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Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design
Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design
by Thomas Woodward
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Expose of One Sector of Society Conspiring Against Others, July 24, 2008
Ever since Stephen Gould reacted in a domineering manner to full public view in his diatribe against Phillip Johnson at the Campion meeting in 1989, evolutionists have used their superior social and economic position to maintain a scientific hegemony in American society. Given inquiring minds, this situation cannot continue forever. Any sector of society in charge of leading human institutions that can be demonstrated to be more involved with maintaining the status quo for its own particular interests rather than managing it well, more involved with closing off inquiry than expanding and enlightening it, more involved with promoting group paranoia with an eye to subjugate certain people than promoting honest, open intellectual dialog, and more involved with conspiring to withold the truth about its own actions than ethically monitoring and regulating them for the greater social good is no better than the KKK, McCarthyism, or Stalin. That sector should be assumed to be involved in the act of tyranny--in this case the intellectual subjugation of American society.

This book is an honest, open analysis of the situation. I use it as one of my sources for an expose of a serious injustice that is continuing unrestrained out in the open in our society. It is an excellent historical contribution--an even-handed treatment--much better than the one-sided, narrow-minded evolution books on the topic in my opinion. Woodward and Dembski (in the foreword)are both excellent writers and Woodward is a superb historian in general(as unbiased as anyone can be in an area of professional interest). I was a history graduate student for one semester before turning to anthropology studies and have read much worse accounts from famous American historians. I particularly like Woodward's presentation style. It makes the book an enjoyable, satisfying read. You will enjoy reading this book if you are either professionally interested in the history of the intelligent design movement or personally curious about it. If you are of either persuasion, it is currently the best tome out there on the topic in my view. I recommend you get it and read it today.
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The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems
The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems
by William A. Dembski
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let any Bigoted Pundit Control Your Thinking about I.D., July 5, 2008
These two authors are some of the most qualified and most interesting on Intelligent Design. With quantum mechanics incorporating rapid developments in the field of consciousness studies, you need to be reading current developments on information/intelligent control over biological progession upward in complexity. This means you should be reading books on Intelligent Design. If you are a person who 'wants to know' what is going on in scientific debates nowadays, you should understand and consider both sides of the ID/evolution debate. (I don't consider creationism scientific, but ID definitely is. Read the writers' qualifications, not the pundits opinions. Was Dean Kenyon's Biochemical Predestination worthless? No way!) The critics of this book read ID books to 'protect you.' You've heard that line before, haven't you -- in books like George Orwell's 1984?) These pundits want you to steer clear of ID books, but they use pompous attacks, evidently distrusting anyone's critical reading abilities but their own. Perhaps I use such arguments, too, but at least I trust your intelligence. From my experience in Asia, the American people of all age levels are ready to hear both sides of the argument. Even our high schoolers have some of the best critical thinking/analysis abilities in the world. Asia is no match for America and the West in my opinion in lay intellectual ability, and I have taught Japanese movie stars and doctors English. One of my advisors in my studies for my M.A. in Anthropology once nudged me in the direction of theistic evolution as an alternative to Darwinism. I think he was a theistic evolutionist, but no one can admit it in Academia. (Is this 1984 again?) So I for one take all this hubris as overblown hype. I don't believe all the anti-ID propaganda. Do you? Got'cha! (Please check the meaning of that out.) This is a very good and interesting book. Seriously consider reading it!
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design
by Jonathan Wells PhD
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashamed at the Small Minded, Simpleton Arguments Against ID Theorists, July 1, 2008
I cannot believe the petty-minded arguments and character assassinations being leveled against ID proponents and their theory nowadays. I have an M.A. in Anthropology from an accredited midwestern U.S. university. ID theorists for the most part are legitimate scientists speaking out at great personal cost in the fields of their expertise, as this author is doing. The childish nature of the disinformation campaign being used to turn away max people from buying and reading I.D. books nauseates me, and makes me even ashamed. It should do the same similarly to any open-minded, even-handed scholar. Read this book for what it claims to be and weigh its arguments carefully. Anti-ID propaganda is a travesty steeped in antireligious malice and bitterness. See it for what it is and steer clear of it. For one, it is a distortion campaign steeped in (or more accurately put -- permeated with) mob-like, bullying activity, systematically violating accepted tenets of argumentation theory. This author has the qualifications as he states and he appears less biased than many of his accusers. Read his book for what it states it stands for (considering its point of view), weigh its arguments, and then decide for yourself what to think! Adjust your persuasion only if or as needed, then endeavor to stop these bigots (aka the petty critics of I.D. theory) from fomenting riot and possibly a civil war in our midst.
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TEACHING READING SKILLS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: NEW EDITION
TEACHING READING SKILLS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: NEW EDITION
by Christine Nuttall
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible teacher of teachers and an incredible book., February 19, 2006
I cannot believe it! This book has not been previously reviewed! Based on my current company-assigned research into the L2 reading literature, this book is a classic. It may even be the only one of its kind.
As I see things, there is no competing teachers' manual available on L2 (second language) instructional reading methods. At least in terms of the scope of subjects covered and the level of expertise shown by it, the book beats all other L2 classroom reading instruction works hands down--except perhaps, for Bamford and Day's Extensive Reading Activites text (which covers only extensive reading, by the way). No wonder Christine Nuttall's revised second edition of Teaching Reading Skills followed on the first edition an amazing 14 years after the original came out. A publisher reissuing an update so many years seems a remarkable event to me. This in itself implies there is no suitable replacement title.
Nuttall's sage-like advice is drawn from many years of L2 work, is often quoted by authors in the L2 field along with (and sometimes even in spite of) any up-to-date research findings, is very well written, and makes an enjoyable read. This could well be the most-quoted reading book in L2. I believe it was the first L2 volume to include a well-written chapter covering the topic of extensive reading in-depth (and the most practical one on ER for my company). The selection of ideas presented in the book is also quite unique. The book thus flows smoothly from topic to topic. I have compared the new edition with the old; this second edition is basically just more, and more up-to-date. Even the notes made from actual classroom experience are in evidence at times--at least to one who is a writer. The book was obviously written over a long period of time by a very experienced teacher, through engrossed study and lengthy reflection over the matter of effective L2 classroom work. This is not your typical ESL teacher providing a compendium made from conference teachers' notes. It is a bible written from Nuttall's own experience; she is clearly a master L2 reading trainer herself.
But be forewarned--this is a classroom and methods-oriented text for the most part. It is all about the classroom. In its style of presentation, examples for teaching materials, workable insights, and insightful guidance, it is a helpful, timeless guide to teaching its subject area.
Research will come and go, supplying great teaching breakthroughs at times, although most research will make little or no change in pedagogy. Instruction ultimately reaps some benefits from the endeavor as a whole. But a great teachers' will linger long on the L2 teacher's bookshelf. It will remain there for years after its intial reading.
I see this volume as a primer for newbies as well as a reference work for old timers. It became a reference text to wrap research findings around for me, providing a foundational basis for all my planning and approaches in classroom work. I turn to the book often, especially whenever the research enterprise is found to be lacking or findings in certain areas appear to be inconclusive.
Such established manuals as this one written from talented, long experience are testimonials demonstrating why new research findings change instructional methods little. Timeless volumes such as this one provide both a foundational framework for techniques and a constant flow of insights for the whole enterprise of classroom teaching.


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