- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Revised ed. edition (June 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062071475
- ISBN-13: 978-0062071477
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 820 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design Revised ed. Edition
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“It’s hard for us paleontologists to admit that neo-Darwinian explanations for the Cambrian explosion have failed miserably....Meyer describes the dimensions of the problem with clarity and precision. His book is a game changer.” (Dr. Mark McMenamin, paleontologist at Mt. Holyoke College and coauthor of The Emergence of Animals)
“Darwin’s Doubt represents an opportunity for bridge-building rather than dismissive polarization—bridges across cultural divides in great need of professional, respectful dialogue—and bridges to span evolutionary gaps.” (Dr. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and author of Regenesis)
“Meyer writes beautifully. He marshals complex information as well as any writer I’ve read....a wonderful, most compelling read.” (Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author)
“Darwin’s Doubt is by far the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive review of the evidence from all relevant scientific fields that I have encountered in more than forty years of studying the Cambrian explosion.” (Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lonnig, senior scientist emeritus (biologist) at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research)
“Meyer demonstrates, based on cutting-edge molecular biology, why explaining the origin of animals is now not just a problem of missing fossils, but an even greater engineering problem at the molecular level....An excellent book and a must read.” (Dr. Russell Carlson, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Georgia and technical director of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center)
“Darwin’s Doubt is an intriguing exploration of one of the most remarkable periods in the evolutionary history of life.... No matter what convictions one holds about evolution, Darwinism, or intelligent design, Darwin’s Doubt is a book that should be read, engaged and discussed.” (Dr. Scott Turner, professor of biology at the State University of New York and author of The Tinkerer's Accomplice)
“It is a tour de force…This book is well informed, carefully researched, up–to–date and powerfully argued. It confronts Darwin’s doubt and deals with the assumptions of Neo–Darwinism. This book is much needed and I recommend it to students of all levels, to professionals and to laypeople.” (Dr. Norman C. Nevin OBE, BSc, MD, FRCPath, FFPH, FRCPE, FRCP; Professor Emeritus in Medical Genetics, Queen's University, Belfast)
“Darwin’s Doubt is another excellent book by Stephen Meyer. Stephen Meyer has clearly listened to the arguments of those who are sceptical about intelligent design and has addressed them thoroughly. It is really important that Darwinists read this book carefully and give a response.” (Dr. Stuart Burgess, Professor of Design and Nature, Head of Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University)
“I spend my life reading science books. I’ve ready many hundreds of them over the years, and in my judgment Darwin’s Doubt is the best science book ever written. It is a magnificent work, a true masterpiece that will be read for hundreds of years.” (George Gilder Technologist, economist, and New York Times bestselling author George Gilder Technologist, economist, and New York Times bestselling author George Gilder Technologist, economist, and New York Times bestselling author George Gilder Tec)
“The issue on the table is the mechanism of evolution—is it blind and undirected or is it under the control of an intelligence with a goal in mind? In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen Meyer has masterfully laid out one of the most compelling lines of evidence for the latter.” (Dr. William S. Harris, Professor, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota)
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Charles Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the "Cambrian explosion," 530 million years ago many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In Darwin's Doubt Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but also because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal.
Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the theory of intelligent design—which holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection—is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals.
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But another, and significantly shorter, section of the book is dedicated to the second portion of the sub-title: the case for intelligent design. Meyer, who grew up within the world of Neo-Darwinism and who authored the important “Signature in the Cell”, explains how he came around to belief in intelligent design as both the best explanation for what we know (and intuit) as backed by scientific principles and understandings about the origin of animal life but also about how intelligent design, so often decried as non-science by mainstream scientists who have been practically brainwashed into rejecting it, can stand as a true scientific explanation to life’s origins. In the end it isn’t terribly complicated as it posits that an intelligence is responsible for the creation and origin of animal life, and there are tremendously good reasons and supports for believing so, though this explanation will fail to satisfy many within the scientific community because they believe that it endorses religion and because they think that it takes their knowledge (or their control of what they think knowledge is) out of their hands and instead of their feeling that they have “all the answers” they end up in a big shrug of the shoulders. Of course that doesn’t feel good, and nobody wants that, but is that a reason to deny a probably important truth? And does it mean that biological science can’t offer any important answers, or information, if intelligent design isn’t true?
Of course it doesn’t! Science has yielded an incredible amount of valid and irreducibly important information on so many things. But “science” has never been the creator of this information, but merely the uncoverer (the detective, so to speak, that finds the answers to riddles and complexities). To his credit Meyer addresses the issues of both the philosophy of science (in brief, though) and the issue of what proper belief is worth, especially in the case of if intelligent design is in fact truth. Intelligent design doesn’t just offer an alternate, better explanation on the origin of life but it also leads to different questions, different types of questions (both fundamental and foundational), and suggests new ways to look at life that can yield quicker returns on info and our ability to develop. Meyer also doesn’t dodge the issue of religion in relation to intelligent design. What he does, though, is not support any one religion (nor do I remember him identifying what particular faith he espouses) or even that the idea that a particular religion can be inculcated or should be interwoven into a scientifically based framework of understanding, but that belief in intelligent design does offer the potential for satisfying reasons for why life exists (whereas random chance does not as we are left to our own devices in the big, scary, cold and impersonal universe). This, too, is an important aspect of the discussion but it’s not the foremost issue that Meyer deals with. But, it is dealt with. What a fantastic book! Highly recommended.
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