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The parallels are striking once we look closely: Genesis proclaims that God created all human languages at one stroke, while modern scientific thought proposes linguistic evolution similar in form to genetics. Best of all for scientists, though, linguistic change is much more rapid than biological change, and we have actually observed what might be called "speciation events" to have occurred historically in languages. While not meant to supplant traditional arguments against creationism, Pennock's ideas certainly supplement them and will be useful to educators and researchers alike. His sense of urgency is compelling; he sees the future of scientific education and freedom at stake and argues strongly for a separation between private beliefs and public knowledge. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a must read for anyone interested in the evolution vs. creationism "controversy." Pennock clearly explains where the apparent controversy comes from (it is not... Read morePublished 11 months ago by WJohnson
Robert Pennock is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University; he has also edited the collection, By Robert T. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Steven H Propp
What is the issue regarding Creation, evolution, Darwinism, and now evolution of language?
The more I learn from science, the more amazing I find God, The souce of... Read more
Pennock's book is one of the most important studies of the Creationist movement written to date. The history of how evolution even became a topic of debate opens the book, followed... Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Steve A. Wiggins
OK I am still early on in my research of this topic, but the more I read the more convinced I am that the babylonians et al were struck deaf due to an explosion at the time causing... Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by R. Loften
Not as quick and clean as Abusing Science (Philip Kitcher, ISBN 026261037X) but still necessary intellectual self defense against those zealots who prey on ignorance and rely on... Read morePublished on January 6, 2007 by Mister C
This is a rich and textured work. Pennock weaves together evolution, intelligent design, and literal creationism into an unexpectedly coherent tapestry. Read morePublished on November 2, 2006 by Jedidiah Carosaari
Go to any scientific conference and you'll notice two things:
1) Scientists like to argue about anything that can rationally be argued about. Read more