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Why Darwin matters : the case against intelligent design

Author: Michael Shermer
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design" campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology. Cutting the politics away from the facts, skeptic Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Shermer
ISBN: 0805081216 9780805081213 9780805083064 0805083065
OCLC Number: 64511220
Description: xxii, 199 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prologue : Why evolution matters --
1. The facts of evolution --
2. Why people do not accept evolution --
3. In search of the designer --
4. Debating intelligent design --
5. Science under attack --
6. The real agenda --
7. Why science cannot contradict religion --
8. Why Christians and conservatives should accept evolution --
9. The real unsolved problems in evolution --
Epilogue : Why science matters --
Coda : Genesis revisited --
Appendix : Equal time for whom?
Responsibility: Michael Shermer.
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Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design" campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology. Cutting the politics away from the facts, skeptic Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents are invoking a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology. He refutes their arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. He then appraises the evolutionary questions that truly need to be settled, building a powerful argument for science itself.--From publisher description.

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"The idea that evolution and God should be at odds is among the strangest of doctrines, an attempt to make the divine follow our particular notions of how He should operate. Michael Shermer explains Read more...

 
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