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“Natural selection is not some desperate last resort of a theory. It is an idea whose plausibility and power hits you between the eyes with a stunning force, once you understand it in all its elegant simplicity.” –Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary Biologist
“An evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one.” –Steven Pinker, Psychologist
Not only is ID markedly inferior to Darwinism at explaining and understanding nature but in many ways it does not even fulfill the requirements of a scientific theory. –Jerry A. Coyne, evolutionary biologist
The geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously declared, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” One might add that nothing in biology makes sense in the light of intelligent design. –Jerry A. Coyne, evolutionary biologist
Evolutionary biology certainly hasn’t explained everything that perplexes biologists, but intelligent design hasn’t yet tried to explain anything at all. —Daniel C. Dennett, philosopher and cognitive scientist
A denial of evolution–however motivated–is a denial of evidence, a retreat from reason to ignorance. —Tim D. White, paleontologist
Natural selection is not some desperate last resort of a theory. It is an idea whose plausibility and power hits you between the eyes with a stunning force, once you understand it in all its elegant simplicity. —Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist
The supernatural explanation fails to explain because it ducks the responsibility to explain itself.—Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist
Nothing indicates that people who believe that life arose by chance also believe that morality is haphazard. —Scott Atran, anthropologist and psychologist
An evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one. —Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist
To state that a given organ is so improbable that it requires design is just ill founded. The argument uses standard probability, which does not apply to the evolution of the biosphere. —Stuart A. Kauffman, theoretical biologist
We don’t have an intelligent designer (ID), we have a bungling consistent evolver (BCE). Or maybe an adaptive changer (AC). In fact, what we have in the most economical interpretation is, of course, evolution. —Lisa Randall, physicist
What counts as a controversy must be delineated with care, as we want students to distinguish between scientific challenges and sociopolitical ones. —Marc D. Hauser, evolutionary psychologist
Incredulity doesn’t count as an alternative position or critique. —Marc D. Hauser, evolutionary psychologist
Rather than removing meaning from life, an evolutionary perspective can and should fill us with a sense of wonder at the rich sequence of natural systems that gave us birth and continues to sustain us. —Scott D. Sampson, paleontologist
From the Trade Paperback edition.
|Intelligent design : the faith that dare not speak its name||3|
|The good fight||24|
|The hoax of intelligent design and how it was perpetrated||33|
|Consciousness : the Achilles heel of Darwinism? : thank God, not quite||50|
|Human evolution : the evidence||65|
|The "great" transition||82|
|Why Darwin rejected intelligent design||107|
|Evolution and ethics||142|
|Darwinism all the way down||153|
|Intelligent design, science or not?||169|
|How smart is the universe?||179|
|Parental guidance required||205|
|App||Excerpt from the memorandum opinion of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, December 20, 2005||233|
Posted January 22, 2008
This book outlines the central debate between major thinkers in the Evolution and Intelligent Design field of study. Some major philosophers such as Dennett, Dawkins, Susskind, Pinker, etc debate and pose some serious ideas that force the reader to consider in their search for truth. For anyone who wants to know more or is searching for answers I suggest looking at this book to springboard you into further research.
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Posted December 18, 2006
Just the title alone tells you that this is a worthless book for looking objectively at this subject matter. Rather than saying 'Darwinism vs Intelligent Design', it says 'science vs ID'. And the title 'Intelligent Thought' is an intentional insult implying that ID people are stupid. This is the kind of empty word-swapping, loaded language, ad hominum attacks I expect fill the pages of this book. And surely the evidence is prejudiced and its entire foundation is based in circular reasoning. You know... the usual thing you get from Darwinists, but that's what you do when you don't have an adequete argument.
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