Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism / Edition 2by Andrew J. Petto, Laurie R. Godfrey
Pub. Date: 03/26/2007
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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
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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Table of Contents
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
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
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
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