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The Top 10 Myths About Evolution Paperback – November 1, 2006
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"A modest proposal to reverse the national great leap backwards: I say we all familiarize ourselves with the compelling, crystalline logic of The Top Ten Myths about Evolution. Then, let's do our best to connect with those who have yet to accept the ancient legacy of life on earth as revealed by Darwin and affirmed in countless ways by the generations of science ever since."
co-author with Carl Sagan of Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
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The final two chapters veer from the book's approach in order to attack both so-called Creation Science and Intelligent Design theory. In particular, the authors go after ID's theory of irreducible complexity -- the idea that certain biological structures -- the eye or the flagellum of of a bacterium -- are far too complicated to have been designed by anything but a divine Creator.
As a pro-evolutionist (and devout theist, I might add), I congratulate the authors on their intent. However, the volume serves more as a reminder to the layman of how evolution can be misunderstood. At only 200 pages, the book is far too sketchy to persuade the doubter that evolution is the best way to explain the disparate lifeforms we encounter on Earth today. From a personal perspective, I have been more persuaded by the books of Stephen Jay Gould, Jared Diamond, Matt Ridley and others.Read more ›
"I constantly see evidence that Americans do not understand basic scientific principles. For example, the great mathematician and dead person Sir Isaac Newton (who also invented gravity) proved in 1853 that, no matter how hard you push, you cannot fit an object into an airplane storage compartment if the object is way bigger than the compartment. Americans still do not understand this."
Unfortunately, this is also true about the average American's knowledge about evolution.
Cameron Smith and Charles Sullivan clearly debunk the ten most common accusations made against evolution. Explaining it in layman's terms, Smith and Sullivan set the record straight on things like evolution is "just a theory", evolution is immoral, Intelligent Design is legitimate science, humans come from monkeys and six other claims made by opponents of scientific inquiry.
The book is very well written and researched and is an invaluable source for the average person who wants to read the facts about this topic. I am sure the authors had the fact that many people (my self included) do not remember what they were taught in school since people usually think of science as boring.
This book is sorely needed due to the lack of knowledge, misinformation in the media as well as supporters of creationism and un-Intelligent Design who deliberately lie about evolution and try to present their pseudo-science as fact.
The first misconception is in the common interpretation of the phrase "the survival of the fittest." The Darwinian jungle is indeed a jungle (and a savannah, an ocean, a river, a desert, etc.), but the key to survival--being "fit" and successfully reproducing--usually has a lot less to do with how sharp your claws or how great your physical strength. Rather it has to do with how well you can make a living in the environment you find yourself in. Fitness implies such things as a good immune system, the ability to co-operate with other living things, perhaps the ability to eat a wide variety of foods, or an abundant food that will not disappear, and so on. Being able to kick butt big time is probably not a good example of fitness.
Second misconception: "It's just a theory." Yes, and a tiger is just a cat. Or, would you believe that it is very remotely possible that the earth is not round. Or, yes it is possible that only I exist and I am just dreaming up all this stuff. Actually, evolution is as much of an established fact as any theory can be. A theory, by the way, as used by scientists, isn't just an unproven idea. It is "a logical, tested, well-supported explanation for a great variety of facts." The "theory" of evolution is supported by the fossil record and the analysis of the DNA of living organisms. It is demonstrated in our lifetimes by the adaptation of microorganism such as disease bacteria.Read more ›
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Succinct but enigmatic and informative, highly recommended even for aficionados of biological evolution and the logical order it entails. Excellent.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is very easy to understant
all the 10 wrong Myths about Evolution
and what Evolution realy is!!!...
Everyone has to read it!!!... Read more
This short, concise book is a great reference for those that may have trouble explaining to creationists what constitutes the theory of evolution. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by John F.
This is a good introduction to evolution. Very easy read. Straight forward. Consistent. The authors have experience with the apparent rift b/w religion and science that doesn't... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by James Crabbe
Smith writes gracefully and simply, directing the book to the informed but as-yet uneducated audience (myself). Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by William T. Boothman
Fascinating Easy to read ,learned so much , the notes at the end of each chapter are worth reading lots of good information contained within them , I wish everyone was open minded... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by J. W. Roberts
This is the kind of book to give to someone that doesn't follow science and doesn't know what science actually is. The misinformation about this subject has gone on for so long. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Tinker
The authors have done a poor job representing aspects of both sides in the Creation/Evolution debate. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Robert G. Davidson