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Refuting Evolution: A Handbook for Students, Parents, and Teachers Countering the Latest Arguments for Evolution UNABRIDGED VERSION Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0890512586
ISBN-10: 0890512582
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890512582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890512586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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223 of 302 people found the following review helpful By Carl Flygare on August 22, 2006
Sometimes you can tell a book by its cover. The illustration gives everything away. A menacing hammer labeled "SCIENCE" is crashing through a glass window that represents evolution. Implicit in the image is a promise totally unfulfilled by the contents of this book - that 'science' (as mangled and misused by the author) somehow refutes evolution!

Cynically intended to separate uncritical creationists from their money and the actual facts, this aggressively mediocre publication is typeset in a large 'Weekly Reader' font and format that keeps your fingers constantly busy flipping from page to page. Which is appropriate since "Refuting Evolution" is essentially content-free.

If Jonathan Sarfati has any honest cards to play in the seemingly endless game of whack-a-mole that scientists are forced to play with Young Earth Creationists (YECs for short), he should write them up and submit them for peer review in a credible scientific journal. He won't because science is hard work and Sarfati can make an easy living by taking unfounded pot shots at evolution.

The threads of error woven into Sarfati's tapestry of nonsense are numerous and perverse. Here are a few highlights:

Sarfati postulates that a lack of helium escaping from the atmosphere of the earth supports its 'youth.' He deliberately ignores the evidence NASA, and many others, have accumulated on helium escape that deflates this lighter-than-air YEC balloon.

He also trots out the discredited canard about ocean salinity supporting a young earth interpretation. Unfortunately this creationist gambit conveniently omits well known mechanisms, such as basaltic lava quenching, that removes sodium from the ocean.
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244 of 357 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on January 14, 2004
Sarfati's `book' - small pages, large font and all - seems to be a collection of half-truths, bizarre extrapolations, aspersion casting, and nonsense. Does anyone really wonder why the only people that give it the time of day are lay creationists?
The laughable naiveté displayed by Sarfati in his description of molecular phylogenetics
indicates that he has at best a cursory understanding of it. Considering that Sarfati may have had Batten look
over this section for him - a creationist that has made many of the same errors in his own writing that Sarfati does in his book - there is little reason to wonder how such nonsense made it
into print.
Sarfati's 'common designer' alternative is a case in point. He mentions
only similarities - if he had an understanding of how such analyses are
done, he would - or should - have known that it is not mere similarity that
indicates descent.
If this 'common designer' schtick of Sarafti's and other creationists made any sense, should not
the DNA of a whale be more 'similar' to that of a shark, given their
morphological similarity? Sarfati even alludes to this when he mentions the
relationships of crocodiles to chickens rather than reptiles (which
actually, contrary to Sarfati's ignorant implication, makes perfect sense).
Furthermore, Sarfati makes a blatant false claim on p. 83:
"Similarities between human and ape DNA are often exaggerated. This
figure was not derived from a direct comparison of sequences. Rather
the original paper inferred 97% similarity between human and chimp DNA
from a rather crude technique called DNA hybridization.
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58 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 26, 2005
It appears that Creationism has evolved significantly over the years and is converging to closely match modern evolution theory. In his book Refuting Evolution author Jonathan Sarfati Ph. D. easily accepts formerly proscribed facts: Beneficial Mutation, Natural Selection, and Speciation. He might be writing the next high school textbook on evolution theory except for one critical departure from the norm.

The main difference between Sarfati's theory and that of Darwin's successors is that Sarfati does not believe a mechanism exists in which new information can be added to a genome without loss of previous information. He does believe that new information can be added to the information space by replacing information that already exists although only at the loss of the previous information.

Sarfati claims that organisms can differentiate, yea even unto speciation, but only within their information space or genome. Sarfati bases this claim on the fact no mechanism exists that allows for simple organisms to increase their information space. As a result evolution to more complex forms is impossible. Of course, the reverse is also true. If such a mechanism does exist, Sarfati's theory would be wrong (at least until he absorbed more evolution theory into his own).

Hypothetically speaking, one way that information could be added without loss of information might be the duplication of genetic information. This way the information space could be increased without harm to the organism since the new space still carries the old information. Subsequent mutation of the duplicate produces new information without loss of the old. If genetic duplication were true it would be conceivable that simple organisms could become increasingly complex.
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