Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

The evolution versus creationism conflict is here to stay. Even after their devastating defeat in the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision, advocates of intelligent design and other forms of creationism continue to revise their strategies for undermining the teaching of evolution-and thus of science in general-in American schools. In this revision of Evolution vs. Creationism, Eugenie Scott, one of the leading proponents of teaching evolution in the schools, describes these ever-changing efforts to undermine science education and shows what students, parents, and teachers should be aware of to help ensure that American science education prepares our students to compete in the 21st century.

This second edition of Evolution vs. Creationism will help readers better understand the issues involved in these debates. It expands and updates the original work with:

• An insider's look at the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial

• A new selection of primary source documents on "The Creationism/Evolution Controversy in the Media"

• Up-to-date analysis of the most recent creationist challenges across the country

The revision also expands and updates the collection of primary source documents that address cosmology, law, education, popular culture, and religious issues from all sides of the debate, as well as the resources for further information.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In view of the ongoing controversy over how life began and how this question should be approached within the classroom curriculum, this timely volume provides a clearly organized and comprehensive overview of both evolution and creationism. Although there is no shortage of recent books dealing with various aspects of the controversy, this volume is unique because it offers a thorough exploration of all perspectives related to each theory, examining both from a historical, legal, educational, political, scientific, and religious point of view. Although the author is clearly a proponent of evolution and natural selection theories (she is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, a leading evolution advocacy group), she tries hard-and for the most part succeeds-in presenting a well-balanced book. Written for advanced high school and college students, the first several chapters provide background information needed to understand why the controversy exists. The second section of the book then gives a historical overview of the issues and places the controversy within the context of current society. In particular, students who are searching for information about the theory of Intelligent Design (ID) will find the summaries of key articles written by ID proponents useful in helping them understand this hotly debated topic. Each chapter provides an extensive list of works cited, and there is also a lengthy section of references for further exploration. An excellent resource for research reports or for debate preparation, this title would be a useful tool for teachers as well. 2004, Greenwood, 296p.; Index. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to Adult.
—Cindy Lombardo
From the Publisher

"Evolution vs. Creationism [i]s an ideal introduction to the concepts of evolution and creationism. Methodical, adhering to the highest standards of academic research, and superbly organized in its presentation….Strongly recommended for both school and community library collections, Evolution vs. Creationism is significantly enhanced with ten pages of References for Further Study; as well as a Name Index and a Subject Index."

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Internet Bookwatch

"[N]otable for its coverage of the history of the creationist movement and its presentation of the past and current legal issues surrounding the controversy. With creationists continuing to mount court challenges to the teaching of evolution, the currency of this work is crucial for libraries trying to keep up with developments….Many libraries may not own creationist books or journals, so this new title is an excellent way to provide access to that literature while keeping it in a scientific, scholarly context….Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."

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Choice

"The executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which advocates the teaching of evolution in U.S. schools, has written a valuable manual to the debate. It includes a section on evolution as part of the scientific process, a history of creationism, primary source materials from both sides, and a list of further resources."

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Library Journal, Starred Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520261877
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 619,273
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Eugenie C. Scott is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She has written extensively on the evolution-creationism controversy and is past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Scott is the 2010 recipient of the National Academy of Science's Public Welfare Medal.
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Table of Contents

Foreword : the unmetabolized Darwin
Introduction : the pillars of creationism
Pt. I Science, evolution, religion, and creationism 1
Ch. 1 Science : "truth without certainty" 3
Ch. 2 Evolution 23
Ch. 3 Beliefs : religion, creationism, and naturalism 47
Pt. II A history of the creationism/evolution controversy 71
Ch. 4 Before Darwin to the twentieth century 73
Ch. 5 Eliminating evolution, inventing creation science 91
Ch. 6 Neocreationism 113
Pt. III Selections from the literature 135
Ch. 7 Cosmology, astronomy, geology 137
Ch. 8 Patterns and processes of biological evolution 163
Ch. 9 Legal issues 193
Ch. 10 Educational issues 211
Ch. 11 Religious issues 225
Ch. 12 The nature of science 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A thorough rebuttal of the common Creationist arguments

    This book is divided into several small sections revolving about the typical negative proof (proof by attempting to find flaws in evolution) of intelligent design. These arguments are then countered by scientific proofs of evolution which discuss the flawed logic and arguments of the Design proponents.

    Dr. Eugenie Scott is an experienced scientist and author who has been on the cusp of science education for several years. Her credentials are a -Ph.D. in physical anthropology with 15 years of University level teaching;
    -Executive director of the National Center for Science Education; -President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    The Door to the Controversy for Biology Majors

    The evolution versus creationism controversy spans such long history and covers such vast scope that the sheer quantity of related information can flush the works of Da Vinci out of the Louvre. But don't sweat: Ms. Scott, through 'Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction,' offers a thorough overview and an elaborate guide to the controversy. It is suitable for undergraduates who major in biology related subjects. Being a longtime defender of evolution, Ms. Scott has done a terrific job summarizing creationist movements. The book begins by pointing out the bases¿the criteria of science, the definitions of evolution, the origin of life, and of course, the main tenets of evolution and Darwinism. Then it goes into the cream: the progression of creationist ideas, from Young Earth- to Old Earth-, and finally Neo-Creationism. Next is a collection of excerpts from experts' writings. They present perspectives from both sides of the debate, and embrace a wide range of topics including the scientific, legal, educational, religious and philosophical aspects of the controversy. The dissection of the nature and history of the issue is especially commendable. Under Ms. Scott's scrutiny, creationism is stripped naked. Central ideas of various kinds of creationism, such as Creation Science and Intelligent Design, are identified, examined and critiqued. The main events that surround the teaching of evolution in public schools are identified, including the Scopes Trial, antievolution laws, the Sputnik Scare, equal-time bills, and the most recent attempts to cook up alternatives to evolution. These are recorded in a clear prose, offering readers comprehensive details while maintaining readability. The only shortcoming is that much of the arguments are expressed as snippets of technical literature. A considerable background in biology is required to understand them. This contrasts the beginning of the book when evolution is introduced assuming readers are laymen in the subject. Don't get me wrong: the articles are well chosen. However, it'd be better if Ms. Scott had conducted the discussions in her own words, simplifying and supplementing them so that they are less theoretical, discontinuous and repetitive. Although 'Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction' isn't perfect, it is already one of the best existing introductory titles. If you are embarking on a journey to THE Louvre where Mona Lisa has been evicted, the book will sail you through the foyer smoothly.

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