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Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond Paperback – January 17, 2008
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About the Author
Laurie R. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts.
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Fervent fundamentalist religious groups (Jewish, Christian, or Islamic), have exhibited chronic allergies to science ever since Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" convincingly presented his theory of evolution by natural selection. Unweaving rainbows could be tolerated - but dismantling cherished creation myths spawned an array of pseudoscientific hives and rashes ranging from 'creation science' to 'Intelligent Design.'
Faith-based resistance to evolution - a theory supported by an overwhelming and extraordinary consilience of scientific evidence - has deleteriously impacted everything from separation of church and state to economic competitiveness as science, and science education, became essential prerequisites for information age economies and political systems. "Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism" thoroughly and convincingly deconstructs the all dog, no pony, creationist and ID sideshow with sixteen essays by prominent scientists, historians, and educators.
PART ONE focuses on the origins of 'scientific creationism' and 'Intelligent Design.' Ronald L. Numbers unmasks the shell-game strategies employed by creationists attempting to substitute religious dogma for science in American classrooms. Shortly after the Supreme Court rejected 'scientific creationism' in the 1987 Edwards v. Aguillard ruling 'Intelligent Design,' chronicled by Eugenie C. Scott, whelped into view. Sired by an unremarkable claque of born again lawyers, underachieving academics, and a Moonie; 'Intelligent Design' was accompanied by a strident but content-free PR initiative from The Discovery Institute for the Renewal of Science and Culture. John R.Read more ›
The opening section on the history and philosophy of creationism features superlative essays written by Ronald Numbers and National Center for Science Education executive director Eugenie Scott. Numbers' essay starts this section with a terse, but vivid, account of the history of American creationism.Read more ›
They note in the "Acknowledgements" section, "It is because we hear questions and concerns from parents, teachers, journalists, clergy, and school administrators that we have such an extensive knowledge of anti-evolutionary pseudoscience. Without them, most of us in the sciences and related fields would spend our time on our own narrow specialties. Because of these people and the challenges that are being raised against evolution in their own communities, we knew we had to bring the original 1983 book---Scientists Confront Creationism---up-to-date, and it is for them that we knew we had to succeed." (Pg. 9)
They add in the Preface, "Anti-evolutionism is back, and it has new aliases. But, as many chapters in this book will show, these aliases are little more than new labels for the same tired arguments... The substance of the argument has changed little in the years since this book's first edition... We seek here to address the newer `alternatives' and approaches, such as `intelligent design theory,' and (1) to show explicitly their links to the `creation science' that motivated the first edition; and (2) to provide a critique of more recent anti-evolutionist materials and formulations... Anti-evolutionism is...Read more ›
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Editor Andrew Petto teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Wisconsin, and Editor Laurie Godfrey teaches anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steven H Propp
The essence of this book is 14 essays which challenge the verity of Creationism and expose it as the fraud that it is. The book is divided into 3 parts. 1. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert Williams
This book is really good. Written by the best in many fields. The main fields of conflict between intelligent design and science are cosmology, biology and evolution, where science... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Koan
The book met my low expectations. You sold what I ordered. There was nothing wrong with Amazon's service or representations that I am finding fault with. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wesley E. Smith
Another very well written and provocative book that informs and yes is also easy to read (in most part). Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by Michael E. Keller
The essays in the book are readable and worth the price of the book. In a time where the fact of evolution is so very pervasive in our society, this book informs and educates. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by ReaderOne
It really comes down to the source. Did the book really successfully answer your questions? Are you really prepared to accept that there is nothing beyond this physical universe? Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Questions
This review pertains to the paperback "Scientists Confront Creationism, Intelligent Design and Beyond" (2007), and also to the hardcover "Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by J. G. Lewis
Scientists Confront Creationism is a series of academic essays addressing the misinformation posited and obfuscation used by the ID/Creationist/Christian Scientist crowd in its... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by T. McKinney