Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

by Michael J. Behe
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Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael J. Behe

Darwin’s Black Box helped to launch the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today, with the movement stronger than ever, Michael J. Behe updates the book with an important new Afterword on the state of the debate.

—Time

Naming Darwin’s Black Box to the National Review’s list of the 100 most important nonfiction works of the twentieth century, George Gilder wrote that it “overthrows Darwin at the end of the twentieth century in the same way that quantum theory overthrew Newton at the beginning.” Discussing the book in The New Yorker in May 2005, H. Allen Orr said of Behe, “he is the most prominent of the small circle of scientists working on intelligent design, and his arguments are by far the best known.” From one end of the spectrum to the other, Darwin’s Black Box has established itself as the key text in the Intelligent Design movement—the one argument that must be addressed in order to determine whether Darwinian evolution is sufficient to explain life as we know it, or not.

For this edition, Behe has written a major new Afterword tracing the state of the debate in the decade since it began. It is his first major new statement on the subject and will be welcomed by the thousands who wish to continue this intense debate.

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ISBN-13: 9780743290319
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 110,530
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Behe is a Professor of Biological Science at Lehigh University, where he has worked since 1985. From 1978 to 1982 he did postdoctoral work on DNA structure at the National Institutes of Health. From 1982 to 1985 he was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Queens College in New York City. He has authored more than forty technical papers, but he is best known as the author of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. He lives near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and nine children.

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Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Flycast More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this then you are interested in Intelligent Design and Evolution. Darwin's Black Box is an excellent read to learn about Intelligent Design theory. What surprises me most about the Evolution/Intelligent Design debate is how ignorant and threatened each side is about and by the other. Most people on both sides of the issue issue seem to want to remain blissfully unaware of what the other side actually believes. It seems that they have gone to school and gained all their education in the media where they have learned sound bites and cliches about what the other side believes. There is much anger but little open minded learning and research. Seems that as long as both sides can "shout the other down" with these the cliches, sound bites and hostility than they feel everything will be alright and we won't have to do the dirty business of thinking deeply about our assumptions and what we were taught. Darwin's Black Box is an excellent book to read if you actually want to learn what the theory of Intelligent Design is all about. Michael Behe is a respected biochemist with many academic papers to his credit. I will say that there is quite a bit of poor science out there that starts with a believe and bolsters that believe with "facts" that in many cases turn out wrong. This book is not one of those. In this book Behe does an excellent job of laying out in plain language what ID is all about and the concept of "Irreducible Complexity". Since Behe is a biochemist he uses examples from the field of biochemistry. When you are finished with this book you will have a better understanding of the basic ideas of Intelligent Design. One last word...ID has been attacked by evolutionists and science using much emotion and rhetoric. I often wonder if any of these people have actually read this material for themselves? If true Intelligent Design does indeed have some pretty grand implications. These things are certain... (1) Behe is not a raving lunatic (2) this book has far more reason and science meat in it that the evolutionists want to give credit (3) this is not a book that was written by a person that started with a belief and then collected "facts" around the belief. Read this book if you are interested in challenging what you understanding as truth and becoming better educated about Intelligent Design.
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Provides great info about the science of evolution. Helps you to understand what schools aren't allowed to teach - that there are many facts which do not support evolution. This is a great book no matter what your belief is about evolution. This tells you the facts.
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I have seen a number of rabid reviews of this book which seem well beyond the pale. Whatever your thoughts about evolution this books poses a number of questions that are interesting and worthy of consideration. This is a hard-nosed science book which is mostly long on facts and short on opinion. Any serious student (or political hack) typically reads books on both sides of the debate and this book seems worthy of being on any balanced reading list. Everyone has on option but to me the highly negative reviews I have seen about this book strike me as pure bias (but then again maybe I am biased too - so take your pick :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest book ever written
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Excellent book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually in creation vs evolution books there tends to be a lot of name-calling and extreme forms of scientific chauvinism (i.e. 'if they can't see that this is true, they must be either stupid, ignorant, closed-minded...' etc). This book was refreshing because it was objective (more so than usual - perfect objectivity is of course impossible). The author doesn't claim to have all the answers; he doesn't claim he is right and everyone else is wrong. But he does come to a conclusion based on his analysis, and puts it out for us to take it or leave it. Another refreshing aspect was the fact that Behe has a special knack for describing complex concepts in simple (not overly-simple though) and entertaining ways. When reading, you actually grasp every aspect of what he is saying - in it's entirety. With most other books on similiarly complex topics, I generally feel like I understand only sub-concepts while the big picture is a vague haze in my mind. Overall, this was an excellent read. Whether you subscribe to evolution or intelligent-design theories, this book, if read with an open mind, will appeal to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Behe is an excellent writer, he makes concise arguments, and he brings powerful evidence for his view of the case. Darwin's Black Box is a smart, honest, powerful read for anyone interested in where mankind came from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Behe's book is interesting for its discussion of biological complexity. It is also interesting for the way it calls into question the assumption that every phenomenon may be accounted for in terms of impersonal forces and processes. The genius of the book, however, is that it forces the question: is there ever a time when a biological structure or phenomenon may prove so resistant to explanation in terms of impersonal forces that alternatives must be considered. You don't have to be a scientist to understand this book, although Behe suggests that some sections may be skimmed by readers without training in microbiology. I recommend reading this book if you are a) interested in determining whether evolutionary explanations of biological origins are inadequte b) interested in learning about how naturalistic philosophy has shaped (and perhaps exerted too much influence over) studies of where we and other life forms on earth 'came from.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the great pleasure to come across to Prof. Behe's book. I found his arguments astonishingly clear and convincing. It is a real bomb over Darwin's theory! Even more important than demolishing an old myth in biological science, I consider Prof. Behe's contribution a good example on how our education system is impregnated with preconcepted ideas and fails in producing what should be critical minds. He dramatically shows that most of us are educated to be like 'parrots' just repeating what we hear from other parrots!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book! But how many people will read it and have their minds changed? It is a terrible shame that our children are forced fed the theory of evolution in the public schools with no regard to the fact that evolution is based on a 19th and early 20th century belief and can not at all be supported by prevailing biochemical and biomolecular science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i , personally feel that Behe did a great job on explaining how evelution could possibly never occur. i am only fifteen, and with the help of older friends i understood. (and a college dictionary!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Behe's book is written in a way that someone who is not a scientist can understand his concepts. Many science books like this are not only dry to read, but write as if their audience is the scientific community. Behe keeps the reader interested and use humor to keep the book fun. Because of Behe's style,his ideas are easily remembered and can be used intelligently by a layman in evolutionary debate.
avidreader2 More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect non religious contradiction to evolution. If you have a hard time believing that the planet and all its inhabitance fabricated out of nothing, but you don't want to read a bunch of religious based books, this is the book for you. It quite simply uses science to logically and scientifically contradict evolution and the very foundation it is built upon. Fantastic book for all you curious people out there. Highly recommend it.