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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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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; Original ed. edition (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 (87 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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Whether or not people believe in evolution is of no consequence to me, since I actually have better things to do on a day to day basis than sit on my computer and argue with people I don't even know, or worse, get agitated emotionally because some random person's views differ from mine. This book raises some good counterpoints, but in my opinion tries too hard to to extrapolate the counterpoints into "shattering" refutations of darwinism. Perhaps it is a good starting point for those who, for some reason, wish to argue with the recognizable peons who know very little yet harp on day and night that those who are critical of Darwinism are enemies of civilization. Maybe I'll dive into some of the literature recommended by Milton, which seem to get more into the biochem/genetics side of things.
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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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