The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism

The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism

Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters

Book - 2006 | First edition.
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This clear, lively, and systematic presentation examines the scientific evidence for evolution and reaches for the widest possible audience--from scientific minds to those with no science background at all. Forcefully rejecting creationist objections to evolution and including a critique of Intelligent Design, it argues that they are part of a larger social agenda. With discussion that celebrates the fascination to be found in studying the diversity and complexity of life, this examination suggests with some urgency that the science of evolution is crucial to the existence of science itself.
Publisher: Chicago : Insight, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780976023678
Branch Call Number: 576.8 Sky
Characteristics: viii, 338 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 27 cm


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May 15, 2015

To naturalist,
Darwin didn't discover natural selection. Many scientists before him had observed it, but Darwin turned from science to transformers i.e. evolution of kinds, not species.

I don't think the author of this book really understands the creationist's (that is biblical creationists) position.

May 15, 2015

There is no scientific term "kind".
For example, domestic dog scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Carnivora, Family: Canidae, Genus: Canis, Species: C. lupus, Subspecies: C. l. familiaris, American Kennel Club (AKC) breed: Golden Retriever.
Read “On the Origin of Species” 1859, by Charles Darwin to see how his observations on artificial selection (selective breeding) of pigeons and livestock influenced his discovery of natural selection leading to descent with modification (without supernatural agency).
All the more remarkable that he got so much right without knowing about genetics.
Natural Selection was co-discovered by Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS (1823-1913)
For a summary of pre-Darwin thoughts on change over time (transmutation) and the diversity of life, read,
"Darwin's Ghosts - The Secret History of Evolution” by Rebecca Stott
published by Spiegel & Grau, 2012, 396 pages,
ISBN-10: 1400069378, ISBN-13: 9781400069378
listen to
“Evolutionary Biology - Part One the Darwinian Revolutions”
by Allen D. MacNeill
Recorded Books, 2011, 7 sound discs, + 1 CD-ROM,
ISBN-13: 9781461826576

Aug 31, 2014

I have started reading this book very recently, but in the short amount of time that I have had it I have spotted many flaws in it. For instance, the author claims that creationists believe that life has stayed unchanged since the beginning, I think that the author has gotten confused about this because I know that at least biblical creationists (like myself) believe that animals will change ''after their kind'' however the author seems to confuse ''kinds'' with ''species''. A kind is the general type of organism (for instance the dog kind, cat kind etc.), a species is a type of organism within a kind (for instance the Golden Retriever which is a species in the dog kind). Because the author has attacked a straw man thru ought the book, her arguments fail in several ways. I never really found any proof whatsoever that kinds have changed into other kinds, although the author did mention transitional fossils which all ways turn out to be either a mistaken fossil of one kind or fossils that have been ''modified'' to help prove evolutionary beliefs. But, my question is this: if evolution were true, then how would we know that our senses inform us correctly since our brains would be just a result of mutations accumulating over time?

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