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Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism Hardcover – March 17, 2007
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About the Author
Laurie R. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, before all the evolutionists get to excited, the book did not present any "conversion" power arguments. In other words, there was nothing here that made me say, "Wow! Evolution did happen." There were many things that made me think more deeply and there were also some interesting insights about the thinking of the opposing side.
For example, on page 182 speaking about a comment by Francis H. C. Crick made in an application for a student research fellowship, the author admits that the goal of showing that areas apparently too mysterious to be explained by physics and chemistry could actually be explained has not been achieved. Then, in the next breath, the author says, "there is no evidence indicating an ultimate supernatural origin of the basic biological phenomena." So we see that the author requires evidence to believe there is a supernatural explanation, but he does not require any evidence to prove that there is a natural explanation. In other words, things that science has failed to explain must be believed to have a natural explanation even though there is no evidence for it. Notice how this is accorded to the naturalistic viewpoint, but not to the supernatural viewpoint.Read more ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the original many years ago. The contributions are written in language the layman can understand, and explain how we know evolution happened. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Juliet Fischer
As a Christian, I picked up this book from the library because I wanted to know my way around certain arguments made by those who subscribe to Macroevolution. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Keridee
Clear money play from lower rungs of the food chain and as such includes the same useless and alienating flaws.Published on January 24, 2013 by DK
This textbook was so expensive in the school bookstore but was a great price and shipped to my home earlier than accepted! The book was a bit boring but helped me in my course.Published on January 14, 2013 by Katharine Ryan
the authors have published two books with similar titles (but not the same) and different ISBNs. I bought both, thinking one was a new edition or sequel to the other because the... Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by D. Marshall
A Book that plans to debunk a science and a philosophy.
A scientist looks at biology. He investigates the inner workings of the cell. Read more
This book seems desparate to me. I am baffled that learned men differ so vehimently on this topic; men of science, which is by definition driven by emperical facts... Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by Dean Kolbinsky