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- Publisher: Discovery Institute; 1 edition (March 27, 2017)
- Language: English
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“In Zombie Science, Jonathan Wells gives both a very informative and entertaining account of the problems surrounding Darwinian evolution. He makes a compelling argument that the case in favor of evolution is being driven by a commitment to materialistic philosophy and not by scientific evidence. In fact, Wells convincingly shows that the ‘icons’ used to support evolution continue to be taught in spite of the increasing evidence against them. Whether a person is convinced of the truth of evolutionary theory, a skeptic, or convinced of the design argument, a clearer and greater understanding of the evolution/design debate will be gained by reading this book.” (Russell W. Carlson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia)
“On TV and at the movies, zombies are simultaneously scary and comedic. Zombie Science is even more frightening and, at times, even more laughable--and worthy of the exposure and ridicule Dr. Jonathan Wells delivers here with his customary gusto and clarity. This important new book makes a persuasive case that the most radical, least rational and tolerant of all contemporary religious faiths is the fundamentalist belief in materialism.” (Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host and author of The American Miracle)
“Zombie Science poses a crucial question: If it’s true that ‘Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution,’ as Darwinists often claim, why do textbooks continue to tout trivial, misleading, or downright fake illustrations fifteen years after Jonathan Wells first exposed many of them? If these are the best examples, the theory itself is extinct.” (Michael Behe, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University, and author of Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution)
“Evolutionary biologists provide contradictory hypotheses of the tree of life and mistaken answers on walking whales, junk DNA, the human eye, the origin of life, and many other captivating topics. To be up to date and informed on the many falsehoods dominating contemporary science and biology textbooks, I strongly recommend Zombie Science, the latest ‘politically incorrect’ book by Jonathan Wells.” (Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Dept. of Molecular Genetics, Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding Research, Cologne - retired)
“When I read Zombie Science, the old phrase ‘My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts’ kept coming to mind. Against the facts, Establishment Science continues to push a materialist narrative with religious zeal. Dr. Wells provides a very readable account of Establishment Science’s efforts to shore up a failed theory. Like zombies, neo-Darwinism just refuses to die. But readers will come away with good protection from the zombie arguments that keep appearing.” (Ralph Seelke, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Natural Sciences - Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Superior)
“In this sequel to his seminal book Icons of Evolution, molecular biologist Jonathan Wells not only responds to his critics, but reveals even more examples of dubious and overrated scientific evidence for evolution. He shows that the theory of macroevolution still lacks empirical support, and that the materialist dogma has corrupted modern science, which desperately tries to close the door for any alternative explanations like Intelligent Design. Wells’ book represents an important contribution for a paradigm change that is long overdue. It is easy to understand even for laymen, and an enjoyable read as well.” (Günter Bechly, Ph.D., Paleontologist and Former Curator for Amber and Fossil Insects, Dept. of Paleontology, State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany)
“Icons of Evolution proved the emperor has no clothes. Now Zombie Science shows that it doesn’t even have a pulse. In this lucid and highly readable sequel, Jonathan Wells again turns the tables on the Darwinists, documenting how their supposedly overwhelming evidence for unguided evolution is ‘one long bluff.’” (Tom Bethell, author of Darwin’s House of Cards and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science)
“Seventeen years ago Jonathan Wells exposed ten ‘icons of evolution’ that had wide acceptance but that didn’t fit the evidence. Now he demonstrates that these ‘icons’ not only continue to haunt the popular media and remain in commonly distributed textbooks, but that at least six more can be added to the list. Their persistence and proliferation suggest that these icons are now the substance of what he calls ‘zombie science,’ the promotion of dead ideas as if they were living facts. Wells’ strategy is to treat these dead icons like you would all zombies that prefer the cover of darkness: He removes the darkness, shedding revealing light on the ‘central dogma’ that DNA = RNA = Us, the myth of ‘walking whales,’ the notion of vestigial organs and other evolutionary ‘junk,’ the eye as an evolutionary icon, and the boasts of Darwinian medicine in ‘explaining’ antibiotic resistance and cancer. Told with a scathing wit that would have made Thomas Henry Huxley envious, Zombie Science is bound to be next on every Darwinian’s growing Index Librorum Prohibitorum. To conceal this contraband, Wells even includes instructions for making a plain brown cover for the book. I’m marking mine Pride and Prejudice, which may best describe the sources of this ‘zombie’ phenomenon. A fascinating, lively book that should be on everyone’s reading list.” (Michael A. Flannery Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and author of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life)
“I could not put this book down; every page has mind-opening information that exposes errors, misinterpretations and even fraud from the hardline Darwinian evolution proponents. Dr. Jonathan Wells has married his sharp wit and extensive research to deliver an exciting look at the flaws of Darwinian evolution that just keep popping up. If science educators were confident that the current teaching of Darwinian evolution could stand up to scientific criticism, then Dr. Wells’ work would be included in school and university syllabi; thus I don’t expect to see it in any biology textbook soon. There is a battle for the minds and culture of our future generations, but Dr. Wells shows good reason for optimism as more recent advances in biology come to light and an increasing body of the scientific community are realizing that the current teaching of evolution cannot stand up to recent discoveries.” (Dr. Philip Anderson, M.B., Ch.B. D.A. (South Africa) FRCA)
“Dr. Wells once again demonstrates his unique ability to bring clarity to the many misrepresentations of the evidence for Darwinian evolution that clutter biology textbooks today. This is the most comprehensive critique I have seen. It is a must read for truth-seeking biology students and their parents.” (Roger DeHart, M.A., high school biology teacher for forty years)
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He recently released this new book called, Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution. He begins the book with a narrative about the so-called “War on eggs,” in which the U.S. government promoted the idea that eggs cause cholesterol and are thus unhealthy.
There is only one problem with this longstanding narrative—It’s false. That’s right, the science simply doesn’t support the claim that eggs are bad for you. In fact, it’s just the opposite! In 2015, the U.S. government finally backed off.
What do we conclude from this? According to Dr. Wells, “Obviously, we cannot always trust what ‘science says,’ and an endorsement by the government doesn’t make it any more trustworthy. In fact, we are told many things by ‘science’ that are not true.”
What Is Zombie Science?
The premise of Zombie Science is that there is a similar phenomenon at work in the question of human origins. Rather than following the evidence wherever it leads, says Wells, many scientists are committed to methodological naturalism, which is the view that science is limited to materialistic explanations. Wells is careful to indicate that he is not calling certain people zombies, but rather that there is a persistence to defending materialistic explanations of science even after these examples have been shown to be empirically dead—hence his use of the title “zombies.”
In Icons, Wells analyzed ten of the most common examples for evolution and claims that they misrepresent the evidence. In Zombie Science, Wells updates his criticism, showing that the same examples keep appearing in textbooks, even though many scientists have known for decades that they misrepresent the evidence.
If these icons were innocent mistakes, then biologists would have eagerly corrected them, right? Since they persist, says Wells, there must be something else besides the evidence that keeps them “alive.”
For instance, Darwin considered embryological development the best evidence for his theory. He cited drawings from the German Biologist Ernst Haeckel, which allegedly reveal how the embryological development of various vertebrate animals mirrors the larger evolutionary story of common descent. Yet despite its prominence, it has been known since at least 1997 that the Haeckel’s drawings were cherry-picked, inaccurate, and fake. In fact, Wells concludes,
“The real issue is that Haeckel’s drawings omitted half of the evidence—the half that doesn’t fit Darwin’s claim that embryos are most similar in their early stages” (58).
Nonetheless, Haeckel’s drawings continue to appear in textbooks published after 2000, such as Donald Prothero’s 2013 textbook Bringing Fossils to Life. And the 2016 textbook Biology, by Mader and Windelspecht, uses re-drawn versions of Haeckel’s embryos that make the same (mistaken) point.
Publishers could possibly be forgiven if this was the only mistake. But as Wells indicates, similar evidential misrepresentations continue for other “icons” including the Miller-Urey experiment, Archaeopteryx, peppered moths, Darwin’s finches, and more. Like zombies, these “evidences” simply won’t die.
Towards the end of the book, Wells makes a bold prediction:
“Today, evolutionary theory is like spring ice. It still covers the lake, and to many people it still looks solid. But it’s honeycombed with melt-water. It can no longer carry the weight it once did. Summer is on the way.”
You may agree with Dr. Wells. Or you may think he’s mistaken. But a book with as cool of a title as Zombie Science at least deserves a fair reading.
The writing style is clear, easy to understand, very informative, and at times entertaining. Well's reasoning is logical, unlike many in the pro-Darwinian camp; a case in point being in the (so far) single negative review, where the reviewer insists that "transitional form" need not actually be transitional in line of descent between an ancestor and later organism, and criticizes Wells for pointing out this bit of equivocation. In Darwinland people apparently don't understand the illogic or recognize the sleight of hand of redefining "transitional" as "intermediate in some characteristics but not demonstrably or even necessarily in the line of ancestry" and then using the redefined term "transitional" as if it still somehow provides evidence for common ancestry. Those who want to use dead-ends to support the argument for common descent need to find another term and some new logic.
I would have liked to see more on cladistics; it needs to made clearer that given the variety of hypothesized ancestral lines one can construct from the same proposed relationships, it's logically quite impossible to use cladistics to support common descent. I also would have liked to see more specifics about whales with a more comprehensive addressing of their supposed ancestors. Perhaps if there is a second edition these chapters could be expanded.
For someone looking for an excellent, brief, but substantive overview and critique of the"icons" used to support the privileged position Darwinian evolution holds today in our society and schools, this book is a great read and resource.
The author covers well-known evidences for evolution and shows how some are outright frauds, some are weak, and some might simply be based on misunderstandings of the data.
The main problem I had was that it was impossible to know everything everyone had said about such a controversial area, so I was left to trust that the author was showing me the whole thing rather than just constructing an argument and controlling what information the reader receives. This didn't bother me too much, because proponents of evolution do this all the time without any qualms. Still, I'd like to know that I know both sides fully.
I hope that authors like this one keep putting out longer, more detailed books about the topic for those who want to take a deep dive.