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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193659904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936599042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 29 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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17 of 24 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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By Ashtar Command on April 25, 2015
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“Science and Human Origins” is a small book published by the Discovery Institute (DI), a conservative and mostly Christian think tank in Seattle which promotes Intelligent Design (ID), often seen as a form of creationism. The book contains contributions by Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe and Casey Luskin. With the exception of Luskin's article “Human Origins and the Fossil Record”, which summarizes the creationist critique of the standard evolutionary interpretation of hominin fossils, the book strikes me as rather bland and boring.

Interestingly, “Science and Human Origins” seems to silently break with the DI's previous “broad tent strategy”. The articles explicitly argue in favor of Adam and Eve being real historical persons and claims that the theistic evolutionists of the BioLogos Foundation aren't good Christians. The book does claim that its arguments are compatible with goal-driven evolution, but this is probably an oblique reference to Michael Behe, a prominent supporter of the DI whose theistic "evolutionism” is very similar to old earth creationism.

The scientific merits, or otherwise, of Gauger-Axe-Luskin have been discussed elsewhere. Here, I will only make a few observations. The authors brush aside the genetic similarities between humans and chimpanzees very rashly. Yet, all studies confirm that humans (biologically speaking) really are “the third chimpanzee”. Humans and chimps are more closely related to each other, than any of them is to the gorilla. This, in turn, is connected to the entire notion of “nested hierarchies” in general, a fact not even mentioned in the book. The authors' claim that the missing link is still missing is also problematic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CKDexter on July 31, 2014
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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 8 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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