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Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond Paperback – January 17, 2008
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Laurie R. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
The discussion of evolution vs. creationism is like Detective A vs. Detective B. The former looks at the evidence and draws conclusions that fit; the latter has already determined his conclusion and makes the evidence fit it. This, of course, is not good detective work or good science, which is why creationism (or its slightly more sophisticated cousin, intelligent design) does not belong in a science curriculum. But don't just take my crude analogy as the only justification; read Scientists Confront Creationism to realize exactly how flawed the creationist arguments are.
Scientists Confront Creationism is a collection of essays by various scientists. It is divided into three sections. In the first section, the focus is on the history of the evolution vs. creationism debate and the general arguments creationists and IDers use to attempt to debunk evolution.Read more ›
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Editor Andrew Petto teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Wisconsin, and Editor Laurie Godfrey teaches anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven H Propp
The essence of this book is 14 essays which challenge the verity of Creationism and expose it as the fraud that it is. The book is divided into 3 parts. 1. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Williams
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... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Koan
The book met my low expectations. You sold what I ordered. There was nothing wrong with Amazon's service or representations that I am finding fault with. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wesley E. Smith
Another very well written and provocative book that informs and yes is also easy to read (in most part). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael E. Keller
It really comes down to the source. Did the book really successfully answer your questions? Are you really prepared to accept that there is nothing beyond this physical universe? Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Questions
This review pertains to the paperback "Scientists Confront Creationism, Intelligent Design and Beyond" (2007), and also to the hardcover "Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by J. G. Lewis
Scientists Confront Creationism is a series of academic essays addressing the misinformation posited and obfuscation used by the ID/Creationist/Christian Scientist crowd in its... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by T. McKinney
Very easy to understand. An attractive layout which encourages the reader to complete the book. Suited to high school students and to those who need basic information about... Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by S. Scott