From Library Journal
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