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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 . 

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17 out of 63 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    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 . 

    20 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    This New York Times bestseller by Cambridge-trained Ph.D. Stephe

    This New York Times bestseller by Cambridge-trained Ph.D. Stephen Meyer is creating a major scientific controversy. Darwinists don't like it.

    Meyer writes about the complex history of new life forms in an easy to understand narrative style. He takes the reader on a journey from Darwin to today while trying to discover the best explanation for how the first groups of animals arose. He shows, quite persuasively, that Darwinian mechanisms don't have the power to do the job.

    Using the same investigative forensic approach Darwin used over 150 years ago, Meyer investigates the central doubt Darwin had about his own theory. Namely, that the fossil record did not contain the rainbow of intermediate forms that his theory of gradual evolutionary change required. However, Darwin predicted that future discoveries would confirm his theory.

    Meyer points out that they haven't. We've thoroughly searched the fossil record since Darwin and confirmed what Darwin originally saw himself: the discontinuous, abrupt appearance of the first forms of complex animal life. In fact, paleontologists now think that roughly 20 of the 28 animal phyla (representing distinct animal "body plans") found in the fossil record appear abruptly without ancestors in a dramatic geological event called the Cambrian Explosion.

    And additional discoveries since Darwin have made it even worse for his theory. Darwin didn't know about DNA or the digital information it contains that makes life possible. He couldn't have appreciated, therefore, that building new forms of animal life would require millions of new characters of precisely sequenced code--that the Cambrian explosion was a massive explosion of new information.

    For modern neo-Darwinism to survive, there must be an unguided natural mechanism that can create the genetic information and then add to it massively, accurately and within the time allowed by the fossil record. Is there such a mechanism?

    The answer to that question is the key to Meyer's theory and entire book. Meyer shows that the standard "neo-Darwinian" mechanism of mutation and natural selection mechanism lacks the creative power to produce the information necessary to produce new forms of animal life. He also reviews the various post-Darwinian speculations that evolutionary biologists themselves are now proposing to replace the crumbling Darwinian edifice. None survive scrutiny. Not only is there no known natural mechanism that can create the new information required for new life forms, there is no known natural mechanism that can create the genetic code for the first life either (which was the subject of Meyer's previous book Signature in the Cell).

    When Meyer suggests that an intelligent designer is the best explanation for the evidence at hand, critics accuse him of being anti-scientific and endangering sexual freedom everywhere (OK, they don't explicitly state that last part). They also claim that Meyer commits the God of the gaps fallacy.

    But he does not. As Meyer points out, he's not interpreting the evidence based on what we don't know, but what we do know. The geologically sudden appearance of fully formed animals and millions of lines of genetic information point to intelligence. That is, we don't just lack a materialistic explanation for the origin of information. We have positive evidence from our uniform and repeated experience that another kind of cause--namely, intelligence or mind--is capable of producing digital information. Thus, he argues that the explosion of information in the Cambrian period provides evidence of this kind of cause acting in the history of animal life. (Much like any sentence written by one of Meyer's critics is positive evidence for an intelligent being).

    This inference from the data is no different than the inference archaeologists made when they discovered the Rosetta Stone. It wasn't a "gap" in their knowledge about natural forces that led them to that conclusion, but the positive knowledge that inscriptions require intelligent inscribers.

    Of course, any critic could refute Meyer's entire thesis by demonstrating how natural forces or mechanisms can generate the genetic information necessary to build the first life and then massive new amounts of genetic information necessary for new forms of animal life. But they can't and hardly try without assuming what they are trying to prove (see Chapter 11). Instead, critics attempt to smear Meyer by claiming he's doing "pseudo science" or not doing science at all.

    Well, if Meyer isn't, doing science, then neither was Darwin (or any Darwinist today). Meyer is using the same forensic or historical scientific method that Darwin himself used. That's all that can be used. Since these are historical questions, a scientist can't go into the lab to repeat and observe the origin and history of life. Scientists must evaluate the clues left behind and then make an inference to the best explanation. Does our repeated experience tell us that natural mechanisms have the power to create the effects in question or is intelligence required?

    Meyer writes, "Neo-Darwinism and the theory of intelligent design are not two different kinds of inquiry, as some critics have asserted. They are two different answers--formulated using a similar logic and method of reasoning--to the same question: `What caused biological forms and the appearance of design in the history of life?'"

    The reason Darwinists and Meyer arrive at different answers is not because there's a difference in their scientific methods, but because Meyer and other Intelligent Design proponents don't limit themselves to materialistic causes. They are open to intelligent causes as well (just like archaeologists and crime scene investigators are).

    So this is not a debate about evidence. Everyone is looking at the same evidence. This is a debate about how to interpret the evidence, and that involves philosophical commitments about what causes will be considered possible before looking at the evidence. If you philosophically rule out intelligent causes beforehand--as the Darwinists do--you will never arrive at the truth if an intelligent being actually is responsible.

    Since all evidence needs to be interpreted, science doesn't actually say anything--scientists do. So if certain self-appointed priests of science say that a particular theory is outside the bounds of their own scientific dogma, that doesn't mean that the theory is false. The issue is truth--not whether something fits a materialistic definition of science.

    I'm sure Darwinists will continue to throw primordial slime at Meyer and his colleagues. But that won't make a dent in his observation that whenever we see information like that required to produce the Cambrian Explosion, intelligence is always the cause. In fact, I predict that when open-minded people read Darwin's Doubt, they'll see that Dr. Meyer makes a very intelligently designed case that intelligent design is actually true. It's just too bad that many Darwinists aren't open to that truth--they aren't even open minded enough to doubt Darwin as much as Darwin himself was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    As a biologist myself, I thought this was a brilliant book. It l

    As a biologist myself, I thought this was a brilliant book. It laid out the materialistic explanations(not that intelligent design can't be materialistic or naturalist) and showed the problems with the current theories. It is a fair and critical book to anyone that has actually read it.

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    This is a fascinating study of the various theories scientists h

    This is a fascinating study of the various theories scientists have advanced to explain the astonishing emergence of numerous new animal species in the Cambrian Period. Meyer has the ability to present these theories with clarity and appreciation, while exposing their weaknesses. Meyer's answer to the inadequacies of the orthodox explanations is persuasive: the evidence for intelligent design cannot be ignored without limiting the freedom of scientific inquiry.  The reader will take away a valuable understanding of the current debate  on this important topic.

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    The Most Comprehensive Critique of the Neo-Darwinian Paradigm Wr

    The Most Comprehensive Critique of the Neo-Darwinian Paradigm Written To Date

    There's a reason why Darwin's Doubt is being lauded as a tour de force. Simply put, it's the most comprehensive critique of the neo-Darwinian paradigm written to date.

    Trained in philosophy of science at Cambridge University, Stephen C. Meyer argues that the Cambrian explosion presents two specific challenges to contemporary neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory. The first is the one Darwin acknowledged in Origin of Species as a problem for his original theory of evolution--namely that the geologically sudden appearance of many novel forms of animal life in the Cambrian period, and the absence of fossilized ancestral precursors for most of these animals in lower Precambrian strata, challenges the gradualistic picture of evolution envisioned by both Darwin and modern neo-Darwinians.

    Second, and more importantly, Meyer argues that the neo-Darwinian mechanism lacks the creative power to produce the new animal forms that first appear in the Cambrian period, a view that many evolutionary biologists themselves now share. Meyer argues that mutation & selection mechanism cannot produce both the genetic and epigenetic information necessary to build the animals that arise in Cambrian. Meyer offers 5 detailed scientific critiques of the alleged creative power of the mutation/selection mechanism:

    1. The neo-Darwinian mechanism cannot efficiently search combinatorial sequence space to find the exceedingly rare DNA sequences that yield functional genes and proteins.

    2. Peer-reviewed studies show that multiple coordinated mutations would be necessary to produce functional proteins, but these could not arise within realistic waiting times allowed by the fossil record. This section gives the reader a tour of scientific research studies published by the ID-research community. 

    3. The neo-Darwinian mechanism could never produce new body plans given that acting body plan mutations are lethal, or trivial.

    4. Mutations could not alter development gene regulatory networks necessary to produce new developmental regulatory networks, an important requirement for building new animal body plans.

    5. Much epigenetic (i.e., "beyond the gene") information necessary to build new animal body plans cannot be produced by Darwinian mechanisms. 

    Meyer also looks at various "post-Darwinian" models and shows why they too fail to explain the origin of information necessary to generate new body plans.

    But there's another post-Darwinian model which Meyer encourages us to consider: intelligent design. Using the standard methods of historical sciences and rigorous abductive logic, he establishes ID as the only known cause capable of generating the information and top-down design that are required to build the animal body plans which appear explosively in the Cambrian period.

    Whether you’re a student, a scientist, or an interested lay person, this book will bring you comprehensively up-to-date on why leading biologists are now saying we live in a "post-Darwinian" world.

    Full Disclosure: My name is Casey Luskin and yes, as everyone knows, I work at Discovery Institute. Please note: Attacking a person's arguments because of where they work is a logical fallacy called the genetic fallacy.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Excellent Book

    I found Darwin’s Doubt superbly written, researched, and argued. Mr. Meyer presents a very cogent case in a manner that can be easily understood by both experts and the general public. As a former student of natural science, I have been well aware of the issues related to the Theory of Evolution including knowledge of the assumptions that have gone into the formulation of the theory. Many of those assumptions are without adequate explanation or identification. As an example, regarding the lack of fossils during pre-Cambian times, a popular assumption is that the early fossils were destroyed when the early rocks metamorphosed. That is an assumption based on no evidence. Ironically, that is not science. What the public needs to know is the Theory of Evolution is the best theory science can offer from the assumptions science accepts. Mr. Meyer identifies and discusses those assumptions in a dispassionate and analytical way. Please do read Darwin’s Doubt, as it will illuminate your understanding of the “rest of the story,” particularly the story that our educational system has been so negligent in telling.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Scientific revolutions don¿t come easy. The longer an idea is ar

    Scientific revolutions don’t come easy. The longer an idea is around, the more opposition a challenge to that idea will receive. So it is no surprise that Dr. Stephen Meyer and others in the intelligent design research community experience strong and spirited opposition to their presentation of intelligent design as the theory that best explains the scientific evidence for the origin and development of life and the universe. Scientists, philosophers, professors, and others who are used to seeing life through the prism of Darwinian evolution will not be open to an alternative. In fact, many of them will be openly hostile to anybody presenting an alternative theory. They will loudly proclaim “it isn’t science” or it’s religion dressing up as science” or “it’s published by the religion imprint of a publisher” or “this is what is holding back real science education in America” or the like. As soon as a book like Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt is released, a lot of knees start jerking, and the reactions (cloaked as reviews) come out. The one thing that’s usually missing is a careful, thoughtful, and open-minded consideration of the arguments and evidence presented in the book. Even if you disagree with the arguments in Darwin’s Doubt, a careful read and a thoughtful response is the best way to present a refutation.

    Dr. Stephen Meyer is a Cambridge-trained philosopher of science. As such, he is perfectly placed to analyze scientific evidence, make justifiable claims based on the evidence, and present it to the intelligent and informed layperson. This is what he has done in Darwin’s Doubt, just as he did in his previous book Signature in the Cell. While Signature presented the evidence in DNA, Darwin’s Doubt looks at the nagging doubt Charles Darwin himself had in relation to his own theory. It was the inexplicably sudden rise of complex animal life in a geologic blink of an eye. The fossil record contains no evolutionary pre-cursors to these complex life forms, as Darwin’s theory would dictate. Meyer presents every major hypothesis attempting to explain this anomaly in the fossil record. He takes time to explain why each hypothesis falls short. Finally, he presents intelligent design as the scientific theory that best explains the Cambrian explosion. There’s nothing rash or ill-conceived about Meyer’s approach. He is exhaustive in his submission and discussion of the evidence. He explores every point of view on each hypothesis, respectfully explaining where each falls short. Although he takes just over 400 pages to make his argument, Meyer writes in an easy, fluid, and conversational manner. The book’s language is not overly technical, and dozens of attractive images and illustrations help support Meyer’s points.

    When it comes to weighty issues like the origin and development of life and the universe, we can’t afford to be spoon-fed answers. It’s up to us to seek out all serious points of view, analyze the evidence, and come to the best possible conclusion. Most of the scientific “establishment” is keen to tow the party line and maintain status quo. So we can’t trust them to be objective or open-minded. We must look elsewhere. For a compelling and reasonable exploration of Darwin’s doubt about the fossil record and the enduring mystery of the origin of genetic information, look no further than Darwin’s Doubt.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    I have read Dr Meyer's "Signature in the Cell" and lov

    I have read Dr Meyer's "Signature in the Cell" and loved what he brought out concerning what science is showing us about the world around us. So much has changed from Darwin's day that it's near impossible to believe he would still hold to his original theory if he knew what modern science is discovering. Darwin's Doubt is a brilliant example of why Darwin would have to second guess his own ideas. Darwin already recognized the problem that Meyer brings out in this book but he simply assumed that the problem would go away in the future as more fossils were found......he assumed incorrectly. If anything the problem is exacerbated by the new discoveries in microbiology and paleontology.
    Growing up did you ever notice that throughout every grade they only talked about what they thought the strengths of Darwinian evolution were but they never talked about the weaknesses of Darwinian evolution? Makes you wonder if the school system is really interested in educating children as opposed to indoctrinating them. This book finally gives you 'the other side' of the argument. Meyer carefully dissects the Pre Cambrian to Cambrian problems that still have yet to be resolved and, with all of the fossils we've found in the past 100+ years, it appears the problem will never be resolved. Meyer takes apart all of the naturalistic arguments piece by piece and actually comes away with a known mechanism that can explain what we see in the world around us. This is a refreshing change from the tiresome 'Nature of the Gaps' argument constantly presented by the materialists. Instead of filling the gaps with 'nature-did-it' Meyer actually presents a very solid case to explain this Cambrian conundrum.
    A must read for those that prefer science based on the most modern finds science has to offer as opposed to the outdated textbooks and aged 'nature-did-it' gap fill arguments.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    I like the idea of science and creation working together to expl

    I like the idea of science and creation working together to explain how life came to be. It never hurts to have another perspective of the evidence. All we can do is learn.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    I am a biology educator of 31 years. I was originally trained in

    I am a biology educator of 31 years. I was originally trained in the Darwinian viewpoint. But I have always felt that Darwinian "science" was mostly built on hoped-for evidence that doesn't seem to ever exist. This book fills in all of the blanks, and explains why Darwinian Evolution should now be considered as dead as the flat earth theory. The old spontaneous generation (abiogenesis) explanation can not be correct, as Darwin presumed. Let's move on and follow the evidence where ever it leads... even if that is to the feet of a Divine Creator.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Critique for Darwin¿s Doubt Dr. Stephen Meyer¿s Darwin¿s Doubt

    Critique for Darwin’s Doubt

    Dr. Stephen Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt is an extremely informative, well written book on the Cambrian period. Although I am not of a scientific bent I found the book to be readable and understandable. I am currently on chapter 16, “Other Post-Neo-Darwinian Models.” Even though I have not yet finished the book or even gotten to chapters 17-20 which deal with the theory of intelligent design, Dr. Meyer’s well explained and documented scientific evidences are most persuasive for the insufficiency of Neo-Darwinism to explain the complexities found in the Cambrian period fossils and for that matter, the emergence of life forms period.

    I found the illustration of the upper jaw of the bolyerine snake in chapter 12’s “Complex Adaptations and the Neo-Darwinian Math” especially compelling. University of Illinois biologist Dr. Tom Frazzetta understood the difficulty this presented to neo-Darwinism’s 3 pillars: mutation/genetic variation, natural selection and isolation: that of “…the gradual improvement of a machine while it’s running!” The snake’s jaw represented ‘irreducible complexity,’ a concept that minute changes over long periods of time simply cannot support.
    Then ensues a thorough break down, using the principles of evolutionary population genetics, of induced amino-acid site mutations by chemical engineer, Dr. Douglas Axe (CalTech) and molecular biologist, Dr. Ann Gauger (MIT & UW). Their results were unambiguous and showed that “evolutionary innovations requiring that many changes…would be extraordinarily rare, becoming probable only on timescales much longer than the age of life on earth.” This is but one of the exhaustive examples of scientific research that render untenable the theory of Darwinian evolution.

    Dr. Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt is a book that should find a wide readership and one that should and needs to be considered as a collegiate science course text &/or resource. What is the evolutionary scientific community so afraid of? If Intelligent Design is as laughable and implausible as they stridently assert then let students compare and see for themselves. Science’s intended purpose is, after all, to follow where the evidence leads not where Neo- Darwinian commitment to materialism forces it to ‘lead’. As Harvard evolutionary geneticist, Richard Lewontin states “…It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

    Perhaps Swedish evolutionary embryologist, Soren Lovtrup puts it best “I suppose that nobody will deny that it is a great misfortune if an entire branch of science becomes addicted to a false theory. But this is what has happened in biology… I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science.”
    Thank you Dr. Meyers for giving society such a valuable and rich resource that permits us to see beyond the myth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    I thought the book was spot on. The only ones who hate it are Da

    I thought the book was spot on. The only ones who hate it are Darwin's worshipers. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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