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Darwin's black box : the biochemical challenge to evolution

Author: Michael J Behe
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©1996.
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Virtually all serious scientists accept the truth of Darwin's theory of evolution. While the fight for its acceptance has been a long and difficult one, after a century of struggle among the cognoscenti the battle is over. Biologists are now confident that their remaining questions, such as how life on Earth began, or how the Cambrian explosion could have produced so many new species in such a short time, will be  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Behe
ISBN: 0684827549 9780684827544
OCLC Number: 34150540
Description: xii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: PART ONE: The Box is Opened --
1. Lilliputian Biology --
2. Nuts and Bolts --
PART TWO: Examining the Contents of the Box --
3. Row, Row, Row Your Boat --
4. Rube Goldberg in the Blood --
5. From Here to There --
6. A Dangerous World --
7. Road Kill --
PART THREE --
8. Publish or Perish --
9. Intelligent Design --
10. Questions about Design --
11. Science, Philosophy, Religion.
Responsibility: Michael J. Behe.
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The author introduces the reader to such biochemical wonders as vision, blood-clotting and cellular transport, showing in each case the delicate synergy of the machines of the human body. He argues  Read more...

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Peter Van InwagenProfessor of Philosophy, Notre Dame UniversityThis book will do much to correct the common misapprehension that anyone who questions the Darwinian theory of evolution must be a Read more...

 
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The Major technical work of Intelligent Design Creationism

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This book is the best written and most accessible of the works of the Intelligent Design movement of post-1986 creationism. Behe is one of the few members of ID that has a PhD in the biological sciences, so he is looked to by others for scientific and technical details.

 

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Irreducible Complexities

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Darwin's Black Box: the biochemical challenge to evolution has an fabulous portion on the support of irreducible complexities. This book is perfect to be used as a reference when discussing the validity of Creationism and also how evolution has been disproven because of recent study.

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