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"Where has this book been all my life? This work by Dr. Hafer systematically overturns the arguments of the intelligent design movement with wit and plain language. As a pastor, I appreciate Hafer's contribution to clarity in our public discourse, both scientific and political. Her intention may be to restore science to its rightful place, but she has also done the faith community a favor, liberating it from a silly and unnecessary controversy."
--Julia Tipton Rendon, Crossroads United Church of Christ, Indianola, IA

"For an adequate account of the world, we must take a sober look at life as it really is. Hafer shows that things are a whole lot messier and makeshift than what some intelligent design theories would incline us to believe. This book has the potential not only to alter the political terrain in wars over evolution and creationism but also to prompt believers like me to rethink how we should talk about God as Creator."
--Thomas Jay Oord, author of
Divine Grace and Emerging Creation

"I've been dreaming of a politically edgy treatment of intelligent design and here it is at last. Abby Hafer is acutely intelligent and wonderfully witty. Read this book and laugh your way to clarity and wisdom."
--Wesley J. Wildman, Boston University, Boston, MA

"Three cheers for Abby Hafer! She did it and no one thought it could be done! She wrote a devastating critique of intelligent design that is clear, funny, scientifically accurate, and charming. Her book is a marvel of how popular science should be written. Oh, were there more scientific writers like Abby . . . "
--Michael Martin, Boston University, Boston, MA

"A delightful exploration of the quirks of our bodies that make biology so much fun, evolution so fascinating, life so explicable, and intelligent design creationism so preposterous."
--Steven Pinker, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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The Not-So-Intelligent Designer is a much-needed work in an America where anti-intellectualism is rampant and, shockingly, even candidates for high office frequently reject evolution. Abby Hafer has that rare ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in understandable terms for non-scientists, and this book is sure to enlighten many."
--David Niose, author of
Fighting Back the Right

"Hafer's book is a valuable contribution to debunking the claims of intelligent design and the notion of one or more gods intervening in the physics and biology of the real world. She writes in an engaging style that entertains as well as informs. I enthusiastically recommend it."
--Ellery Schempp, Brown University, Providence, RI

"Intelligent design creationism is a dangerously successful political ideology--they've passed laws, co-opted high school teachers, and nearly half the population identifies as creationist.
The Not So Intelligent Designer is a guidebook on how intelligent design fails, from unintelligently designed testes to intelligent design's unconstitutional religious agenda.''
--Zack Kopplin, organizer of the campaign to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, Baton Rouge, LA

''Hafer's ingenious strategy for dealing with creationists/intelligent design proponents has them by the balls!''
--John W. Loftus, author of
Why I Became An Atheist --Wipf and Stock Publishers

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The Not-So-Intelligent Designer is a scholarly book that is accessible and intelligible to the general reader. It is especially a must read for adherents of religious traditions who embrace modern science. Hafer does a masterful job of defining science, i.e. a way of knowing characterized by the formulation of a hypothesis, the gathering of evidence, drawing of conclusions, and repeating the experiment. She shows in a compelling way that the conclusions of advocates of intelligent design are beyond the purview of science. In fact, she provides a convincing demonstration of how the battles over intelligent design are over the nature of science itself.''
--Leslie A. Muray, Curry College, Milton, MA--Leslie A. Muray, Curry College, Milton, MA --Wipf and Stock Publishers

About the Author

Dr. Abby Hafer has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University. She is a Senior Lecturer who teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College. She gives frequent public lectures on why evolution is true and Intelligent Design/Creationism is not.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cascade Books (November 4, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 244 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1620329417
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1620329412
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches
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Abby Hafer has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University and teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College. She has worked on many different human physiology research projects, including ones at Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author of the book The Not-So-Intelligent Designer—Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not. Her work debunking Intelligent Design/Creationism includes frequent hilarious public lectures called “UnIntelligent Design—Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not”, "Animals That Shouldn’t Exist, According to Intelligent Design* *…but do anyway” and “Biology and Intelligent Design: They Really Do Speak Different Languages—and I Can Prove It.”

She believes that humor is a great way to puncture bad ideas and frequently asks crucial questions like “Who does the Creator like better—us, or squid?” and “Why do mudskipper fish climb trees?” and “Why do men’s testicles hang outside the body, but elephants have their testes inside the body? Men are subjected to all kinds of inconvenience and suffer severe pain and worse because of this unfortunate positioning. Does this Designer prefer elephants to men?” She understands that once she mentions men’s testicles, people will pay attention.

She has been interviewed on NPR, WBAI and other radio outlets on these and other important topics.

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