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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute Press; 1 edition (June 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193659904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936599042
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Gauger is senior research scientist at Biologic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Douglas Axe is director of Biologic Institute and received his Ph.D. from Caltech. He previously held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at Cambridge University and the Babraham Institute. Casey Luskin is research coordinator at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He earned his M.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, San Diego, and conducted geological research at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography.

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I plan to read it a second time.
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He argues that most of the record is primarily very much dominated by arboreal apes, and then there is a sudden transition into terrestrial humans.
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This is an *Excellent* book that is worth the time to read - it's short and to the point but very detailed!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Eddy del Rio on April 21, 2013
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I bought mine at a conference where I heard the substance of the book presented by some of it's authors. As a physician, I find it a fine contribution for those who appreciate *critical thinking* on the matter of the claims of Neo-Darwinism to explain the "Origin" and complexity of life. In general, I have found insufficient skepticism among evolutionary scientists. To be sure, when you see reviews (here on Amazon) so diametrically opposed as this book has, you can be sure that you should ignore any recommendations to not read the piece. If you disagree with the existence of an Index Librorum Prohibitorum, then you'll want to be sure and read this short but cogent work.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jon Gillett on May 23, 2013
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I guess everybody thinks they have a monopoly on reality, but these guys do a good job of making the case that for many who think they've got it all figured out, the reality is that their core beliefs about Darwinism are rooted in misinformation.

Chapters three and four are particularly strong. Chapter 5 requires more time to really understand than I am able to give it now, as I read the book in a few hours, but the author is obviously intelligent. I have recently read books by evolutionary biologists Richard Miller, Richard Dawkins, and Jerry Coyne, and at the end of the day what it looks like to me is they are bright guys, but they have a deep need to believe the Darwinian story and both interpret and present the evidence in a very biased manner.

Reality is that much of the evidence used to support Darwinism over the last several decades has turned out to be incorrect and in some cases even fraudulent. Haeckel's drawings, Piltdown man, exaggerated claims about the quality of even recent fossils, etc. reveal a scientific community that needs to believe, and really wants everyone else to, not because of where the facts clearly lead, but because Darwinism is their only acceptable alternative.

You can rail against the idiocy of clearly uneducated individuals like me who question evolutionary dogma, but the simple truth is that the evidence isn't very strong, unless you strictly filter it all through a Darwinian lens and/or only read biased sources. And Richard Miller's protestations aside (he says "Evolve That!" Is not a valid argument, but it seems pretty solid to me) there are clearly questions the Darwinists have no idea how to answer. That doesn't mean the theory couldn't be true, but it's kind of sickening to think of how many people believe simply because they've never taken a close look at the other side of the story.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harrison Koehli on July 9, 2013
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Like Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell, this is another slim book from Discovery Institute. And also like Controversy, I think it is overshadowed by Stephen Meyer's just-released Darwin's Doubt. This volume collects essays by Ann Gauger and Douglas Axe, whose work is covered in detail in Meyer's new book. Basically Gauger and Axe have studied the amount of genetic change necessary to create novel genes. Long answer short: the time necessary for neo-Darwinistic processes to produce the required mutations is astronomical. Combine that with the fact that new traits require multiple new genes and we have a problem. I think this volume has more substance than Controversy, and while it deals with some of the same material in Meyer's book, it also focuses specifically on human origins, which Meyer hasn't written about. So check Science and Human Origins (***1/2) out if you are interested in alternatives to neo-Darwinism and would like to read about the actual work done gene mutation and the 'combinatorial space' that separates different functional genes. It's short enough to read in a sitting or two.
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This is an interesting review of the ape to human lineage. My only gripe is that the book is too short.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H G Keller on October 11, 2013
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The authors point out that Darwin was only partially right about the creation of man through evolution. Many scientists are now starting to doubt Darwin's explanation of how man came to be. This book shows how there had to be other processes in play to bring man to be. Very thoughtful. Very comprehensive. I plan to read it a second time.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John B. Hoehn on March 15, 2014
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You will learn why the idea that your were Created by design is likely true, not because of any faith based guesses, but just because of the physical evidence of genetics, embryology, and life sciences, studied with an open mind, not closed to the possibility things did not just happen by random mutations that must happened to get lucky a million after a million after a million after a billion times in a row! If life was created by trial and error, we must be the luckiest creatures in the universe!

Short but understandable book by Intelligent Design scientists..
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34 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Rover on August 13, 2012
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The book is very well sourced, so much so that in the chapter on fossils, nearly every paragraph cites a peer reviewed source. The author often begins a thought, then completes it with the words of experts in the field.

Therefore, the long, rambling review currently at the top is false. For example, the reviewer pretends to diagree with the author of the chapter on fossils, but as I pointed out, it was written almost entirely by the experts. It's basically a compilation of how the experts admit the fossil record is almost entirely missing, the pieces that exist are very poor, and the interpretation of the most important pieces are hotly contested.

I guess you could say, the chapter on fossils clearly refutes arguments about how people who are skeptical of Darwinism dismiss the data, while the "real scientists" agree. Healthy skeptics, like the authors of this book, have eyes and mind wide open.

In chapter 4, the author refutes Francis Collins' supposition about "junk DNA" and whether a chromosome fusion event in humans should be considered positive evidence of common ancestry between humans and chimps. The chapter contains copious expert sources, but nowhere does he construct a strawman argument that there was a consensus shared by all Darwinists about "junk" DNA, as the top reviewer wrote.

However, many experts have agreed that the vast majority of our DNA was non-functional "junk," and they went further to claim that Evolution predicted this! Collins, along with Dawkins were among the most famous and vocal proponents of that failed belief.
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