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

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20 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Meyer's book is meticulously researched with citations to hu

Dr. Meyer's book is meticulously researched with citations to hundreds of scientific articles and journals.  His writing makes it easy for even non technical readers to understand . 

posted by Anonymous on June 18, 2013

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16 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

Should be classified as religion, not science. No new ideas her

Should be classified as religion, not science. No new ideas here; just the same ol' Discovery Institute propaganda.

posted by Rooty1 on June 21, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    arwin¿s Doubt explained things to me that I wished I knew 20 yea

    arwin’s Doubt explained things to me that I wished I knew 20 years ago.
    In Darwin’s Doubt, Meyer focuses on a few major themes, often referring back to the Cambrian explosion. In Part One, “The Mystery of the Missing Fossils,” he reviews what evolutionists call the Cambrian explosion, in which 20 unrelated phyla, for which no known evolutionary common ancestor has been found in the earlier Precambrian strata, appear abruptly. The lack of common ancestors for these animals in the fossil record has troubled, or should have troubled, evolutionists ever since Darwin first admitted it in On the Origin of Species.
    Part Two, “How to Build an Animal,” is devoted to genetics. He examines the sudden information explosion that took place in the early Cambrian Period. Meyer then shows the unlikely probabilities of overcoming combinatorial inflation in sequence space and acquiring the myriads of genetic instructions of specified complexity that are needed to build the animals of the 20 phyla that appeared abruptly in the Cambrian explosion. This is followed by questioning how genes, proteins and body plans could originate according to neo-Darwinism; and finally, by the problem of epigenetics as it relates to the Cambrian explosion.
    Part Three, “After Darwin What?” deals with the kinds of evolutionary theories that attempt to replace the dominant neo-Darwinian synthesis, such as “self-organi¬zation,” as Stuart Kauffman proposes (see below), Punctuated Equilibrium Theory propounded by Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (evo-devo) formulated by developmental biologists such as Rudolf Ruff.

    I was most impressed with Meyer’s discussion on early-acting developmental genes, the ones that lay out the body plan and essential cell types and organs.
    Leading researchers in developmental biology have been running into the problem of changing the basic body plans of various organisms. One thing they have all discovered is that mutations in the early-acting genes always produce seriously detrimental or lethal effects in the developing organism. Probably none of the organisms that suffered laboratory induced mutations would be able to survive in the wild. They don’t survive well in carefully controlled lab conditions either.
    Darwinists say that new body plans arose by a process of mainly single mutations guided by natural selection over long periods of time. In clear detail, Meyer explains why this is prohibited. The early-acting developmental genes are extremely sensitive to point mutations, and natural selection (death or extreme disability) weeds out hapless organisms that have acquired mutations on this level.
    Later acting development genes aren’t as critical. They can assimilate a mutation, but even then, the mutations are deleterious to a lesser or greater extent.
    Meyer brings up another important problem that gets swept under the carpet. The role of probabilities presents an insuperable barrier. He talks about sequence space, which I understand as a kind of universe that contains all the possible combinations of nucleotide bases. The gulf between one functional nucleotide sequence, i.e., a gene, and another is immense. The probability of obtaining the needed sequence by random events to code for an average protein is extremely low. Even if there had been a protein capable of coding for itself and effecting its own replication, the probability of such a protein ever arising by random associations of amino acids is infinitesimal. He discussed the findings of mathematicians, engineers and other scientists at a conference at the Wistar Institute in 1966 called Mathematical Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Interpretation of Evolution.
    Meyer discussed many other issues, but his main theme was the lack of ancestral organisms to the 20 phyla that appeared abruptly in the Cambrian Explosion. Evolutionists long blamed the rarity of soft-bodied ancestors of the 20 phyla on the extremely low likelihood that they would ever get fossilized. However, enough soft-bodied fossils have been discovered along with fossilized ephemeral tracings such as animal burrows, tracks, raindrops, and the like that makes one doubt whether their excuse for the lack of soft-bodied ancestors is valid.
    Darwin’s Doubt is a well-researched and well-written book that contains much important information related to claims made by evolutionists. Of course, evolutionists themselves admit many of these problems in peer-reviewed literature meant for their colleagues rather than the general public. The case for evolution is crumbling.I noticed a one-star reviewer thought Darwin's Doubt should be classified as a religion and not science. So too should books on evolution.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    This is an excellent presentation on the evolution of Darwin's h

    This is an excellent presentation on the evolution of Darwin's hypothesis . The emphasis is on the Cambrian fossil record whose existence Darwin was aware of but could not explain. He felt later discoveries would provide the answers but alas, later discoveries have only compounded the problems for Macro biological evolution. Meyer examines the hypothesis and experiments of scientist since Darwin who have tried to butress his position and modifying it where necessary in the first 16 chapters. In each case Meyer reveals the weaknesses and it is most interesting that the evolutionary scientist provide him with the scientific evidence to do so . One mystery that he brought to the fore in his previous book ,"Signature in the Cell" he alluded to in this book , for with the materialists it is an insurmountable obstacle," Where did the information come from ?"

    The last few chapters discuss "Intelligent Design". Meyer explains the use of the abductive method of logic by historical scientists and explains why the ID hypothesis presents the best explanation for the available evidence.

    In recent discussions I have had, evolutionist infer that the consensus among the scientific community is uniform and that it speaks as with one voice. This is contrary to the facts as illustrated by the various avenues of research conducted since Darwin's time as revealed in this book . Meyers quotes of recent remarks by scientists indicate a theory in crisis and a possible institutional implosion in the near future. I am thankful for all the effort the evolutionary scientists have expended to prove the unproven and I think the apparent unproveable hypothesis.

    "Darwin's Doubt" is a shot across the bow of an entrenched philosophy embracing counter intuitive a priori commitments to materialistic methodism . It is the herald of a pardigm shift .

    Meyer does not challenge the geological column or the dating methods which put the age of the earth at nearly 4 billion years old . He makes reference to the Zircon method which I am unfamiliar with but the issue has made me curious as I am a young earth creationist. I have recently acquired another book which addresses the age of the universe and presents an argument which declares to reconcile the old age universe and mineral foundation of earth with a young earth biosphere based upon a detailed study of the Hebrew language used in Genesis, Exodus and Job and modern scientific conclusions. The book is "The Age of the Universe: What Are the Biblical Limits?" by Gorman Gray.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    I give this book five stars for establishing a milestone in the

    I give this book five stars for establishing a milestone in the scientific literature on the origin and evolution of life. While it repeats some of the material in Meyer's previous books, this new work is more up to date and comprehensive with respect to the variety of scientific issues. Much attention is given to the fossil evidence that is inconsistent with neo-Darwinism, but Meyer also covers the main arguments involving information theory, probability theory, biochemistry, irreducible complexity, and other tools and disciplines. The arguments are backed up by hundreds of citations of scientific publications.

    The text focuses entirely on the scientific issues and avoids personal attacks on pro-Darwin authors, despite the voluminous ad hominem screeds from the other side. Indeed, the professional tone throughout Darwin's Doubt stands in telling contrast to the caustic language of the increasingly defensive Darwinists.

    Meyer's approach in this book, as well as in "Signature" and "Explore Evolution," includes thorough treatments of the most common explications that attempt to support Darwin. For example, he reviews in detail the concept of the "animal tree of life" as a model for the common-descent and speciation ideas fostered by Darwin's theory. Citing a number of published examples of the tree model, he shows that they are inconsistent, conflicting, and flawed to the point that the model fails to hold up.

    The book makes a strong case against the basic neo-Darwinian theory of evolution and presents a persuasive argument that some mechanism involving purposeful design must be at work. The source of the required intelligence is a great question that remains unanswered, which is an intriguing and profound challenge for science. Indeed, I think that the discovery of the design function will merit a Nobel Prize.

    In effect, Meyer is calling for a new theory of evolution, one that takes into account the evidence for a design function. Other authors who are making the same or similar appeals for research include Michael Denton, Michael Behe, William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Donald E. Johnson, and Douglas Axe. Meyer has produced a compendium of the research data and viewpoints of these scholars and dozens more, organized into a well documented and soundly reasoned case. Any serious student of evolution, whether pro-Darwin, skeptical, or undecided, would be well advised to study this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    How is this in the science section?

    Just creationist propraganda

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Darwin's Doubt is explosive = Cambrian explosive! All those phyl

    Darwin's Doubt is explosive = Cambrian explosive! All those phyla seem to have popped up without any ancestors. Not a good case for evolution, but something a really intelligent designer could do. Forget about those billions of tiny mutations over eons of time being honed by natural selection. Dr. Meyer tells of scientists who tried to induce mutation in animals to change their body-plan, but it looks like natural selection does away with mutants since the animals die while developing into mature organisms. Dr. Meyer has included something about probability called combinatorilal inflation. The chances of DNA getting additional information is vanishingly small. Lots of other great comments in the book more than can be put in one review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Darwin's Doubt is researched and detailed almost to a fault. Dr.

    Darwin's Doubt is researched and detailed almost to a fault. Dr. Meyer displays the fallacy of Neo-Darwinian theory, by exposing what the fossil record has never produced-credible ancestors to Cambrian species. Critics of the content clearly have a political motive for trying to discredit the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    I have to say how impressed I am withh this book.  The author ta

    I have to say how impressed I am withh this book.  The author takes a very complex topic and leads the reader through step-by-step.  He anticipates how controversial his topic will be, so he footnotes rigorously, and he is careful to do justice to opposing arguments.  Fasinating read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    A Physicist's Viewpoint As a physicist, I have long wondered why

    A Physicist's Viewpoint
    As a physicist, I have long wondered why any scientist would hesitate to examine data to determine if a theory is right or wrong. Science history is replete with examples of noted scientists taking a stand which delayed research into a vitle area. Yet other lesser known scientists pushed on and demostrated that new data demostrated the wrong stance of the noted individuals.
    Evolution has long been dominated by those seemingly afraid to look at data. That was possible when it was a science not based on mathematics, but now, the stage is changing. I am eagerly awaiting the new discoveries and what they reveal. I just hope the ones now controlling the literature are replaced with open minded scientists who only seek the truth. That's the foundation of science; a search for the truth. That is one reason this book is welcome and needed. All young scientists entering these fields should read it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    As a biology-degreed physician, and after reading only the first

    As a biology-degreed physician, and after reading only the first 6 chapters, I couldn't wait any longer to post an opinion. I read Dr. Meyer's cogent *Signature in the Cell* and couldn't wait to read this work. Simply put, in my opinion, there is hardly another contender for a thinker that knows more about the state of evolutionary science as a whole than Dr. Meyer. His training with a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science masterfully allows him to gather the entirety of the issues in a comprehensive and systematic way, and to dissect down to the kernel of the issues at hand and expose the pathology in such a manner that is simply an embarrassment to those especially of the New Atheists ilk. Here, there is no wasted prose that serves as *ad hominem* or melodramatic histrionics, rather development of thought and argument with supporting evidence that is truly satisfying to read, as if finally breathing fresh air. Though some ignorant scientists have declared philosophy useless and "dead," Dr. Meyer demonstrates the force of what disciplined thinking can bring to the argument when *a priori* limitations are removed and thinking is liberated to be honestly critical, and "facts" are made to stand not on assumptions but on evidence. I highly recommend both DD and the earlier SitC to any interested in the debate around evolution and any going into the sciences whether pure or applied. There is no mention here of God or argument based upon religion (much to the dismay of many vocal atheists); this is a work on and of science - don't believe anyone that tells you otherwise. Though I can't imagine what could serve as a next subject, I think another tome to complete a trilogy would be enviable!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    For with the courage to follow the evidenced wherever it leads,

    For with the courage to follow the evidenced wherever it leads, this is an excellent book.  It covers the latest findings related to the Cambrian Explosion very well, including how they impact various theories and ideas about possible mechanisms.  Every reader should expect at least one well-supported philosophical challenge or modification as well - the book is that good....

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Geyser of toxic bullshit

    Lies for godtards

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Dr. Meyer has made a significant contribution to the theory of i

    Dr. Meyer has made a significant contribution to the theory of intelligent design and points out the problems with the theory of evolution.
    Natural selection and mutation cannot possibly explain the abrupt appearance of sophisticated organisms without any precursors as
    seen in the Cambrian Explosion found in Wales.

    While Charles Darwin is to be credited for his attempt to explain the diversity of living forms, he himself had doubts as to his theory. There
     are some theologians such as Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who actually support evolution, as a means for God to form life.

    But, molecular biology and the human genome project do much to practically render the theory of evolution a myth.  The requirement of
    extensive information for each new living organism indicates the necessity of intelligence to create the new organism. To quote Dr.
    Meyer, "the discovery of digital information in even the simplest living cells indicates the prior activity of a designing intelligence at work
    in the origin of first life."

    As with the phenomena of near-death experiences, science and religion are not opposed to each other but meet in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    More Evidence from Dr. Meyer

    Its amazing how many people, especially those claiming a science background giving this one star simply, throw out the scientific process if it fail to meet their agenda. Cowards! Let the truth if science lead where it will.
    This is not God of the Gaps unless you are flying spagetti monster of the gaps. It is a reasonable consideration given the evidence. You however do not want there to be a God to whom you would be accountable. So you put on blinders on and like lemmings walk to your comfortable lies.
    Science and Faith are allies ... get out of your narrowly defined scientific Godless box and see the world not as just an experiment, but as reality.

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

    Should be in the religious section along with the bible, Koran a

    Should be in the religious section along with the bible, Koran and other mythical stories. No evidence presented and religious dogma written throughout. Barnes and Noble should no better then putting this in the science section.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Stephen Meyer addresses a key issue in the debate over the origi

    Stephen Meyer addresses a key issue in the debate over the origin and development of species by carefully analyzing a particularly significant part of the fossil record--the Cambrian Explosion. The book gives a synthesis of the issue, addresses the problem of missing intermediate forms, goes into recent material on genetic information and epigenetics that has relevance to the plausibility of macroevolution, and makes an argument suggesting design as a much better explanation for phenomena like the Cambrian Explosion that are not solved by Darwinian theory. The book contains an enormous amount of research, and particularly it is noteworthy to point out that the research is very up to date. While addressing complex issues, the book is still written in a way that non-specialists can understand. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in better understanding the fossil record and the debate over the origin of animal life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    This book could be the straw that breaks the camel¿s back, the c

    This book could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, the camel here is Darwin’s theory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    After having read and reread Darwin's Doubt on average about 4 t

    After having read and reread Darwin's Doubt on average about 4 times, and having checked with a modern biology book, I have come
    to the conclusion that Dr Meyer is factual, and fair in presenting facts. His science as far as I am concerned is correct. I loved the book,
    though it took me time to digest all the facts. For anybody interested in the origin of life, this book is a must, in my opinion. It is amazing 
    the lengths some scientists will go to deny what Charles Darwin recognised as a big problem. I give it a five star rating, since Dr Meyer
    always supported his thesis with quotations, which I regard as very important. An excellent book!   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Great Book !!!

    Great Book !!!

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