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Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of…

Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA

by Daniel J. Fairbanks

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Marginal. The author purports to demonstrate evolution through DNA, and he does give some various examples of how evolution is printed in human DNA. It's okay as far as it goes (which isn't really all that far), but the author speaks way above the head of most laypeople, making it useless for me to assign to my freshmen students who haven't had a college biology class before. In the final two chapters, he purports to demonstrate that science and religion are fully compatible; I read with interest to see if there is anything new. Alas, no. He does a good job of detailing the history of conflict between the church and evolution, and gives a decent description (one of the better that I've read) of the fallout from the Scopes trial. But his argument in the end boils down to the same argument always given: Look, here are these scientists, and they believe in God and evolution. This is not evidence that they are compatible, since it is fully possible for the human brain (even rational scientists) to entertain totally incompatible thoughts, and to hold onto them for a long time. He also says it is telling that Darwin did not include reference to a Creator in his first edition of Origin; I agree, but I don't think it says what he thinks it says, and even if he did, a reference to a creator that is widely believed by the reading public is not evidence of the compatibility of religion and science, merely the compatibility of religion and marketing. Overall, not a total wash as a book, but somewhat tepid in spite of his full throated support of evolutionary theory. ( )
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This book explores this powerful DNA-based evidence of human evolution. The relics are the millions of functionally useless but scientifically informative remnants of our evolutionary ancestry trapped in the DNA of every person on the planet.

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