US Supreme Court and how some who deliberately make it so that science is only compatible with these positions. Also he goes into what really transpired in the case of Richard Sternburg and the Smithsonian along with explaining that ID is not creationism. The title to this review is in reference to Dr. Dawkins who believes that nature was genuinely the result of a blind watchmaker that doesn't see ahead, well from this book from Dr. Johnson gives a scientific refutation that this is not the case and that there was actually a watchmaker. I hope whoever reads this book finds it educating and informative about the origins of life and the universe as I did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Pappas on February 19, 2010
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I have read Dr. Johnson's book twice and plan to do so again soon. There is so much there that one cannot absorb it in one sitting. In fact, I have ordered a case to give to interested seekers after the facts. It is filled with quotations from scientists of both sides of the intelligent design question and his treatment seems totally fair and balanced. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has at least a basic understanding of science and computer technology. Dr. Johnson's conclusions seem inescapable.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Deyes on March 18, 2010
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If Intelligent Design is to be escorted out of science debating halls because of its compatibility with a belief in a deity, undirected naturalism should likewise be excluded on the premise that it is the core tenet of nontheistic religions like Atheism. Such is the opening message of the `Lite' version of a book whose title Probability's Nature And Nature's Probability is so captivatingly simple that one cannot help but take at least a cursory look through its pages. And the author Donald Johnson has an impressive list of scientific accolades to his credit brought about by a passion for (and not a disdain of) science- a PhD in chemistry from Michigan State University, ten years as a senior research scientist in the medical and scientific instrumentation field, a twenty year college-teaching career and a second PhD in Computer Science.

Johnson's personal reflections reveal a lot about how he came to espouse the views of the Intelligent Design movement. Over the course of his career, Johnson grew increasingly skeptical over natural causation as applies to the origin of life. Science as we know it, he notes, should make testable predictions. While speculation does have a place in science, it needs to be presented as such and not dressed up and served up as a `platter of facts' for consumption by a public unaccustomed to the nuances of scientific argumentation. Johnson brings to the fore the blatant misrepresentations of what is truly `probable', `plausible' and `feasible' in the context of origins of life research as he takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of mathematical notation and probabilistic reasoning.
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