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With selective evidence and twisted logic, Milton (Alternative Science, Inner Traditions, 1996) attempts to discredit the concept of organic evolution. Although raising important questions about interpretation and methodology, he fails to overturn the neo-Darwinian framework as he attacks as "myths" the claims of modern science concerning the age of this planet, the geological column with its fossil record, and even the biological relationship between the great apes and our own species. He ignores most of the recent evolutionary literature (especially in paleoanthropology and primatology), and his chapters are full of dated illustrations, misleading generalizations, and glaring errors, e.g., "the evidence for humankind's own evolution is actually nonexistent" and "Today, 'Java man' is thought to be an extinct, giant gibbonlike creature and not connected to humans." His own interpretation of earth history remains ambiguous, leaving the reader to wonder about what hidden motive underscores this morass of falsehoods. Not recommended.?H. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
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"Bang goes the empirical basis on which neo-Darwinism rests." (Bishop Hugh Montefiore, The Church Times )

". . . Significant and fascinating." (Donald A. Yerxa, Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, June 2001)

"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs." (London Times)

"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs." (Neville Hodgkinson, Sunday Times)

"On subject after subject--methods of dating, the fossil record, microbiology, geology, etc.--Milton shows the inadequacy of the evidence for Darwinian evolution." (Alpha Magazine)

"When a reputable science correspondent of more than twenty years' experience raises serious doubts, then it is time to sit up and listen." (Challenge)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892818840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892818846
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richard Milton is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster. He currently freelances for The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers. He is the author of a dozen books - both fiction and non-fiction - all now available on Kindle as well as in book form.

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His non-fiction books are highly controversial. "Bad Company", which The Sunday Times chose as its Business Book of the Week, sets out to explain why large corporations sometimes behave in self-defeating and even insane ways.

His equally controversial "Shattering the myths of Darwinism" caused some members of the scientific establishment to start chewing the carpet and foaming at the mouth, by daring to demand real empirical evidence in support of Darwinian beliefs, in place of conjecture and pseudoscience. "Alternative Science" (also published as "Forbidden Science") examines how and why good science is sometimes thrown out with the bad for purely ideological reasons.

His book "Best of Enemies" looks at Anglo-German relations through two world wars and charts the origins of modern propaganda. The book is currently the subject of a TV film of the same name to be broadcast on German and British TV later in 2015.

His latest non-fiction book, "The Ministry of Spin", reveals for the first time the story of how the post-war Labour government secretly held onto the wartime Ministry Of Information: how they buried this powerful propaganda machine deep in Whitehall: and how they turned its wartime propaganda powers on the British Parliament, media and people in order to push through their peacetime political programme.

In fiction, he has published three mystery thrillers and a book of short stories.

"Dead Secret" is a paranormal mystery thriller. Investigative journalist Tony Gabriel stumbles onto his biggest ever story when he inherits the papers of a long-dead historian - and finds himself the target of an ancient secret society. Are they just rich, powerful people playing an elaborate game, or have they truly gained paranormal powers to see into the future?

"The Glass Harmonica" is a mystery thriller. Concert pianist Julia Franklin is heir to an inheritance worth a billion dollars - enough to bankrupt America's oldest bank when the trust matures. Miles Bartholemew, of Bartholemew Equity and Trust, has to find the heirs of the Franklin trust and deal with them permanently, before his family's bank is ruined.

"Conjuring For Beginners" is a crime thriller. When legendary con-artist Ferdy Daniels dies alone and penniless, his daughter, Rosa, inherits his victims, who are convinced she was his partner in crime. To keep one jump ahead of them - and stay alive - Rosa must unravel Ferdy's web of deceits. But to re-trace her father's footsteps, she must learn to become as quick-witted and cunning as Ferdy, the master magician.

"True Stories: Mysteries of Crime and Punishment" is a collection of short stories with a difference. Every story in the book is true - except one. Some tell of crimes that have gone unpunished by the law. Some are crimes against laws that are unwritten. And some are crimes that exist only in the mind.

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98 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Karl on February 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
Contrary to earlier reviewer who apparently doesn't understand that 'Natural Selection' is a SECONDARY process which does not *cause* or facilitate evolution but merely conserves or destroys the fruits of the core mutation process, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK.

Milton has worked for more than two decades as a writer for solid, mainstream scientific publications such as New Scientist. Does anyone 'seriously' believe that he is some kind of creationist 'sleeper'? I suspect that in their heart of hearts even his most trenchant opponents do not, though I note that evolutionists, broad minded rationalists that they are, have a remarkable inability to think outside of a strict "Them" and "Us" scenario.

Anyway, what Milton has provided in this book is simply a well-laid out description of the many 'facts' that conventional evolutionary theory seems unable to deal with and which therefore tend to get swept under the proverbial carpet.

Milton DOES NOT support creationism, he doesn't even discount evolution as a scientific reality - he merely asks WHY the self-styled Darwinists and neo-Darwinists don't stop mouthing off at anyone who disagrees with them and start finding some answers to these unanswered questions.
Alternatively, if Darwinism, in all its variations, CANNOT provide the answers, for goodness' sake let's move on and find a bigger and better theory.

Trouble is, of course, most academics owe their comfy positions to having toed the party line. How on earth do they admit they've got it at least partly wrong for so long without looking like total wallys?

Milton's only crime - if crime it is - has been to pull some highly inconvenient skeleton's out of rather a lot of closets.
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88 of 115 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Based on the one star reviews of this book I expected a "creationist rehash." As a biologist trained in animal behavor I read nothing of the kind. Milton's arguments are clear and well argued; he is at his best at demonstrating the circular and nonexplanatory arguments used to keep neo-Darwinian "theory" viable. A previous negative review tells the reader to go and read a book on Darwin's finches--Milton devotes a full chapter to the arguments for "speciation" taken from the finch research. The finches of the different islands mate with one another and are not geograpically isolated from one another--while their beaks may differ in size and shape the finches are no more separate species than a poodle is a separate species from a bull dog. Variation within a species does not prove neo-Darwinism as "the origin of the species." To the potential reader and Mr. Milton (if he reads these reviews), I would urge a review of the most recent research of Hall on the specificity of adaptive mutagenesis and a reading of Ted Steels's new book "Lamarck's Signature" on retrogenes. Both lines of research are mentioned briefly by Milton--I believe a third edition incorporating these new theories and findings is needed. Milton looks like a young man--I hope he keeps up the search for truth in evolutionary biology gives us a new edition of this important work.
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81 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Chumbley ( on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After reading the reviews and then this book, I can't help but wonder - did the people who only gave this book one star read the same book I did? Milton is clearly not a creationist, all his arguements are based on documented scientific evidence. He does not even refer to evidence presented by many creationists, as valid as that evidence may be. The only conclusion I can reach is that the "one-star" crowd are the same people that Milton contends have accepted Darwin as their God and evolution as their faith, one they must fight to protect despite all evidence to the contrary. This was a great book!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah Bak on May 24, 2010
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I highly recommend this book should anyone desire to purchase it. Right to the major points and no fooling around with too much biology jargon, which is to say, it is all layman material. I found at times it was hard to put the book down even at mealtimes, which is not like me. My food is important stuff and I don't like my tastebuds having competition...haha. Anyway, I don't think I am surprised they teach this Neo-Darwinism in schools as absolute fact when it is not. The "science establishment" is an owned Institution and the Money Masters that provide all monies in salaries and grants and owns all the mags and education foundations have a major "say" in what passes for truth in Science. Without sidetracking too much, they have knowingly lied to us in other matters too. The Science establishment cannot be trusted. No institution on the face of the planet can be trusted with all our heart, because money always corrupts. Religion, Politics, Science,...haha...sleep with one eye open. Read Mr Milton's book I say. Cheers!!!
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71 of 101 people found the following review helpful By on January 11, 1998
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Although he draws on many examples and cites many references, I am having difficulty deciding if author Richard Milton is himself ignorant of biology, or is expecting his readers to be so.
His primary references for paleontology, mammalian evolution, geology, and other subjects are 20, 30, or 40 years old. There are certainly classics this old still worth reading in these and many other fields, but as he is using textbook-level surveys, and citing them as examples of incomplete or murky knowledge in scientifically contentious, heavily researched areas, it is a false use of authority. There are several up-to-date references available in these fields. Two of many examples:
* He cites an encyclopedic entry from 1982 as evidence for the mystery of enzymes; this predates modern molecular biology.
* He uses Simpson's 1961 book _Horses_ to attempt assaults at this classic evolutionary progression; evidence of a reading of MacFadden's 1992 _Fossil Horses_ is strangely missing.
He either misunderstands or deliberately misstates many aspects of biology.
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