Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism / Edition 2

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From leading scientists, lawyers, and educators, a new and decisive rebuttal to the assault on evolution from proponents of "intelligent design."
With the pseudoscience of creationism rising again under the guise of "intelligent design," this powerful collection eviscerates the new assault on evolution and reveals the pervasive and insidious threat posed to genuine science by ID proponents like Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and William Dembski. The sixteen original essays address two key issues: the overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution gathered over 150 years and the dubious underpinnings of creationism; and how society can mount better educational and legal policies to prevent a theological takeover of our public and scientific institutions. The book includes powerful voices in the modern culture war against ID, including Kevin Padian, paleontologist and expert witness in the landmark lawsuit of Kitzmiller v. Dover. With creationist arguments forever morphing and reappearing under new aliases, this new confrontation is a must- read for teachers, students, and general readers, and a ringing and lasting refutation of creationism's fraudulent claims.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Paying significant attention to creationism's newest incarnation, intelligent design, this revision of Petto and Godfrey's 1983 Scientists Confront Creationism contains mostly new essays and some revised holdovers from the original edition. The 16 articles include contributions from some of the biggest names in the anti-creationism field: Wesley Elsberry demolishes the concept of complexity promoted by William Dembski, while several contributors demonstrate that Dembski defines his terms idiosyncratically, in a manner that scientists have not found productive, and that his mathematics and logic are wanting. Similarly, ample evidence is presented to show that Michael Behe's best examples of irreducible complexity have been found to have simpler versions indicating how they could have evolved. Individually, the chapters are well written for a general audience. Collectively, however, there is a fair amount of repetition, The best chapters directly take on the claims of creationists and promoters of intelligent design; less engaging and useful are chapters that largely ignore the controversy and present detailed evolutionary information. Nonetheless, there is much to help readers gain a robust understanding of the current controversy. Indeed, the point is very clearly made that the battle is a political one and not one of scientific substance. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

The Scopes Monkey Trial (State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes) and, more recently, Kitzmillerv. Doverare just two examples of how the religious concepts of creationism and intelligent design (ID) have come into public conflict with science. Editors Petto (anatomy & physiology, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and Godfrey (anthropology, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) have re-created Godfrey's 1983 work, Scientists Confront Creationism. With all new essays, however, this is not merely an updated edition. Educators, scientists, and those interested in the arguments between science and creationism/ID will see familiar authors such as John R. Cole (past president, board of directors, National Ctr. for Education) as well as up-and-coming scientists like postdoctoral researcher Kenneth Angielczyk (Univ. of Bristol, UK) providing rebuttals to the attacks on science. These 16 essays are written to show exactly why creationism and ID do not accurately portray the universe. Readers are expected to have some familiarity with science and math; casual readers may be overwhelmed. Recommended for academic libraries, especially those supporting religion and the sciences.
—Rachel M. Minkin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393050905
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew J. Petto is the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, and a lecturer in anatomy and physiology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He lives in Wisconsin.

Laurie R. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     9
Preface: Why We Did It Again   Laurie R. Godfrey   Andrew J. Petto     13
Introduction: The Problems with Creationism   Massimo Pigliucci     16
Creationism and "Intelligent Design"
Darwinism, Creationism, and "Intelligent Design"   Ronald L. Numbers     31
Creation Science Lite: "Intelligent Design" as the New" Anti-Evolutionism   Eugenie C. Scott     59
Wielding the Wedge: Keeping Anti-Evolutionism Alive   John R. Cole     110
Scientific Perspectives
Physics, Cosmology, and the New Creationism   Victor J. Stenger     131
The Ages of the Earth, Solar System, Galaxy, and Universe   G. Brent Dalrymple     150
Creationism and the Origin of Life: Did It All Begin in a "Warm Little Pond"?   Antonio Lazcano     180
"Transitional Forms" versus Transitional Features   Kevin Padian   Kenneth D. Angielczyk     197
Biological Complexity   Robert Dorit     231
Logic and Math Turn to Smoke and Mirrors: William Dembski's "Design Inference"   Wesley R. Elsberry     250
Human Emergence: Natural Process or Divine Creation?   C. Loring Brace     272
Understanding Science
God of the Gaps: The Argument fromIgnorance and the Limits of Methodological Naturalism   Robert T. Pennock     309
Is Evolution "Only a Theory"? Scientific Methodologies and Evolutionary Biology   Norman A. Johnson     339
The Invisible Bible: The Logic of Creation Science   J. Michael Plavcan     361
Why Target Evolution? The Problem of Authority   Alice Beck Kehoe     381
Why Teach Evolution?   Andrew J. Petto   Laurie R. Godfrey     405
Authors     443
Index     449
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