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Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design Paperback – July 24, 2007
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And so, because of these people, I really enjoyed this book. The author takes a strong position, and I happen to agree with him, mostly. I didn't learn much that I don't already know because I have studied evolution and I'm already on his side. But I get the sense that I could share this with book with those who don't agree, and have an intelligent discussion about it. I really don't know how this book will fare in the hands of religious people who emphatically dismiss and ridicule Darwin and favor intelligent design, but I appreciate the fact that the author doesn't indulge in insults. He simply teaches the reader about the facts of evolution and the scientific enterprise. "Intelligent Design" simply crumbles away because there's no science to support it. Shermer is attempting to blast unscientific ideas out of your belief system, but more than that, he's painting a flattering picture of the scientific enterprise, and evolutionary theory in particular. If you fall in love with the scientific enterprise, and see that Darwin played by the rules, you'll be in good shape.
Shermer's strategy is interesting. He'll probably never persuade many advocates to abandon their positions on intelligent design. The fundamentalists simply use ID as a vehicle for their entrenched religious beliefs.Read more ›
Shermer does not talk down to those who claim to understand evolutionary science, but clearly do not. Rather, he presents the various criticisms that have been made against evolution by ID theorists and answers them in a calm and rational manner.
He also presents the logic behind biological/evolutionary science in a masterful manner, directed to anyone with a high school education or above. He invites the reader to think about the arguments as he presents them, and carefully anticipates the traditional misunderstandings that ID theorists and creationists have ragarding science.
I think where Shermer is at his best is in his discussion of the reasoning process behind ID theory and creationism. As a former creationist himself, he understands their manner of thinking. I have many times wondered at the reasoning process used by those who criticize evolution and science in general. How can it be so easy to overlook the vast evidence in support of evolution and yet so easy to swallow the fabricated objections made up by creationist spokespersons? Shermer's view that places the true creationist objection of evolution outside of science makes good sense. The argument has been made before, as have most if not all arguments made in the book. Shermer's ability though is to express the discussion in a clear, fair, and logical manner.
I highly recommend the book to anyone interesting in the topic.
Shermer's terse tome is noteworthy for several reasons.Read more ›
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I had this book on hard cover but I gave it to my brother and downloaded a digital copy for my Kindle. One of the better books on natural selection that I have read.Published 7 months ago by ChadWilliam1
""Shermer is savage about the shortcomings of intelligent design
and eloquent about the spirituality of science . . . An invaluable primer. Read more
Reviewed by Dr. Andrea Diem-Lane
Shermer argues, rightfully so, that the ID movement is mainly a front for creationism. Read more
This book itself is cheaply made; a cheap paperback with light print on almost newsprint paper so trying to make readable notations on the pages is tough. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bishop
Another classic the deity folks hate because the truth bell keeps on ringing, oh woo-woo is they who cling to the writings of bronze age mystics. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book which covers the creation-evolution dispute quite well.Published 20 months ago by David R. Barkmeier
I'm an anthropologist so you know, I'm all about Darwin, evolution, science... Knowing who we are and where we came from is important to knowing where we are going... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by angel jones