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Andrew J. Petto is the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, and a lecturer in anatomy and physiology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He lives in Wisconsin.

Laurie R. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts.
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393330737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393330731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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83 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Carl Flygare on January 10, 2008
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Fervent fundamentalist religious groups (Jewish, Christian, or Islamic), have exhibited chronic allergies to science ever since Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" convincingly presented his theory of evolution by natural selection. Unweaving rainbows could be tolerated - but dismantling cherished creation myths spawned an array of pseudoscientific hives and rashes ranging from 'creation science' to 'Intelligent Design.'

Faith-based resistance to evolution - a theory supported by an overwhelming and extraordinary consilience of scientific evidence - has deleteriously impacted everything from separation of church and state to economic competitiveness as science, and science education, became essential prerequisites for information age economies and political systems. "Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism" thoroughly and convincingly deconstructs the all dog, no pony, creationist and ID sideshow with sixteen essays by prominent scientists, historians, and educators.

PART ONE focuses on the origins of 'scientific creationism' and 'Intelligent Design.' Ronald L. Numbers unmasks the shell-game strategies employed by creationists attempting to substitute religious dogma for science in American classrooms. Shortly after the Supreme Court rejected 'scientific creationism' in the 1987 Edwards v. Aguillard ruling 'Intelligent Design,' chronicled by Eugenie C. Scott, whelped into view. Sired by an unremarkable claque of born again lawyers, underachieving academics, and a Moonie; 'Intelligent Design' was accompanied by a strident but content-free PR initiative from The Discovery Institute for the Renewal of Science and Culture. John R.
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"Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond" is an important updated edition of an earlier volume focusing on the history and claims made by "scientific creationists" back in the 1980s. This recently expanded edition, edited by Andrew J. Petto, editor of the Reports of the National Center for Science Education, and Laurie R. Godfrey, the editor of the original edition, takes a long, hard look at the history, scientific claims and educational implications of creationism, especially in its latest, most virulent, flavor, Intelligent Design. This superb tome is subdivided into three parts; the first is a historical and philosophical survey of creationism. The second part explores its most important scientific claims in ample detail. The third section examines creationism from the perspective of trying to understand science, discussing how and why it fails to meet the rigorous self-imposed centuries-old standards of peer-reviewed scientific research. The sixteen contributors include a diverse group of scientists, philosophers, and other educators, including such luminaries as philosopher of science Robert Pennock, geochronologist G. Brent Dalrymple, vertebrate paleobiologist Kevin Padian and historian Ronald Numbers. This is truly an important, exceptional book which deserves a place on the bookshelves of anyone seeking to understand the history and aims of American creationist movements, especially that of Intelligent Design.

The opening section on the history and philosophy of creationism features superlative essays written by Ronald Numbers and National Center for Science Education executive director Eugenie Scott. Numbers' essay starts this section with a terse, but vivid, account of the history of American creationism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Koan on March 20, 2015
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This book is really good. Written by the best in many fields. The main fields of conflict between intelligent design and science are cosmology, biology and evolution, where science can demonstrate very clearly that there is no oldman up there who decided to create everything for no reason. ID believes in the God of the gaps, anything we don't know, instead of trying to know how it happened they find it easier to point to an unknown and unknowable entity they call it God. But if they chose to be blind and wallow in their ignorance, it is their own choice. But they must not impose this darkness of mind on young and vulnerable minds in the school system. Intelligent design is another word for creationism, it is not only stupid but pure evil and it young minds are targeted I call it child abuse. Children should be taught science and simple philosophy and leave it up to them when they graduate from high school or university whether the world is created in 7 days or God created humans in his image instantly without any evolution. This book still consider creationism or ID as reasonable humans and trying to debate or talk sense to them but you can't convince a blind faith to be reasonable. This book is only for the truth seekers, and deserves 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReaderOne on March 11, 2013
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The essays in the book are readable and worth the price of the book. In a time where the fact of evolution is so very pervasive in our society, this book informs and educates.

Of course people have to make up their own minds about the controversial nature of the topic of "creation, i.e. intelligent design" as they do about the topic of "evolution". This book provides fuel for the debate.

As the review title reads, the book is both interesting and informative and could bring a room full of people on opposite sides to their feet in heated argument.
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