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Billions of Missing Links: A Rational Look at the Mysteries Evolution Can't Explain Paperback – Bargain Price, February 15, 2007

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"Geoffrey Simmons has written a wonderful book. His writing is clear and accessible to the nonspecialist. The idea is stunningly simple--just describe the complexity and almost infinite variety of our world and leave the reader to draw their own conclusions.
"Children will love the descriptions of insects and animals like the bombardier beetle, the wombat, and the platypus, which seem to be the product of a rich and humorous imagination--designed with trivial pursuit in mind, one might think. But the serious objective of the book will engage any open mind."
--John Patrick, MD, Professor of the History of Science, Medicine, and Faith, Augustine College, Ottawa, Ontario


"Geoffrey Simmons brings the fresh eye of a trained physician to examine the long-standing controversy over Darwin's theory of evolution...He shows there are good reasons for...considering a radically new understanding of the nature and origin of life. A well-researched and open-minded analysis."
--Stephen C. Meyer, PhD; Director of the Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute
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There are essentially three religions or belief systems: One that believes life is a product of Design (or Design-guided) and usually that's a single God; one that believes an incredibly dense speck exploded for no reason at all (long ago) and accidentally made life as we know it through billions of lucky changes (and without transition steps), or one belongs to the I don't know/don't care group. The complexity upon complexity in all life systems and the presence of exponentially increasing numbers of missing links as science marches on decimates the faith in an exploding speck within a vacuum of nothingness forming anything. The argument is not with "science" itself or with survival of the fittest or natural selection but with Darwin's notions that species can actually change into other species. It is now very clear, they cannot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WPODN8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on March 14, 2007
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NOTE TO READERS: This review was subjected to a negative vote campaign beginning December 29, 2007. There is a small cadre of Amazon reviewers and cohorts who vote down any review that is not a uniform attack on a book advocating intelligent design. Their express purpose is to try to dissuade people from reading the book. This is a juvenile tactic which undermines Amazon's whole voting system. Please keep in mind that the huge number of negative votes given to the bulk of reviews on this page do not reflect upon either the author or the book. Review follows.

Despite living a century before Karl Popper, the great philosopher of Science, Darwin understood that any genuine scientific theory had to include the possibility of falsification. He therefore suggested in 1872 that if any complex organ (or organism) existed which could not have evolved from successive small steps or "modifications" that his theory would "ultimately break down." The bulk of this book by Geoffrey Simmons is an attempt to do just that. In it he quickly surveys the plant and animal kindoms and finds numerous instances of living organisms with traits so unique and highly adapted that, he argues, they could not have evolved in short successive steps.

Repeating the many examples Simmons offers would be beyond the scope of this review, but in general Simmons suggests two versions of his critique to Darwin's theory. The first is the lack of fossil antecedents. In his discussion of bats, for example, Simmons notes that bat fossils can be found over a period of 50 million years but each fossil shows clearly defined bat characteristics, including echolocation abilities and unique tendons that allow bats to easily hang upside down.
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Dr. Simmons starts every chapter with an appropriate quotation, either funny or relevant. Following the title and quote comes a facts packed, humorous look into a different aspect of the animal and plant world. This is a literary work revealing science. The sprinkling of tongue in cheek comments throughout the book was totally enjoyable.

I learned more interesting information about the animal kingdom from this book than I have gleaned in the rest of my life. Stories of the cell from hell, cockroaches running 3 times faster than cheetahs, the weaponry possessed by insects, hibernation and estivation, migration, etc. etc. etc. kept me entertained, amazed, and edified all at the same time. My appreciation for bacteria and even viruses went from zero to 90 in 4 pages.

To top it off the book finished with the most succinct argument against common descent, nondirected evolution that I have seen. After having had time to fully digest this, I label it a culinary masterpiece.

I recommend that all home school and private schools use this book

and also What Darwin Did Not Know, Dr. Simmons similar book on the human race, for classroom material.
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This fascinating book has been criticised as 'creationist propaganda'. Well, first I think 'propaganda' is a highly inappropriate expression since there is no attempt here to deceive or brainwash anyone into believing in a Creator. However, information which points clearly and inexorably away from Neo Darwinism and towards the Design hypothesis is presented by Geoffrey Simmons and why ever shouldn't he if that is where the evidence leads. I do feel that the author is just a little frantic to make his points but when one considers what he is up against (namely the evolutionary mainstream 'scientific' community) I feel it is entirely understandable. 'Billions of Missing Links' points, not to the discovery of links that have hitherto been missing, but to the persistent absence of them altogether which is one of the principle reasons why the theory of Common Descent has to be abandoned and replaced as no longer scientific. If there were links between species we would expect to have no trouble in finding gradual transitions literally by the billion - not just one or two spurious examples here and there most of which have been discredited. So, is the author a 'Creationist'? I'm not sure. All I can say is that the more discoveries there are, the more experiments that are performed. the more observations that are made and the more authors like Geoffrey Simmons reason on them the more the design hypothesis gains ground.
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No links between phyla, genera, orders, etc. Depending on how you define species, there may be a handful, like wolves to dogs. No explanation for plants with no eyes making themselves visual copies of bugs or rocks in the neighborhood. Nor for how migration, instinct, poison making, animal harpoon shooting, chemical warfare, symbiosis (cross species cooperation), the chemistry of childbirth, or how sexes and their million variations of how it is done via evolution or the 99.9999% harmful or fatal mutations.
One of the best books on intelligent design, which while not proving creation by God, sure makes it impossible to not consider a very likely option.
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To read this book, and Simmons' first What Darwin Didn't Know, and still deny the design in nature is, well, to defy reality. One must construct quite the cognitive dissonance to look at the science and the millions of complex systems that must have all formed simultaneously, essentially out of nothing, ignore the math and still say it was all an accident. It just can't happen, not even in billions of years. This is a book of science - not one of theology or "creationism." Very readable, but a mini course in biology along with Simmons other book. One of his few mistakes is when he writes that the Darwinists' "creation" is an "unbelievable random big bang followed by the accidental formation" of the universe. The big bang was the most finely-tuned event of them all that allowed life exist. This is why skeptics have always disliked and even came up with "big bang" to make fun of it (more on the fine-tuning in the cosmos in The Creator and the Cosmos and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is). Overall, a thought provoking book for all students of science, origins and life. See also The Cell's Design, Origins of Life and Darwin's Doubt.
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