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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

The most compelling, well-written, interesting book I've read in a long time!

This book has it all! From speciation to adaptation and everything in between. I love the way he presents the fossil record and shows that a prediction about ancestry can be proved true. The author actually states creationists arguments and then proceeds to blow them ou...
This book has it all! From speciation to adaptation and everything in between. I love the way he presents the fossil record and shows that a prediction about ancestry can be proved true. The author actually states creationists arguments and then proceeds to blow them out of the water with multiple examples to support every point of his discussion! Bravo!! This is a great read and I recommend it for anyone wanting to gain more insight into why evolution really is true!

posted by geo_grad_student on March 12, 2009

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8 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

Misrepresenting contradicting facts as supporting evidence.

As a mainstream faculty member researching epigenetics and evolution, I would like to point out here that Coyne has grossly misrepresented facts in his latest book.

The modern evolution theory consists of two opposite sub-theories, NeoDarwinism/natural selection an...
As a mainstream faculty member researching epigenetics and evolution, I would like to point out here that Coyne has grossly misrepresented facts in his latest book.

The modern evolution theory consists of two opposite sub-theories, NeoDarwinism/natural selection and the neutral theory. NeoDarwinism or natural selection is largely irrelevant to molecular evolution, or, more precisely, contradicted by molecular data. As a result, a theory based on the negation of NeoDarwinism or natural selection, the neutral theory, is used to explain molecular evolution, in particular the molecular clock. And the neutral theory is however widely acknowledged to be an incomplete explanation and has countless contradictions of its own.

But the only theory Coyne ever talks about in his book is NeoDarwinism or natural selection. There are very few sentences that mention molecular evolution. And these in fact mislead the readers into believing that NeoDarwinism is supported rather than contradicted by facts of molecular evolution. Here is what Coyne wrote: "Evolution theory predicts, and data support, the notion that as species diverge from their common ancestors, their DNA sequence change in roughly a straight-line fashion with time."

Does Coyne really expect the lay readers to know that the 'evolution theory' here means the neutral theory, when the neutral theory is never mentioned in the book and must negate the key idea of Darwin? If the lay readers, after reading this, then believe incorrectly that NeoDarwinism predicts the major facts of molecular evolution, is it the readers' fault or the author's?

Coyne had openly said: "In science's pecking order, evolutionary biology lurks somewhere near the bottom, far closer to phrenology than to physics." But there can be no justification in any kind of science to misrepresent contradicting facts as supporting evidence.

It is clear that NeoDarwinism is true for some aspects of microevolution. It is equally clear to anyone familiar with the primary literature that it cannot explain all the relevant facts or is contradicted by numerous facts including both fossils and DNA data. A complete theory of evolution must include and grant the proven virtues of NeoDarwinism and must explain all relevant facts including those that contradict NeoDarwinism. By not informing readers of the incomplete nature of the existing theories, the author is actively reducing the population of thinkers who may participate in the search for the complete truth.

Thanks to his effort and others like him among Darwin followers, that population has become extremely small especially among professional biologists but fortunately not yet extinct. For a strong candidate to the complete truth, read about the maximum genetic diversity (MGD) hypothesis. http://precedings.nature.com/documents/1751/version/2

A true theory loves all facts and is contradicted by none. And such a theory is not impossible in the field of evolution.

Shi Huang

posted by Gnomon on April 1, 2009

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    The most compelling, well-written, interesting book I've read in a long time!

    This book has it all! From speciation to adaptation and everything in between. I love the way he presents the fossil record and shows that a prediction about ancestry can be proved true. The author actually states creationists arguments and then proceeds to blow them out of the water with multiple examples to support every point of his discussion! Bravo!! This is a great read and I recommend it for anyone wanting to gain more insight into why evolution really is true!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2009

    A wonderful read

    This is a fantastic read, but it's not for everyone. If you're not convinced about evolution, but you're capable of having an open mind, it's a wonderful book. If you believe in evolution conceptually but have never been aware of the astounding amount of evidence supporting it this is a wonderful book to read. However, if you're close-minded or intent on believing in creationism regardless of the evidence all around us then this is a terrible book for you. Another reader review on this site describes the book as a "reminder of the far strech of the human mind to rationalize belief" and I couldn't agree more. However, he's trying to defend creationism. This book helps the reader realize who is really warping reality here, and it's clearly not those who know evolution is true.<BR/><BR/>This book is extremely well put together, interesting and easy to read. Every chapter is packed with facts and interesting explanations that not only gets the reader thinking about the world around him, but helps him realize the extent to which evolution binds our world together. Reading this book has given me a greater appreciation for nature and the world around me.<BR/><BR/>I couldn't recommend this title more, especially for those who aren't already well versed in the field of evolution. This well written and enjoyable book is great for anyone with an open mind or who needs more background on evolution. However, the close-minded individual who can't wrap his or her head around the truth in this book will not be able to appreciate it.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    The evidence for evolution.

    Given the raging culture wars, there is an abundance of misinformation being disseminated. This book lays out in a very clear and understanding manner the irrefutable evidence that establishes that all animals, including humans, share a common ancestor and that evolution is a scientific fact. A must read for anyone interested in science and science education.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Misrepresenting contradicting facts as supporting evidence.

    As a mainstream faculty member researching epigenetics and evolution, I would like to point out here that Coyne has grossly misrepresented facts in his latest book.

    The modern evolution theory consists of two opposite sub-theories, NeoDarwinism/natural selection and the neutral theory. NeoDarwinism or natural selection is largely irrelevant to molecular evolution, or, more precisely, contradicted by molecular data. As a result, a theory based on the negation of NeoDarwinism or natural selection, the neutral theory, is used to explain molecular evolution, in particular the molecular clock. And the neutral theory is however widely acknowledged to be an incomplete explanation and has countless contradictions of its own.

    But the only theory Coyne ever talks about in his book is NeoDarwinism or natural selection. There are very few sentences that mention molecular evolution. And these in fact mislead the readers into believing that NeoDarwinism is supported rather than contradicted by facts of molecular evolution. Here is what Coyne wrote: "Evolution theory predicts, and data support, the notion that as species diverge from their common ancestors, their DNA sequence change in roughly a straight-line fashion with time."

    Does Coyne really expect the lay readers to know that the 'evolution theory' here means the neutral theory, when the neutral theory is never mentioned in the book and must negate the key idea of Darwin? If the lay readers, after reading this, then believe incorrectly that NeoDarwinism predicts the major facts of molecular evolution, is it the readers' fault or the author's?

    Coyne had openly said: "In science's pecking order, evolutionary biology lurks somewhere near the bottom, far closer to phrenology than to physics." But there can be no justification in any kind of science to misrepresent contradicting facts as supporting evidence.

    It is clear that NeoDarwinism is true for some aspects of microevolution. It is equally clear to anyone familiar with the primary literature that it cannot explain all the relevant facts or is contradicted by numerous facts including both fossils and DNA data. A complete theory of evolution must include and grant the proven virtues of NeoDarwinism and must explain all relevant facts including those that contradict NeoDarwinism. By not informing readers of the incomplete nature of the existing theories, the author is actively reducing the population of thinkers who may participate in the search for the complete truth.

    Thanks to his effort and others like him among Darwin followers, that population has become extremely small especially among professional biologists but fortunately not yet extinct. For a strong candidate to the complete truth, read about the maximum genetic diversity (MGD) hypothesis. http://precedings.nature.com/documents/1751/version/2

    A true theory loves all facts and is contradicted by none. And such a theory is not impossible in the field of evolution.

    Shi Huang

    8 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Didn't realize I knew so little

    I thought I had a pretty good understanding of evolution before reading this book, but after reading it... I know I do.

    Great book for those who get evolution, but would like to really understand it.

    Imperative for those who do not get it and even claim it to be untrue.

    Useful and informative for all.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    The Muddling of Darwinian Evolutions

    Coyne, like many other scientists, teachers and the general public, incorrectly treats Evolution as a single absolutely true "theory" or "law" encompassing both Darwin's truly scientific theory of natural selection or adaptation of species and his subsequent speculative or philosophical rumination culminating in his "philogenetic tree". Darwin's latter speculation lacks verifiable experimental suppport that is obviously difficult to acquire or confirm for a random statistical upward "evolution" occurring over a mega millennial time frame. Hence, any "evolution" of species from primordial mud to living species of increasing complexity, while superficially and intuitively obvious, lacks scientific proof demanded of a theory or even an hypothesis. Furthermore, "irreducible complexity", often requiring concurrent events in creation of complex organs occurring at infinitesimally low compound probabilities, also bars upward evolution even among living species. Even Darwin publicly acknowledged that a complex organ like the human eye could not possibly have evolved by his theory. One must conclude that vertical evolution of species, like Creationism and Intelligent Design, thus is a faith-based construct without scientific merit. Lacking the current knowledge of molecular biology and the unfathomable complexity of the genetic code, Darwin's flawed beliefs are excusable. But current scientists, like Professor Coyne, must be faulted for blindly embracing the "non-theory" of mud to man evolution and in indiscriminately muddling the two "evolutionary" theories, one true and the other fatally flawed. As a chemist, I second the opinion of the late Professor Leslie Orgel, a molecular evolutionist, who bluntly stated that any proposed evolutionary theories cannot be based on "if pigs could fly chemistries".
    Herman Rutner, M.S. chemistry, retired industrial R&D scientist

    5 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Evolution

    Evolution is a fantastic book and is meant to be informational.<BR/>Good Book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    Why there is so much fear?

    Creationists always fear the evolotuion theory,,,Reason?,,It will shake the very foundation of their belives.Nothing else,,and if so,,will end their ca$hy bu$$ine$,simple.One needs to look to the sky and if you have your eyes open,will see the greatness of the universe,if you look around on earth,you will see that life as we know it,not only is diverse but unique and beatifull.The author explains in a very simple way,how life comes from a very simple begining,evolves and becomes complex,and now,we as a species are(for good or bad)the crown jewel of evolution,self aware of our existence.If creationists doubt or deny the existence of the big ban,the universe,all the forces,and laws,the begining of earths life and our existance,just look at you cell phone and you will see how "we"as a evolved dominating species,harness all the universe forces,into a every day thing that even them cant live without.I read this book and now i see life in a diferent way,its diversification and yet its similarity.Thank Mr Coyne,its a great job.I highly recomend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    Excellent book!!

    The review by geologist00 is damn funny. At first I thought he was talking about religion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    Misguided beliefs about Creation have led him to accept Evolution as 'fact'

    With their beliefs about Darwinian Evolution as hard scientific fact firmly in tow, most scientists now degrade Creation and show in their defense that they don't even understand it in the first place. Species, weather, climate, motions of planets and galaxies change: that is true. But that does not rule out a Creator. There is so much complexity in the infinite diversity of Life that there is no sound basis for saying that 'blind chance' and random mutations have worked together with 'natural selection' to guide the evolutionary history of life on this planet and all things associated with it. Mr. Coyne has taken his own personal beliefs (or spiritual disbeliefs) and supported them with his academic credentials and scientific jargon to try to force us into believing that Evolution is true and grounded in hard scientific investigation and calculations that have been proven 'beyond a reasonable doubt' to be true. After reading his book, I am even more convinced in the absurdity of Evolution as I continue to seek the most consistent doctrine to desribe the origin and propogation of species and all Life on this planet and beyond.

    0 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

    If Evolution were true, it would be apparent.

    Reading this book is a reminder of the far stretch of the human mind to rationalize desired belief.

    0 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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