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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design Paperback – Bargain Price, December 5, 2006
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W. Thomas Smith, Jr., has written four books, as well as thousands of articles for a variety of publications, including USA Today, George, U.S. News & World Report, and BusinessWeek.
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The book pretends to be a "balanced" look at the Intelligent Design controversy. Nonetheless, the book bulks the argument in such a way so as to give the impression that ID theory is somewhere on balance with Darwinian evolution by putting forward ID claims have long ago been addressed and falsified by scientists. Such claims as "Evolution runs contrary to the 2nd law of thermodynamics" show the willful ignorance of the authors. Many widely available articles explain how this asinine mis-interpretation of entropy depends on a closed system. The authors either have not done their research, or they are intentionally mis-representing the facts.
Every claim made in this book in favour of Intelligent Design has been refuted by scientists. Intellectual honesty demands that these refutations be dealt with if this book is to be considered balanced. This book does not do this.
This is a transparent attempt to make the "teach the controversy" position appear neutral and moderate while pushing the ID agenda.
P.S. Isn't the 9th commandment, "Thou shall not bear false witness/lie"?
Sixty meters underground, a river used to run through the limestone of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Because the limestone was uneven in density and porosity, the river carved an irregular channel, widening and contracting. Eventually, over a very long period of time, the surface of the land above underwent changes resulting from diminished rainfall. As the volume of water draining through the underground river decreased, the channel it had carved became a cave. Nonetheless, a trickle of rain still flowed through cracks and crevices, enough to maintain stable pools of fresh water in the lightless depths.
In one such pool lived a small school of fish of the family Characidae. Characids are an adaptable group, occupying many ecological niches of the planet Earth. The characids of this geologically isolated pool had several distinctive adaptations, the most unusual being that they were eyeless. Thus we can identify them henceforth as blind cave fish. Lacking sight, the blind cave fish were well equipped to detect vibrations of any sort through the sensory cells of their lateral lines, which was how they foraged for food as well as how they located each other for mating purposes. Fortunately, water is a superb transmitter of vibrations. Greater self-awareness would not have been adaptive in the bleak conditions of their pool, but if they'd possessed it, they would have had no reason to suppose that any other characids inhabited any other pool in this or any other cave, or indeed that any other pool in any other cave was inhabitable.
The blind cave fish had two rigid requirements for survival--oxygen and food.Read more ›
Old ID and creationist talking points are regurgitated as though never before heard. Even more damning, the accessible, logical, unified and fact based counter arguments readily available in the primary literature are never brought up, let alone addressed. The message here is clear. ID-ists are not prepared to deal honestly with evidence. The only goal they seek is the dissolution of evolutionary science. Any means by which this is accomplished is fine, even if less than honest practices are employed.
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A straightforward guide that is made lucid and fathomable to those attempting to understand the truth of God's magnificent universe. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Bartok Kinski
This book really helped me understand why teh all mighty god would go to such great lengths to test the true believers faith. Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Scott A. Trowbridge
This review from Uncommon Descent sums it up:
... seems to have sunk like a stone:
An objective overview of the biggest... Read more
Yes, I bought it used for very little money. You can too. And then leave this lying around. It's sure to start conversations. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by Michael A. Duvernois
A straightforward guide that is made lucid and fathomable to those attempting to understand the truth of God's magnificent universe. Read morePublished on November 21, 2008 by Bartok Kinski
i must say i found this book to be somewhat amusing, and if that's your intension then go for it, buy it. Read morePublished on August 19, 2008 by D. Piscina
This is the great deception of the ID movement: the idea that there is a controversy. Intelligent Design is not a competitor to the Theory of Evolution. Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by F. Wilson
If one wants a good example of religious dogma, intellectual dishonesty, and why americans are a laughingstock: look no further than this book.Published on April 4, 2008 by Jieyang Hu
The irony of this debate is that the religious intolerance one might expect to see coming from those who believe in the devine, actually seems to come most stridently from those... Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by Michael E. Shea