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Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters

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This clear, lively, and systematic presentation examines the scientific evidence for evolution and reaches for the widest possible audience?from scientific minds to those with no science background at all. Forcefully rejecting creationist objections to evolution and including a critique of Intelligent Design, it argues that they are part of a larger social agenda. With discussion that celebrates the fascination to be found in studying the diversity and complexity of life, this examination suggests with some ...

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Overview

This clear, lively, and systematic presentation examines the scientific evidence for evolution and reaches for the widest possible audience—from scientific minds to those with no science background at all. Forcefully rejecting creationist objections to evolution and including a critique of Intelligent Design, it argues that they are part of a larger social agenda. With discussion that celebrates the fascination to be found in studying the diversity and complexity of life, this examination suggests with some urgency that the science of evolution is crucial to the existence of science itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Well-written, concise, and comprehensive...Accessible to the general reader and uncompromising in its logic and accuracy."  —Kevin Padian, president, National Center for Science Education and professor of biology, University of California–Berkeley

"[Uses] the errors of creationism . . . to help explain and contrast the principles of evolutionary biology. It's fascinating."  —Pharyngula

"[An] up-to-date scientific case for evolution and against creationism (including 'intelligent design')."  —The Skeptic Annotated Bibliography

"Recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections."  —e-streams.com

"A lively, entertaining and even important book . . . highly recommend[ed] for all academic collections: college, university and even high school and middle school."  —Confessions of a Science Librarian (weblog)

"[Ardea Skybreak] tells her truth in a documented and clear way that will inspire in many students a new interest in science."  —KLIATT

e-streams.com
Recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections.
Pharyngula
[Uses] the errors of creationism heavily to help explain and contrast the principles of evolutionary biology . . . it's fascinating.
The Skeptic Annotated Bibliography
[An] up-to-date scientific case for evolution and against creationism (including 'intelligent design').
KLIATT - Nola Theiss
This excellent book is well written and easy to read, yet it covers the material in a no-nonsense, scientific way. It will appeal to any high school student interested in science or political controversies and would be a good resource for science teachers who may have to tread the perilous battleground of religion vs. science. Skybreak is a trained evolutionary biologist who has traveled the world and studied many cultures. She brings a philosophical attitude to her understanding of science, but she clearly delineates proven scientific fact from religious beliefs. The book is extremely well documented with extensive endnotes after each chapter and sidebars that explain concepts like race, with examples concerning the development of certain diseases like sickle cell anemia and HIV. The book concludes with supplemental inserts, a lengthy glossary, a geological timeline and a "defend science statement." Skybreak does not take a middle ground in this book. She is an adamant believer in evolution and a debunker of myths and theories like "intelligent design," and she tells her truth in a documented and clear way that will inspire in many students a new interest in science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976023654
  • Publisher: Insight Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ardea Skybreak was formally trained as a biologist specializing in evolutionary biology and community ecology and is the author of Primeval Steps and Future Leaps: An Essay on the Emergence of Human Beings, the Source of Women's Oppression, and the Road to Emancipation.

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