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Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis Paperback – January 6, 2016
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Michael Denton is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly a Senior Research Fellow in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand, he earned his MD from Bristol University and a PhD in biochemistry from King’s College in London. He is author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, and he has published articles in journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics,BioSystems, and Human Genetics.
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He presents examples such as the enucleation of red blood cells, feathers, genes, angiosperms, cells themselves, the tetrapod limb, etc. leading to the evolutionary bugbears of the human language and higher mental faculties, as examples of Darwinism's utter explanatory failure. The arguments for such seem to be watertight and are even more damning since these are taxa-defining novelties.
A brief summary of once such example: how did the enucleation of red blood cells ever evolve, taking into account the complexity of the cell structure and the thousands of structural changes needed to move the nucleus out of the cell? What fitness could a quarter-out or half-out cell provide to ensure it was passed on? How did the rest of the organism prepare for this change, since it could not be "tested" until it was fully functional? The other examples are similar and seem to be similar to irreducible complexity - so many things had to change all at once for these features to work.
The one deficiency is Denton's alternative proposal of some sort of biological plan or inevitability, that these novelties were just how life works out due to some sort of overarching biological laws. There's not much meat there, but then again, the only other logical possibility - and the one you may arrive at after reading through this menagerie of amazing apparent design - is the existence of an amazing Designer.
Readers who note differences between Denton and other ID figures (for instance universal common descent is assumed by Denton and questioned by Jonathon Wells) might enjoy Discovery Institute podcasts at evolutionnews.org featuring interviews with these scientists and even a conversation between Denton and the sharp tongued David Berlinski.