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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: #441,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Hi! This is an excellent read. You don't have to be a medical professional to appreciate what Dr. Simmons presents. Hey, I was a History major in college and I could understand the anatomical terminology. I'm sure you can too. He is very straight forward in his explanation as to why gradualism over millions of years (macro evolution) cannot explain the 'whole package phenomenon' of the human body. His easy to understand discussion of the human body's systems and complexity will awe you. The chapter "The Differences Between Man and Monkey" shows no matter how close their DNA may be, the differences are remarkable and that it's very unreasonable to assert that man evolved from monkeys. After reading 'What Darwin Didn't Know' I believe a sincere and open-minded person will conclude Darwinism is a bunch of monkey business. I highly recommend this to any high school or university student. Cheers!
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Dr. Simmons book lays out what is right in front of us. It's common sense and real truths that have been proved. And the best statement he made was that "evolution or God has to be believed. His tour thru the human body and comparison to the other animals shows that there was a lot that Darwin didn't know.

Great book and highly recommend it to anyone on either side of the issue or in the middle.
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Everybody that loves read about critical, objective and alternative to origin of species theory this book is your better option.

Simmons did a detailed and interesting dissection of origin of species theory.
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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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