Physicist Mark Perakh critically reviews recent trends toward harmonizing religion and science. From intelligent design theories to arguments allegedly proving the compatibility of biblical stories with scientific data and "Bible codes" containing secret messages, Perakh shows that, however sophisticated in appearance, all such approaches are little more than tailoring evidence to fit the desired theory. Beginning with the design theorists, Perakh provides a detailed critique of the publications of William Dembski, Michael Behe, and Philip Johnson. In each case he clearly demonstrates lack of substantiation, internal contradictions, and multiple fallacies that mar their works. In Part Two he critiques the "mental acrobatics" of various Christian and Jewish writers whose works attempt to prove such unlikely propositions as: the inerrancy of the Bible, the harmony of the Torah and science, the duration of the six days of creation, and deriving a theory of nonrandom evolution from the Talmud. Part Three describes how genuine science is conducted, what the laws of science actually mean to practicing scientists, and what distinguishes real science from pseudoscience. In conclusion, Perakh discusses the rise and fall of the so-successfully cloak itself in the mantle of science. For everyone interested in separating scientific facts from the hype of trendy theories about science, this book is must reading.
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Review: Unintelligent DesignUser Review - Lesli - Goodreads
So far, I'd say it's a comprehensive analysis of why ID proponents fail, but the writing is far less readable than, for instance, Dawkins's books. Read full review
Review: Unintelligent DesignUser Review - Pete Foley - Goodreads
Very disappointing book. In the interest of full disclosure, I am an evangelical Christian and read this book at the behest of a good friend of mine who is an atheist (we each suggest books the other ... Read full review
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