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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: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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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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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Imagine the following locked room mystery. You watch a man and a woman walk into a room that is completed empty except for a baseball bat. The door closes and a few moments later, the woman walks out, the blood-spattered bat in her hand and the man bludgeoned to death within. Detective A looks at all the evidence: including your eyewitness testimony and all sorts of forensic evidence that links the blood on the bat to the victim, etc. He comes to the only reasonable conclusion: the woman killed the man. Detective B, however, has a firm belief (unsupported by any real facts) that women are not capable of killing men. Based on this belief, he either ignores the evidence of the crime or cherry-picks through it to support his view; forced to give an alternate explanation, he says an alien teleported in the room, committed the murder, hypnotized the woman and teleported out.

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.
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