Shattering the Myths of Darwinism

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Compelling evidence that the most important assumptions on which Darwinism rests are wrong. 
The controversial best-seller that sent Oxford University and Nature magazine into a frenzy has at last come to the United States. Shattering the Myths of Darwinism exposes the gaping holes in an ideology that has reigned unchallenged over the scientific world for a century. Darwinism is considered to be hard fact, the only acceptable explanation for the formation of life on Earth,...
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Overview

Compelling evidence that the most important assumptions on which Darwinism rests are wrong. 
The controversial best-seller that sent Oxford University and Nature magazine into a frenzy has at last come to the United States. Shattering the Myths of Darwinism exposes the gaping holes in an ideology that has reigned unchallenged over the scientific world for a century. Darwinism is considered to be hard fact, the only acceptable explanation for the formation of life on Earth, but with keen insight and objectivity Richard Milton reveals that the theory totters atop a shambles of outdated and circumstantial evidence which in any less controversial field would have been questioned long ago. Sticking to the facts at hand and tackling a vast array of topics, Shattering the Myths of Darwinism offers compelling evidence that the theory of evolution has become an act of faith rather than a functioning science, and that not until the scientific method is applied to it and the right questions are asked will we ever get the true answers to the mystery of life on Earth. 
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Editorial Reviews

London Times
"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs."
Neville Hodgkinson
"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs."
Alpha Magazine
"On subject after subject--methods of dating, the fossil record, microbiology, geology, etc.--Milton shows the inadequacy of the evidence for Darwinian evolution."
Challenge
"When a reputable science correspondent of more than twenty years' experience raises serious doubts, then it is time to sit up and listen."
Bishop - Hugh Montefiore
"Bang goes the empirical basis on which neo-Darwinism rests."
Donald A. Yerxa
". . . Significant and fascinating."
Bishop Hugh Montefiore
"Bang goes the empirical basis on which neo-Darwinism rests."
The Church Times Bishop Hugh Montefiore
"Bang goes the empirical basis on which neo-Darwinism rests."
Sunday Times Neville Hodgkinson
"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs."
From the Publisher
"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs."

". . . Significant and fascinating."

"Bang goes the empirical basis on which neo-Darwinism rests."

"On subject after subject—methods of dating, the fossil record, microbiology, geology, etc.—Milton shows the inadequacy of the evidence for Darwinian evolution."

"The world of science faces the biggest challenge yet to one of its most basic beliefs."

"When a reputable science correspondent of more than twenty years' experience raises serious doubts, then it is time to sit up and listen."

Library Journal
With selective evidence and twisted logic, Milton (Alternative Science, Inner Traditions, 1996) attempts to discredit the concept of organic evolution. Although raising important questions about interpretation and methodology, he fails to overturn the neo-Darwinian framework as he attacks as "myths" the claims of modern science concerning the age of this planet, the geological column with its fossil record, and even the biological relationship between the great apes and our own species. He ignores most of the recent evolutionary literature (especially in paleoanthropology and primatology), and his chapters are full of dated illustrations, misleading generalizations, and glaring errors, e.g., "the evidence for humankind's own evolution is actually nonexistent" and "Today, `Java man' is thought to be an extinct, giant gibbonlike creature and not connected to humans." His own interpretation of earth history remains ambiguous, leaving the reader to wonder about what hidden motive underscores this morass of falsehoods. Not recommended.H. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818846
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 986,556
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Milton is a science journalist and design engineer based in London. He is a member of Mensa, the international high-IQ society, and writes a column for Mensa Magazine. He has been a member of the Geologists' Association for twenty years, and did extensive geological research for this book. He has been featured on the BBC, NBC, and other television networks. He is also the author of Alternative Science.
Visit the author's web site at http://www.alternativescience.com/.
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Table of Contents

Shattering the Myths of Darwinism
Preface
Part One: Chaos
1. A Natural Treasure
2. Through the Looking Glass
3. A Matter of Conjecture
4. The Key to the Past?
Part Two: Clay
6. Tales from Before the Flood
7. Fashioned from Clay
8. An Element of Unreality
9. When Worlds Collide
10. The Record of the Rocks
Part Three: Chance
11. Survival of the Fittest
12. Green Mice and Blue Genes
13. The Beak of the Finch
14. Of Cabbage and Kings
15. The Ghost in the Machine
Part Four: Creation
16. Pandora's Box
17. Paradigm Lost
18. Down From the Trees
19. Hopeful Monsters
20. The Facts of Life
Afterword: Controversies
21. The Evolution of Evolution
22. On Being Thick Skinned
23. The Fish That Walked
24. Angels Versus Apes
25. Old Theories Never Die
Notes
Bibliography
General Index
People index
Species index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    A great application of critical thinking

    Unlike some of the other works I have read (against and some who were for) this book displayed a surprising clarity of thought. The author set out to make a claim and did it well. He makes the case (with the backing of years of meticulous research apparently) that Darwin's theory of evolution, while a great theory in the abstract, doesn't add up when applied scientifically to biology or the geological record. One thing I was unaware of before eading this book was all of the denominations of Darwinism. If your a die hard Darwinist, I challenge you to read this book. I was a bit distracted by a disappointing rant in the later chapters as he tried to lump proponents of free market economies into the same box as 'neo-Darwinism'. Some sort of right wing, political take off by the Darwinists trying to use the theory in economic policy. The author probably would have been better served to have taken these types of arguments to another forum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    A reviewer who is a genetecist living in Ohio

    I found this book to be very readable and I am well grounded in the molecular problems with evolution--indeed, my Genetic's Honor's class at Glasgow University back in the late Seventies felt quite free to express doubts in the conventional theories of Darwinian Evolution. I realise now how lucky we were to have such farsighted Professors. Thus, I found the chapters on Geological findings and the Life Sciences in general, that Mr. Milton discussed so concisely, to be particularly illuminating -- I was shocked to learn of the pervasive lack of good Scientific method and fudging of data to create a 'Darwinian dogma' out of a series of plausible, albeit, simplistic hypotheses that in the face of modern day molecular science do not hold up to scrutiny. I recommend this book to anyone who has a sharp mind and healthy scepticism of all scientists who 'fall in love' with their theories and try to convert them to infallible fact before the evidence is in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Twisted logic indeed!

    Milton's book seems to advocate that Sir Leonard Wooley, while excavating the remains of Ur in Iraq in the 1920's, found the remains of the flood of Noah's there. Milton never mentions that'Noah's' flood remains (which, for a short time back in the '20's, were actually hailed in newspapers as proof of Noah's flood) did not even cover all of the city of Ur to say nothing of Iraq or the entire planet Earth.Also, Milton seems to advocate on the one hand that while proof of evolution from the four-toed hyracotherium to today's one hoofed, modern day horse is indeed strong he just then gives a really limbbrained excuse not to believe it. It is obvious that hyracotherium-down-to-horse evolution is powerful and many creationists cannot ignore the evidence for it (Jonathan Wells, another creationist, in his 'Icons of Evolution' book also gives some credence to this particular and definite evolutionary trend, many creationists will probably argue that though it is most likely true that the horse indeed comes from hyracotherium, the modern day specimen is not necessarily a better model of animal and that if hyracotherium could be brought back to life it could easily mate with the horse). Also, Milton uses very out of date info (like the very long ago scientifically discarded Pltdown man) to disprove all of evolutionary studies. He indeed shows desperation in doing so!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    Easily read, yet intellectually stimulating

    Milton presents a well-reasoned case against several key tenants that Darwinists use to explain evolution, and takes time to explore alternative theories and evidences that are largely ignored or unfairly attacked by mainstream research and publication bodies. I would add that the critic cited from Library Journal has, at best, only skim-read Milton's writing if he can honestly claim that this book is filled with 'twisted logic' and a 'morass of falsehoods'. Milton's own readable prose and respectable volume of academic citations give testimony to a well-researched, well-reasoned argument that the reader should consider BEFORE reading the volume of messenger-shooting that has been subsequently targeted at Milton.

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