Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science / Edition 1

Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science / Edition 1

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by Massimo Pigliucci
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0878936599

ISBN-13: 9780878936595

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated

Denying Evolution aims at taking a fresh look at the evolution-creation controversy. It presents a truly "balanced" treatment, not in the sense of treating creationism as a legitimate scientific theory (it demonstrably is not), but in the sense of dividing the blame for the controversy equally between creationists and scientists-the former for subscribing to

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Denying Evolution aims at taking a fresh look at the evolution-creation controversy. It presents a truly "balanced" treatment, not in the sense of treating creationism as a legitimate scientific theory (it demonstrably is not), but in the sense of dividing the blame for the controversy equally between creationists and scientists-the former for subscribing to various forms of anti-intellectualism, the latter for discounting science education and presenting science as scientism to the public and the media. The central part of the book focuses on a series of creationist fallacies (aimed at showing errors of thought, not at deriding) and of mistakes by scientists and science educators. The last part of the book discusses long-term solutions to the problem, from better science teaching at all levels to the necessity of widespread understanding of how the brain works and why people have difficulties with critical thinking.

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ISBN-13:
9780878936595
Publisher:
Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsx
Prologue: or How I Got into this Mess1
1Where Did The Controversy Come From?4
2Evolution--Creationism 10135
3One Side of the Coin: The Dangers of Anti-Intellectualism81
4Scientific Fundamentalism and the True Nature of Science113
5Creationist Fallacies157
6Three Major Controversies189
7Scientific Fallacies233
8What Do We Do About It?251
Coda: The Controversy That Never Ends283
Appendix AIntroduction to and Excerpts from David Humes's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Where the Topic of Intelligent Design is Discussed Most Thoroughly285
Appendix BBryan's Last Speech303
Name Index327
Subject Index331

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Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Dr. Pigliucci finally says what needs to be said: Namely, that creationism is beyond silly, and that it has thrived largely due to the inaction and P.R. tactical errors of professional scientists. This book probably won't convince any creationists they they're wrong, but it will give them food for thought.