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What Darwin Didn't Know: A Doctor Dissects the Theory of Evolution Paperback – January 1, 2004

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"It's full of fascinating, insightful, and inspiring information that supports faith in God and our Creator's wise and intelligent design." -- Christian Booksellers Association Marketplace, January 2004

"Read this book, whatever you might think. You'll finish it a different person than you were when you began it." -- The Statesman Journal, February 15, 2004

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My book has to do with medical facts and how they conflict with the theory of evolution. Darwin may have made a sincere effort to explain the life around him in the nineteenth century, but he knew little, if anything, about the human cell, heredity (why a child resembles his parents), immunity, hormones, blood pressure and scores of feedback loops that tell the body when it's too hot or too cold, hungry or full, sick or well, and tired or refreshed. These examples and many, many more are discussed. They all speak very clearly for Intelligent Design, a discussion that needs to re-enter mainstream American dialogue. Although the bibliography has over 140 scientific citations and the text has been endorsed by four Ph.D's, the book was specificaly written for the non-medical reader.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736913130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736913133
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am physician who is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Disaster Medicine. I have a B.S. in Zoology and I have completed the course work for a Masters degree in Microbiology. I am also a Fellow with the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture. I have studied the theory of evolution for over forty years. For thirty of those years I was an ardent supporter of Darwinian ideas. I now, however, find the data supporting this theory scientifically untenable. As of this date, my seventh book, What Darwin Didn't Know (2004), is in its sixth printing and my eighth book, Billions of Missing Links (2007), is in its second printing. Both books show how the incredible complexity of the human body and all other living beings cannot have come about through evolution.

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102 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Inveterate Reader on July 26, 2004
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This book is unique in that it comes from a medical/physiological point of view. It is the first book in over 30 years that looks at the complexity of the human body as it pertains to evolution. In the early 70's a book entitled The Body has a Head was published. It was virtually unreadable. Dr. Simmons book is eminently readable and very interesting. Furthermore, Darwin had several doubts about his own theories and Dr. Simmons points out these areas of weakness. If you want to learn something about the arguments surrounding evolution and don't want to have to read a scientific tome, this is the book for you.
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84 of 116 people found the following review helpful By J. Buchanan on November 24, 2004
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I'm a supporter of Intelligent Design, and found this book to be a big disappointment. As a previous reviewer has said in more words, it does not really attempt to "dissect the theory of evolution." It is simply a collection of medical facts and trivia, after which the author asks in a sentence or two in each chapter, "How can this be the work of chance?" I read the first few chapters with highlighter pen in hand, expecting to highlight various things as I often do, but then found myself simply skimming through many sections as I began to realize that every chapter is the same: just a recitation of what things in our bodies do. If you're looking for argumentation and critical examination of evolutionary theory (such as in Behe's or Denton's books), this is not the book to buy.
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69 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Amy Givler on March 4, 2004
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When I went through medical school, I remember learning the amazing intricacies of the human body. "Someone needs to make this accessible to people not going through medical school," I thought at the time. Dr. Simmons, in this book, has done just that.
This book does a lot more than give a strong argument for "Intelligent Design" -- though it certainly does that. In fact, I ended the book impressed that it takes quite a bit more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in a purposeful creator. But this book also explains the body's complex inner workings in a way that is easy to understand, and to remember.
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84 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Jonatas Machado on October 27, 2005
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The problem is not so much what Darwin didn't know, since it is clear by now that most of what he said about evolution has really nothing to do with it, much less is able to explain it. Actually this applies, "mutatis mutandis", to all present evolutionists. Let me tell you what Darwinists still don't know. Although they have lots of models and theories, they really can't explain: 1) the origin of the Universe; 2) the origin of the first stars; 3) the origin of the first galaxies; 4) the origin of the solar system; 5) the origin of the Earth and the Moon; 6) the origin of the oceans; 7) the origin of life; 8) particles-to-people evolution; 9) the origin of the sexes; 10) the origin of language, etc, etc. They can't even demonstrate that random mutations and natural selection are responsible for all the complex specified information we see all around us. So don't ask only what Darwin didn't know; ask also what Darwinists still don't know.

The real problem is that universities have been "programmed" with the wrong "software" ever since the historical emergence of "scientist anti-metaphysical positivism".

How can universities detect design if they were "programmed" not to do so? The main reason why all scientific disciplines agree with evolution is because they cannot but agree with evolution. They have no choice. The "system" doesn't allow any other option. This is not a scientific problem: it is a systemic problem.

Most modern universities have excluded arguments based on design and teleology a priori, as non scientific. Because of that, their "systemic code" can only detect random, natural and accidental causes and processes. Agreement with evolution has been pre-programmed into the system, and as the saying goes: garbage in, garbage out.
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51 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2004
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The author, a medical doctor, in this book recounts his conversion from a Darwinist to an Intelligent Design advocate. He also goes into detail about his indoctrination into Darwinism in school and why he began to doubt Darwinism in later life (as have more and more intellectuals today). What Darwin Didn't Know is an excellent, very readable, work about how little Darwin knew about biology, especially cell biology, because so little was known when he lived and worked. If he lived today in a nonDarwinian world, his theory would have difficulty getting published in a mainline journal. For example, in the middle 1800s cells were thought to be simple globs of protoplasm that served as mere building blocks of a body much like bricks are used to construct a house. Now we realize that cells are the most complex machine in the known universe that can live on their own in the right environment. Over 200 very different types are known. Much of the book is on human anatomy and physiology and why our modern knowledge has proven Darwinism wrong. As I teach Human Anatomy and Physiology at the college level, I found the book fascinating and found much insight to enrich my classes. This book is also an excellent introduction to anatomy and physiology that covers all 10 organ systems plus cell biology. I wish I had a book like this when I was an undergraduate (or even a graduate student in medical school). My first text was boring, to say the least. Students today are fortunate to have such excellent material as this available.
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