Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach about Evolution is Wrong

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How would you react if told that you and your children have been lied to in science lessons at school and university? Yet this is exactly what has been happening for decades, as Icons of Evolution' demonstrates.
The author, a Berkeley Ph.D in Biology, is not a creationist, but his book describes many serious misrepresentations of facts commonly found in biology textbooks, which are used to perpetuate belief in evolution. The main part of the book describes ten of these icons', ...
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Overview


How would you react if told that you and your children have been lied to in science lessons at school and university? Yet this is exactly what has been happening for decades, as Icons of Evolution' demonstrates.
The author, a Berkeley Ph.D in Biology, is not a creationist, but his book describes many serious misrepresentations of facts commonly found in biology textbooks, which are used to perpetuate belief in evolution. The main part of the book describes ten of these icons', devoting one chapter to each, and shows what is wrong with them in the light of published scientific evidence. The chapters are all fairly brief, and each is divided into short sections, to make the material easier to assimilate. The author's thesis is amply documented with 71 pages of research notes at the end of the book.
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The author retraces the reasoning of proponents of evolution from Darwin to the present to show what he sees as their empirically false, and frequently faked conclusions. He contends that these conclusions are presented to the public so many times and in so many ways that they become irrefutable "icons." The information conveyed by these icons is never questioned and is in fact promoted with tax dollars in many contexts. Wells is a postdoctoral biologist (with Ph.D.s from both Yale and the U. of California at Berkeley) who is currently affiliated with the Discovery Institute, Seattle, Washington). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Why is much of the popular theory of evolution wrong? This covers scientific discoveries under-explored in college and high school texts, probing the popular but false images of evolution which have dominated science - such as pictures of apes evolving into humans - and pinpointing scientifically why they are false. This calls for professional honesty in acknowledging recent contradictions to such images, providing a thought-provoking analysis of Darwin's theory in light of recent science discoveries.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780895262769
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 804,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiIntroduction 1
The Miller-Urey Experiment 9
Darwin's Tree of Life 29
Homology in Vertebrate Limbs 59
Haeckel's Embroys 81
Archaeopteryx--The Missing Link 111
Peppered Moths 137
Darwin's Finches 159
Four-Winged Fruit Flies 177
Fossil Horses and Directed Evolution 195
From Ape to Human: The Ultimate Icon 209
Science or Myth? 229
Appendix I An Evaluation of Ten Recent Biology 249
Textbooks Appendix II Suggested Warning Labels for 259
Biology Textbooks Research Notes 261
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    A decent read for people new to the topic ...

    As a person seriously interested in the topic I am fed-up with rabid reviews by people who don't seem to have even read the book. Having read a large number of books on the topic (on both sides of the argument) there was very little new for me in this title. Nonetheless, the vast majority of the book was well written and highlighted some of the genuine problems with evolution. Most fair-minded people would accept that the evidence for evolution is a lttle thin and that a number of misrepresentations have occured over the years. This book merely details perhaps the most well-known of these. Except for a political call to arms at the end (which I was not keen on) the books seemed good as part of a reading programme on the topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Evolution is a Fairytale for Adults

    Wells repeatedly and clearly points out the complete lack of empirical evidence for the mechanisms responsible for adaptive complexity through decent with modification from a common ancestor. Just the mathematical probability of a mere protozoan evolving by way of the Darwinian scheme is staggering and would give anyone with a rational mind pause. It becomes even more incredible to believe that the complex tissue and biochemical structures in higher metazoans could have come into being by this method. It is natural selection taken to the extreme. When evolutionists can produce the empirical evidence needed to substantiate their metaphysics concerning origins, then they may have something to offer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Giving this Book 1--Star is a Gift

    This book is a classic in deception.Wells uses half-truths, misquotes, shoddy scientific technique, etc. to 'pretend' to make a scientific critique of evolution and its supposed weaknesses. Several members of the Discovery Institute (a well known creationist mouthpiece)used Wells' book to try to make a scientific case, before the Texas State Board of Education, in order to keep well written biology texts from being approved for use in Texas' high school classes. Legitimate scientists from the leading universities in the state tore this book to shreds for its scientific childishness, inaccuracies, lack of technique and outright misundertanding of how evolution works. Anyone who relies on this book to gain scientific insight into evolutionary theory is not only wasting their time and money but, worse, they are also wasting their mind. I gave this book 1 star only because the option of zero, or negative, stars did not exist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    Icons of Ignorance

    While an interesting read, this book is guilty of more distortions of the facts than nearly anything it attacks. For a reasoned, balanced, and factual of current understanding of evolution, please read Ernst Mayr's "What Evolution Is," then reread this book to see what I mean. It does not hurt to have actually read Dawrwin's Origin of Species, and his Descent of Man and Sexual Selection as minimum requirements for attacking Darwin's ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    Absolute and utter bilge

    As a scientists with a similar background to Dr. Wells, I found his book to be the most evidential tripe I had yet to encounter. TRUE science starts from a question, and using evidence, testing and study, moved FORWARD toward an answer. Dr. Wells starts at his answer (His belief) and moves backward seeking proof. This book is nothing more than a wishfull creationists attempt to dress it up in science. However, those who understand real science will need but a few pages to recognize this deception; those who adhere to it could not otherwise be convinced. Some people do not want facts..they want easy answers. And this book gives them. It is nothing more than Creationism in a lab coat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Unrefuted

    I think it should be pointed out that even evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould acknowledged that Darwinism and neo-Darwinism are bankrupt theories, for the very reasons that Wells details in this eye-opening classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Evoltuion= Laughable

    Evolution is for the weak mind, someone who doesn't know knowledge or logic and try to confuse themselves on nonsense. Yes evolution has no proof and whoever thinks it does is a person without reasoning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    Public-school-taught masses should read this book.

    It seems to me that the target audience for this book was those of us who learned what we know about evolution from biology textbooks and the popular media. I wager people like that are a large majority around the world as how many evolutionary biologists do you know? As a person who graduated with honors with a BS in biology, I recognized all of the icons Wells highlighted as being my major source for understanding the concept of evolution. In my opinion, Wells served his audience well, as I was grateful for the chance this book gave me to take a second look at the things I was taught were true. Wells' thoroughly annotated and in-depth treatment of the subject was so compelling, I read it in one weekend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Attention Biology Students and fans of Biological Sciences

    Anyone who ever took a college level course that focused on evolution, must read this book. Get the story straight. Dr. Well's book will blow your mind. It will challenge you to seek a standard of accountability from scientists. Particularly American evolutionary biologists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    Public service. Pattern of massive scientific fraud exposed.

    The book exposes a pattern of fraud and evidence misrepresentation designed to portray Darwinian evolution as fact. We aren't talking minor or obscure details here. These are the primary arguments presented to convince people evolution is unquestionable fact. Specifically, it shows ... (1) textbook accounts of origin of life (the famous Miller-Urey experiment) assume the opposite of what scientists and evidence now indicate was the early Earth environment. (2) scientists, including Stephen Gould, have long known drawings showing similarities between fish and human embryos are not only incorrect, but faked. (These same drawings were persuasive in Darwin's thinking when formulating his ideas on evolution). Yet they continue to be included in textbooks. (3) the famous Pepper Moth example of natural selection in action was demonstrated with staged/fake photographs, showing moths on tree trunks. Such moths haven't been observed to rest on tree trunks, thus color matching to the trunk doesn't fit the selection theory they are said to prove. More fraud. (4) the claimed role of mutations in Darwinian evolution is falsely illustrated with genetically engineered fruit flies that actually show the opposite of what Darwinian theory requires. Other chapters deal with the beak of the finch (wet/dry seasonal variations neglected), archaeopteryx (not the ancestor of birds; shows how cladistics and the desire to link birds to dinosaurs has led to some unbelievably bad science). An appendix looks at biology texbooks published in 1998-1999, showing how they present fraudulent Darwinian science as routine recitation of fact. This book does to the somewhat harder science of biology what 'Degenerate Moderns' (Jones) does to the soft sciences of economics, psychology and anthropology. Each chapter really deserves a separate book; the chapters, while sufficient and heavily referenced, are really a starting point for unwinding each sordid tale in what is likely to be gruesome detail. While polls report the majority of Americans say they don't 'believe' evolution, evolutionary claims are the primary pillar shaping what people think about life and reality. For example, the idea of humans as animals, with sex the primary purpose of life comes from evolutionary assertion. Take away evolution and you take away 'survival of the fittest', racial supremacy logic (eugenics, Nazis, WW II), abortion, moral and cultural relativism, the sexual revolution, etc. The 20th century, in other words. While this book is a stake in the heart of Darwinism, simply showing fraud won't change things quickly. Darwinism is lousy, corrupt science, but it is powerful philosophy. For it's advocates, no amount of fraud and deception is too great. If evolution goes, it re-opens the hated matter of accountability to a higher power. Subordination to a higher power means one could no longer pretend life revolves around human desire. Evolution tried to scientifically justify putting human ego at the center of the universe. Removal from that position will not be meekly accepted due to mere fact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    And we pay for the myth of evolution to be taught in schools?

    explains how the 'icons of evolution', or 'proofs', are either misleading or false. Using science, not dogma, Wells creates sound arguments against the modern theory of evolution. After reading this one wonders what proof is there for evolution.

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