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His work is divided into three parts: first, an attack on the specifics of intelligent design, a theory spearheaded by the writings of William Dembski (THE DESIGN INFERENCE, INTELLIGENT DESIGN, NO FREE LUNCH), Michael Behe (DARWIN'S BLACK BOX), and Phillip Johnson (DARWIN ON TRIAL, THE WEDGE OF TRUTH, DEFEATING DARWINISM BY OPENING MINDS); second, a critical dismantling of several arguments closely related to the intelligent design movement, such as attempts to "harmonize" the Bible with modern scientific understanding of the universe, the anthropic principle, and nonrandom evolution; and finally, a discussion of proper scientific method and probability theory, as well as an infamous account of science gone bad for the sake of religion--the Bible code theory propagated by Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips, and Yoav Rosenberg.
This thoughtful and incisive critique from a veteran scientist genuinely concerned about the integrity of the scientific enterprise wastes no diplomacy on those who would see its purpose twisted to ideological ends. Perakh successfully ties his opponents' arguments together by demonstrating how most of them are based on the same mistaken view of probability theory and the same disregard for impartial objectivity in testing hypotheses. This is a must-read for anyone interested in separating scientific facts from religion masquerading as science.
Mark Perakh (born 1924) is a professor emeritus of Mathematics and statistical mechanics at CSU Fullerton. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven H Propp
Mark Perakh is a physics professor. He has written a series of book reviews of books by Dembski, Behe, Johnson, Ross, Jeffrey, Heeren and others. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Barry Rucker
Great title and potential but ended up mainly refuting other authors who were promoting intelligent design. Could have been so much more.Published on June 18, 2008 by John H. Woertendyke
"Unintelligent Design" offers an outstanding summation of the mainstream scientific community's arguments against the Theory of Intelligent Design. Read morePublished on August 8, 2007 by Martin Kane
I'm going to differ with some of the other reviewers of this book. My opinion is that of the three parts in the book the last is the most important. Read morePublished on February 27, 2007 by John Matlock
This fine book offers a powerful and sustained critique of the creationism argument versus evolutionary theory, especially the most recent iteration of "intelligent design" which... Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Roger D. Launius
Whether Dr. Perakh is entirely wrong, partially right, or entirely right is almost irrelevant. Anyone trying to understand his ideas has to dig them out of a tremendous pile of... Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by Occasional reviewer
This is actually three books in one, none of which actually relates to the title (more on that later). Read morePublished on February 12, 2006 by Joseph Kaiser Canner
Unintelligent Design is a great book, with an even better title, and I heartedly recommend it. Mark Perakh has a lot of great ideas about how to defeat this pernicious hypothesis. Read morePublished on February 5, 2006 by Jedidiah Palosaari