Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

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Macmillan, Aug 8, 2006 - Science - 199 pages
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A creationist-turned-scientist demonstrates the facts of evolution and exposes Intelligent Design's real agenda
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.
In Why Darwin Matters, bestselling author Michael 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 pseudoscientific 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.
Cutting the politics away from the facts, Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.
  

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Review: Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

This book is a great introduction to the evolution/rejection of evolution debate. It is not one for people who have read extensively on the subject, but it certainly does have its place as a well-written, accessible tl;dr for those just wanting to be exposed to the subject for the first time. Read full review

Review: Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

Needless to say, I disagree with the stanch naturalistic presuppositional tone in which this book was written. However, I picked this book knowing what to expect. Given that Michael Shermer is a ... Read full review

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Contents

1 The Facts of Evolution
1
2 Why People Do Not Accept Evolution
23
3 In Search of the Designer
34
4 Debating Intelligent Design
45
5 Science under Attack
89
6 The Real Agenda
106
7 Why Science Cannot Contradict Religion
116
8 Why Christians and Conservatives Should Accept Evolution
126
Why Science Matters
154
Genesis Revisited
162
Equal Time for Whom?
166
Notes
169
Selected Bibliography
185
Acknowledgments
188
Index
191
About the Author
201

9 The Real Unsolved Problems in Evolution
139

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Michael Shermer is the author of The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, The Science of Good and Evil, The Mind Of The Market, Why Darwin Matters, Science Friction, How We Believe and other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Southern California.

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