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Starred Review. With great care, attention to the scientific evidence and a wonderfully accessible style, Coyne, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Chicago, presents an overwhelming case for evolution. Ranging from biogeography to geology, from anatomy to genetics, and from molecular biology to physiology, he demonstrates that evolutionary theory makes predictions that are consistently borne out by the data—basic requirements for a scientific theory to be valid. Additionally, although fully respectful of those who promote intelligent design and creationism, he uses the data at his disposal to demolish any thought that creationism is supported by the evidence while also explaining why those ideas fall outside the bounds of science. Coyne directly addresses the concept often advanced by religious fundamentalists that an acceptance of evolution must lead to immorality, concluding that evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go. Readers looking to understand the case for evolution and searching for a response to many of the most common creationist claims should find everything they need in this powerful book, which is clearer and more comprehensive than the many others on the subject. Illus. (Jan. 26)
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*Starred Review* Far more presentational than disputatious, Coyne’s demonstration that evolution has proven itself in lab and field is still a deliberate answer to anti-evolutionism, especially creationism or intelligent design (ID). At its most comprehensive, creationism/ID claims that each species is the product of a separate creative act; less universally, that at least humans were so created. Frequently throughout lucid, accessible chapters on the fossil record, vestigial features of modern bodies (e.g., the tail rarely seen but documented in newborns), biogeography, natural selection, sexual selection, speciation, and human evolution—the basic areas of evolutionary investigation—Coyne remarks that the material evidence confirms evolution, not creationism/ID. For the evidence shows complexities and imperfections that creationism/ID can’t explain or even allow, for that would necessitate positing a sloppy, imperfect creator or intelligence that couldn’t fashion creatures to ideally fit either their habitats or their bodies. Evolution, on the other hand, expects imperfection and jerry-rigging, and the physical findings, lately made much more precise by genetic analysis, just bolster confidence in it. In conclusion, Coyne wonders what it would take to convince the apparently reasonable people who still deny evolution. A new Milton, perhaps, to justify evolution’s ways in great poetry? Meanwhile, at a time—the Darwin bicentennial and Origin of Species sesquicentennial—when good evolution books are rife, Coyne has given general readers one of the best. --Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
If it were possible, I would vote a negative five star. I am a Christion, and I originated from a Christian family. Christianity is a religion and a belief. Read morePublished 4 days ago by S. legkun
Great book. Funny and teaches in a clear engaging manner. I didn't read this book when I first heard of it, because I thought, "Well, I already knew evolution is true! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sally A. Melcher
The writing is spurious - it begins with the assumption that science is 'naturalism'. But, naturalism is a belief, not science per se. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Eric Penrose
This book is an interesting dichotomy of strengths and weaknesses. The book would receive a much higher rating with a title that matches whats inside. Read morePublished 22 days ago by william cole
Doubt this will even be read by the antievolutions and creationists ... for one idea is truly dangerous if it's the only you have. Read morePublished 1 month ago by One Happy Retiree
Well written. Sometimes very detailed, but that is the nature of the subject. It is consistent with Dawkins. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H Duane Ritter