Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails)

Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails)

by Matt Young, Paul Strode
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813545498

ISBN-13: 9780813545493

Pub. Date: 06/27/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) is an impassioned argument in favor of science—primarily the theory of evolution—and against creationism. Why impassioned? Should not scientists be dispassionate in their work? “Perhaps,” write the authors, “but it is impossible to remain neutral when our most successful scientific theories…  See more details below

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Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) is an impassioned argument in favor of science—primarily the theory of evolution—and against creationism. Why impassioned? Should not scientists be dispassionate in their work? “Perhaps,” write the authors, “but it is impossible to remain neutral when our most successful scientific theories are under attack, for religious and other reasons, by laypeople and even some scientists who willfully distort scientific findings and use them for their own purposes.”

Focusing on what other books omit, how science works and how pseudoscience works, Matt Young and Paul K. Strode demonstrate the futility of “scientific” creationism. They debunk the notion of intelligent design and other arguments that show evolution could not have produced life in its present form.

Concluding with a frank discussion of science and religion, Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) argues that science by no means excludes religion, though it ought tocast doubt on certain religious claims that are contrary to known scientific fact.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813545493
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/27/2009
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Figures ix

Tables and Boxes xi

Foreword Kevin Padian xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Part I The Basics and the History

1 Introduction 3

2 The Structure of this Book 14

3 History of Creationism and Evolutionary Science in the United States 20

Part II How Science Works (and Creationism Doesn't)

4 How Science Works 37

5 How Pseudoscience Works 49

6 Why Creationism Fails 54

7 The Argument from Design 59

8 Why Intelligent-Design Creationism Fails 64

Part III The Science of Evolution

9 The Father of Evolution 81

10 How Evolution Works 86

11 Recapitulation 99

12 Evo Devo: How Evolution Constantly Remodels 103

13 Phylogenetics 118

14 Design by Committee: The Twists, Turns, and Flips of Human Anatomy 131

Part IV The Universe

15 How We Know the Age of the Earth 145

16 Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life? 165

Part V Evolution, Ethics, and Religion

17 Evolution and Ethics 175

18 Why Science and Religion are Compatible 184

19 Summary and Conclusion 194

Glossary 197

Bibliography 217

Index 221

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