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Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer

Why Darwin Matters

by Michael Shermer

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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. Cutting the politics away from the facts, skeptic 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 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.--From publisher description.… (more)



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Excellent book, well-documented, well-reasoned and goes on the "must read" list for our homeschoolers, if only to learn from Shermer in how to frame and refute the arguments.

It's not a long read, and covers much material previously published, but I like that Shermer is willing to engage the purveyors of non-science, for while I agree with Dawkins et al that engaging in debate legitimizes what is absurd, someone needs to cogently demonstrate such absurdity.

He does a good job explaining why science cannot disprove religion but also how religion cannot conscript science to support its aims, for science easily disproves such attempts if that door is opened..

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  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I am a fan of Shermer's column in Scientific American, and this is a further reason to pay attention to what he writes. There are three themes that run through this book-- Shermer's personal experiences as a creationist who becomes a champion of science and reason, the scientific reasons who know evolution to explain the world and the fundamental differences between science and religion, and the social conflict that arises when we try to mix religion and governing.

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  GaryAckermanPhD | May 1, 2016 |
A great review of many arguments against intelligent design. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jan 25, 2016 |
Nicely done, covering most of the avenues of dissent with the unbelievers. A little esoteric at times, but mostly an enjoyable read. ( )
  untraveller | Oct 15, 2015 |
A short, easy-to-read book from the editor of Skeptic Magazine. Shermer discusses the difference between the science of evolution and the idea of intelligent design, and explains why the one is taught in science classes while the other is best left to places of worship. This book should be required reading for high school science students (and, in some cases, their teachers). ( )
1 vote Devil_llama | Dec 23, 2011 |
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