Evolution: The Grand Experiment Vol. 1

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Evolution has been dogma for so long, now many people consider it a foregone conclusion that life arose by random processes. This book takes the unusual step of bringing together scientists on both sides of this cultural divide to present their findings. The reader is allowed to make up his or her mind as to which view is supported by the evidence.
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Overview

Evolution has been dogma for so long, now many people consider it a foregone conclusion that life arose by random processes. This book takes the unusual step of bringing together scientists on both sides of this cultural divide to present their findings. The reader is allowed to make up his or her mind as to which view is supported by the evidence.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892216819
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,375,987
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Phenomenal Resource!

    By Dr. Carl Werner
    Nonfiction ~20 chapters~ 257 pages

    This is a phenomenal resource for examining the views of Evolution vs. Creation! It is well-thought out, beautifully illustrated, and easy to understand. The high quality pictures, charts and illustrations used in this book skillfully illustrate several concepts that can be very difficult to grasp.

    This book is designed to teach a critical examination of the theory of evolution to students of public and private schools from grades 8 and up. However, I think it is also great reading for anyone on the quest to discover more about the origin of life.

    The book has an excellent layout. Each page is full of information set up in an easy to read and spacious format. The artwork directs your eyes on a journey through each page. This book is an excellent resource for students that are very visually oriented.

    The different topics are well designated into twenty chapters. Each chapter is broken down into sections. I think this makes the book very reader friendly. To give a taste of the feast of information in this book, I have included a small glimpse of five chapters of the book. I've also included a few comments.

    Chapter 1 The Origin of Life: Two Views Opposing Views "How did life begin? One view is that an all powerful God created the universe and all forms of life. Another view proposes that the universe began billions of years ago as a result of the big bang."

    Chapter one summarizes the pros and cons of the Creation vs. Evolution debate. I love the Gallup poll chart that shows American's beliefs about Creation vs. Evolution. I also enjoyed the many quotes shared from both sides of the debate.

    Chapter 2 Evolutions Fall Start: Spontaneous Generation "Even Scientists Can Be Wrong." Chapter two shares three "proofs" for Spontaneous Generation. A picture is worth a thousand words in this section. This chapter demonstrates the faulty thinking about spontaneous generation in an excellent manner. Not to mention that I did get a chuckle out of one of the proofs.

    Chapter 3 Darwin's False Mechanism for Evolution: Acquired Characteristics Chapter three shares four examples of acquired characteristics and how the idea was eventually proved wrong. Each example is well illustrated.

    Chapter 4 Natural Selection and Chance Mutations Chapter four offers thought provoking questions and illustrations about natural selection. The use of a bit of humor in this chapter is well done. I really enjoyed the discussion on how many parts of a hyena would have to change to become a whale. To make this chapter even better, it calculated the odds of a hyena type creature mutating into a whale - and illustrated this difficult concept spectacularly.

    Chapter 5 Similarities: A Basic Proof of Evolution? "Many scientists believe that similarities in animals are evidence for the theory of evolution." Chapter 5 offers the thought provoking question: "Do similarities prove Evolution?" Then it gives specific examples of how scientists have been proven wrong when using similarities as evidence for evolution.

    Dr. CarlWerner has done a fabulous job weaving multiple learning learning styles throughout this book. Evolution: The Grand Experiment, is a book that is interesting and understandable, with balanced scientific information that is well worth the investment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    Evolution: the Grand Experiement

    I recently had the opportunity to read Dr. Carl Werner's 262 page, full color science book/ text, Evolution: the Grand Experiement, published by New Leaf Publishing Group. Just about every adult in America has heard about the theory of evolution, having had been taught about it in science class as a student. While most have heard about the Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, few truly know much about the actual theory itself which they believe to be a fact, nevertheless. Contrary to popular opinion, the theory of evolution is not a fact. Even scientists cannot agree to the particular details of evolution. Yet in pride, stubborness, and perhaps ignorance many scientists, theorists, teachers and laymen alike, deny the holes and inconsistencies in their failing evolution theories- faulty theories often based more on fantasy than fact, which could never hold up under the scruitiny of truth if ever presented in an objective courtroom of the law. The momentum of evolution, in of itself has become a religion. Its main proponents are analogous to prophets and many proponents of evolutionary theories will stop at nothing inorder to advance their ideas. In the education system, very little time, if any, is dedicated to any opposing theories to evolution- whether in the classroom or in science text books. Finally, with Dr. Carl's textbook, Evolution: the Grand Experiement there is a source that the inquisitive can turn to in order to learn the whole picture behind the theory of evolution.

    Dr. Carl's textbook covers the history of evolutionary theory as well as the theory itself. In addition to presenting the main proofs behind the theory of evolution, alternate theories and possibile scenarios are also addressed. Darwin's mechanisms of evolution and the ideas of natural selection are covered as well as the possible alternatives and explanations. The fossil records are depicted in exhaustive detail side by side with full color photos and illustrations. Various diagrams and charts compliment the text. While not intended as a stand alone text book for use in the public school system, this book should be a required reading suppliment to any student of evolution, or anyone else seeking to learn the truth behind the theories. At minimum, it provides strong and plausible alternatives to evolution that merit consideration. Evolution: the Grand Experiment is not a religious propaganda book. There is no alternate religious agenda or motive as you may find with publications and pamphlets. This book is a throrough science book about evolution, presenting the side of the story that is usually neglected in schools, institutions or scientific articles. It's about time that a book has been published which discusses in a professional, legitimate format, the alternatives to the one sided theories of evolution presented to the general public. I receieved this book as a blogger for the New Leaf Publishing group for the purposes of review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Wow, what an excellent book

    Wow, what a fantastic book. The presentation is top notch, it looks like a coffee table book, but oh so much more! The photographs are top quality and definitely add as perfect examples for the explanations. The writing is plain, the scientific examples easy to understand and comprehend. The author has taken each type of distinct life form on earth and showed what fossils have proved or disproved about it's development. He has included remarks from both pro-evolution and pro-creation scientists and then ended each chapter with a question: "What do you think?" Very effective. He has included the different theories of life over the centuries and pointed out how and why they originated and disappeared. He has an excellent chapter on what the scientists have proven in the last century since Darwin and includes a very understandable explanation of DNA and proteins. A wonderful book that could be used as a student textbook or as an adult reference book ~ 5 stars

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Evolution: The Grand Experiment Vol. 1 by Dr. Carl Werner

    Evolution: The Grand Experiment Vol. 1 by Dr. Carl Werner is an attractive hard bound book. You will find more than 700 beautiful photographs taken by his wife Debbie Werner. The text is written so well that it makes it easy to read and will make for an excellent resource, unit study, or full year curriculum for any home school family.

    I recommend this book for home school families and church groups alike. If you have questions about evolution, this book is stocked with many answers.

    I look forwards to ordering the teacher addition to use this fall with both my 13 and 16 year old daughters. I am sure this book will open up the minds of our youth allowing for many wonderful discussions on the subject of creation and evolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Excellent and interesting discussion of evolution

    In twenty chapters, Dr. Werner discusses from a scientific standpoint such subjects as spontaneous generation, acquired characteristics, natural selection and chance mutations, similarities, the fossil record 'including invertebrates, fish, bats, pinnipeds, flying reptiles, dinosaurs, whales, birds, and flowering plants', and the formation of DNA, proteins, and amino acids, showing how each has been used to 'prove' evolution and how each can be explained from a creationist view, encouraging the reader to examine the evidence for himself and reach his own conclusions. The book is well illustrated with gorgeous full color photographs, drawings, and charts to help the non-scientific reader visualize some of the rather complex subjects that are being discussed, and the text is written so that it can be understood by the average person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

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    It's easy to read - understand and very interesting!

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