Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

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Harper Collins, Jun 18, 2013 - Science - 560 pages
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When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.  

In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

 

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revealing the troubled state of neo-Darwinism

User Review  - bookwomanjoan - Christianbook.com

Meyer centers his book on the “Cambrian explosion,” an event Darwin himself viewed as a “troubling anomaly” and one he hoped future fossil discoveries would eliminate.” (xii) Meyer has divided his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jotto - LibraryThing

This is the second of two major works by philosopher of science, Stephen C. Meyer arguing for the thesis that the evolutionary process is a designed process. The core of Dr. Meyer's argument in this ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
The Mystery of the Missing Fossils
Darwins Nemesis
The Burgess Bestiary
Soft Bodies and Hard Facts
The Not Missing Fossils?
The Genes Tell the Story? 6 The Animal Tree of Life
Punk Eek
The Epigenetic Revolution
After Darwin What?
The PostDarwinian World and SelfOrganization
Other PostNeoDarwinian Models
The Possibility of Intelligent Design
Signs of Design in the Cambrian Explosion
The Rules of Science
Whats at Stake

How to Build an Animal
The Cambrian Information Explosion
Combinatorial Inflation
The Origin of Genes and Proteins
Assume a Gene
Complex Adaptations and the NeoDarwinian Math
The Origin of Body Plans
Responses to Critics of the First Edition of Darwins Doubt
Acknowledgments
Undeniable Notes
Bibliography
Credits and Permissions
About the Author
Copyright

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Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science after working as an oil industry geophysicist. He now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He authored Signature in the Cell, a (London) Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year.

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