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Evolutionists Vs. Creationists

The Triumph of Evolution...And the Failure of Creationism
by Niles Eldredge
Hardcover - 224 pages (May 2000)
W H Freeman & Co; ISBN: 0716736381 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 9.32 x 6.26

Book Description
Why is there still so much anti-evolution sentiment in the United States at the start of the Third Millennium? Why does the debate that began in 1859, when Charles Darwin successfully established the study of evolution, still rage in 2000? How can America tolerate the continued attack by conservative elements within the Judeo-Christian tradition on the quality of science education when science and its technological offshoots are so essential to our future well being and prosperity?

Niles Eldredge, a leading expert on evolution and the diversity of life, has studied creationism and debated creationists for over two decades. Now, in The Triumph of Evolution, he presents the most up-to-date examination of the creation-evolution confrontation available. In this incisive narrative, he reveals the creationists' basic argument and their strategies for advancing it--including the recent attack on "philosophical naturalism" and emphasis on models of "intelligent design" by creationist Phillip Johnson and his colleagues. He also counters the charges that the study of evolution cannot be scientific or that it leads to the demise of family, religion, and traditional values.

The Triumph of Evolution counters all these arguments with a simple overview of the evolutionary process--and a ringing declaration of the scientific nature of the study of evolution. Eldredge disavows the ongoing dissonance between science and religion and seeks instead a resonance in the pressing issue of catastrophic species loss on Earth. It is a problem that can be solved only if science and the adherents of the world's religious traditions pool their understanding, knowledge, and resources together. Ultimately, The Triumph of Evolution challenges all of us to leave the stale debates of the nineteenth century to confront the vital problems of the next century.

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The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates
by Michael Ruse, Edward O. Wilson

Paperback - 336 pages (December 2001)
Rutgers University Press; ISBN: 0813530369 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 9.94 x 6.44

Other Editions: Hardcover

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Tower of Babel : The Evidence Against the New Creationism
By Robert T. Pennock

Paperback - 456 pages Reprint edition (April 2000)
MIT Press; ISBN: 0262661659 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.12 x 8.96 x 5.90
Other Editions: Hardcover Editorial Reviews
The face of creationism has been through some major plastic surgery in the past decade or so. The leading proponents of "intelligent design theory" have left the ranting flat-earth types behind and found respected positions in the academic world from which to launch attacks on mainstream science. Philosopher of science Robert T. Pennock has explored all sides of the ongoing debate, which remains (despite the protestations of many creationists) more about biblical inerrancy than scientific evidence. His book Tower of Babel examines the new directions antievolutionists have taken lately, but goes beyond a mere recounting of recent history by proposing a new avenue of counterattack: linguistics.

The parallels are striking once we look closely: Genesis proclaims that God created all human languages at one stroke, while modern scientific thought proposes linguistic evolution similar in form to genetics. Best of all for scientists, though, linguistic change is much more rapid than biological change, and we have actually observed what might be called "speciation events" to have occurred historically in languages. While not meant to supplant traditional arguments against creationism, Pennock's ideas certainly supplement them and will be useful to educators and researchers alike. His sense of urgency is compelling; he sees the future of scientific education and freedom at stake and argues strongly for a separation between private beliefs and public knowledge. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Abusing Science : The Case Against Creationism
by Philip Kitcher
Paperback Reprint edition (March 1984)
MIT Press; ISBN: 026261037X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.53 x 8.93 x 5.84
Editorial Reviews
Book Description
Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-science. It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science. The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non-scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values. It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the 1980s, but since it must, Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and forcefully.

Not long ago, a federal court struck down an Arkansas law requiring that "scientific" Creationism be taught in high school science classes. Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle, but their cause continues to thrive. Their efforts are directed not only at state legislatures but at local school boards and textbook publishers. As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book, the integrity of science is under attack. The methods of inquiry used in evolutionary biology are those which are used throughout the sciences. Moreover, modern biology is intertwined with other fields of science--physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. Creationists hope to persuade the public that education in science should be torn apart to make room for a literal reading of Genesis.

Abusing Science refutes the popular complaint that the scientific establishment is dogmatic and intolerant, denying "academic freedom" to the unorthodox. It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically, one by one, showing clearly just why they are at best misguided, at worst ludicrous.

The Blind Watchmaker : Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
by Richard Dawkins
Paperback - 358 pages reissue edition (September 1996)
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393315703 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 8.20 x 5.49
Editorial Reviews
Richard Dawkins is not a shy man Edward Larson's Research
shows that most scientists today are not formally religious, but Dawkins is an in-your-face atheist in the witty British style:


I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian world-view happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence.

The title of this 1986 work, Dawkins's second book, refers to the Rev. William Paley's 1802 work, Natural Theology, which argued that just as finding a watch would lead you to conclude that a watchmaker must exist, the complexity of living organisms proves that a Creator exists. Not so, says Dawkins: "All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way... it is the blind watchmaker."

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Science on Trial : The Case for Evolution
by Douglas J. Futuyma

Paperback - 287 pages Reprint edition (April 1995)
Sinauer Assoc; ISBN: 0878931848 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 8.19 x 5.44

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Evolution and the Myth of Creationism : A Basic Guide to the Facts in the Evolution Debate
by Tim M. Berra

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Science and Earth History : The Evolution/Creation Controversy
by Arthur N. Strahler

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Scientists Confront Creationism
by Laurie R. Godfrey (Editor)

Paperback (April 1984)
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393301540 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 7.35 x 4.74

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The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action

by Wendy Northcutt

Hardcover - 256 pages (October 19, 2000)
E P Dutton; ISBN: 0525945725 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 7.62 x 5.50 Editorial Reviews
Warning: The Darwin Awards are not for the tenderhearted. The vastly popular Web site, now a book, recognizes "individuals who ensure the long-term survival of our species by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion." Who wins a Darwin Award? Terrorists who set their bombs on daylight saving time and delivered them on standard time, blowing themselves up. Folks who put garlands around a Bengal tiger's neck. Guys in Cambodia who took turns stomping on a land mine they'd brought into a bar. The six Egyptians who drowned trying to rescue a chicken that fell into a well. (The chicken alone survived.) The Buenos Aires husband who threw his wife out an eighth-floor window during a spat, noticed she'd gotten caught in power lines, and jumped after her, "angrily trying to finish the job, or remorsefully hoping to rescue her." He went splat; she escaped unscathed. There are some urban legends, like the sergeant said to have attached a Jet-Assisted Take-Off unit to his Chevy and hit a cliff 125 feet up (not true, says author Wendy Northcutt), and all-too-true honorable mentions, like the man who put weather balloons on his lawn chair, soared to 16,000 feet, crashed into power lines, blacked out Long Beach, California, and told police, "A man can't just sit around." My favorite winner: the man who was bitten nine times by the same king brown snake because he put it in a bag on his car seat and kept sticking his hand back into the bag. Why did he pick up the snake with his left hand? "Because I was holding a beer in my right one." And where did this take place? In Darwin, Australia. If you think somebody up there doesn't have a wicked sense of humor, The Darwin Awards may change your mind. --Tim Appelo

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But Is It Science? : The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy (Frontiers of Philosophy)
by Michael Ruse (Editor)

Paperback - 406 pages (August 1996)
Prometheus Books; ISBN: 1573920878 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 8.98 x 6.02

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