Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design

Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design

by Perry Marshall
Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design

Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design

by Perry Marshall


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In the ongoing debate about evolution, science and faith face off. But the truth is both sides are right and wrong.

In one corner: Atheists like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Jerry Coyne. They insist evolution happens by blind random accident. Their devout adherence to Neo-Darwinism omits the latest science, glossing over crucial questions and fascinating details.

In the other corner: Intelligent Design advocates like William Dembski, Stephen Meyer, and Michael Behe. Many defy scientific consensus, maintaining that evolution is a fraud and rejecting common ancestry outright.

There is a third way. Evolution 2.0 proves that, while evolution is not a hoax, neither is it random nor accidental. Changes are targeted, adaptive, and aware. You'll discover:
  • How organisms re-engineer their genetic destiny in real time
  • Amazing systems living things use to re-design themselves
  • Every cell is armed with machinery for editing its own DNA
  • The five amazing tools organisms use to alter their genetics
  • 70 years of scientific discoveries—of which the public has heard virtually nothing!

Perry Marshall approached evolution with skepticism for religious reasons. As an engineer, he rejected the concept of organisms randomly evolving. But an epiphany—that DNA is code, much like data in our digital age—sparked a 10-year journey of in-depth research into more than 70 years of under-reported evolutionary science. This led to a new understanding of evolution—an evolution 2.0 that not only furthers technology and medicine, but fuels our sense of wonder at life itself.

This book will open your eyes and transform your thinking about evolution and God. You'll gain a deeper appreciation for our place in the universe. You'll see the world around you as you've never seen it before. 

Evolution 2.0 pinpoints the central mystery of biology, offering a multimillion dollar technology prize at naturalcode.org to the first person who can solve it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940363806
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Perry Marshall is an author, speaker, engineer, and world-renowned business consultant in Chicago. With a decade of research, he brings a fresh perspective to the 150-year-old evolution debate. Bill Gates of Microsoft and the founders of Google revolutionized software and the Internet through their status as outsiders. Similarly, this book harnesses a communication engineer's outsider's perspective to reveal a century of unrecognized research and discoveries. Evolution 2.0 resolves the conflict between Darwin and Design, opening new avenues of science research and raising tantalizing new questions.

Perry's work in digital communications, control systems, acoustics, and e-commerce bring practical insight to questions about nature and science. His books include 80/20 Sales and Marketing, Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, and Industrial Ethernet. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering. He's consulted in over 300 industries, from computer hardware and software to health care and finance.

Table of Contents


The Young Earth Creationist and His Curious Daughter xvii

The Road to Code xxi

Part I Evolving My Religion

Chapter 1 "Bro, I'm Losing My Religion" 3

Chapter 2 Evolution: Truth or Fiction? 13

Chapter 3 Confessions of a Science Geek 21

Part II The Neo-Darwinist Dilemma

Chapter 4 Pity the Fruit Fly: Testing Randomness 27

Chapter 5 Eureka! Information Theory! 35

Chapter 6 Russian Dolls: How Information Stacks Up 40

Chapter 7 Why the Genetic Code Is a Code, Not Merely Like a Code 50

Chapter 8 Code First, Evolution Second 59

Chapter 9 Let's Make Some Noise About Noise: Dispelling Random Mutations Once and for All 64

Chapter 10 How Do We Fix Evolution? 73

Part III How Evolution Really Works

Chapter 11 Blade #1: Transposition-The 70-Year-Old Nobel Prize-Winning Discovery Nobody Talks About 79

Chapter 12 Blade #2: Horizontal Gene Transfer-The Generous Gene 93

Chapter 13 How Smart Is a Cell, Really? 102

Chapter 14 Blade #3: Epigenetics-How Parents Pass Learned Traits to Their Kids 114

Chapter 15 Blade #4: Symbiogenesis-Evolution as Cooperation 121

Chapter 16 Blade #5: Genome Duplication-Evolution at Lightning Speed 132

Chapter 17 Why Is Neither Side Telling You the Whole Story? 149

Part IV Evolution 2.0 and the Language of Cells

Chapter 18 Curious George and the Blog Spam Theory of Evolution 155

Chapter 19 Fluent in "Cellese"-DNA Is a Language 165

Chapter 20 Irreducible Complexity Made Simple 170

Part V Origin of Information: The Quest

Chapter 21 Origin of Life: Can I Get a Straight Answer from Anybody? 177

Chapter 22 Fistfight on the #1 Atheist Website in the World 188

Chapter 23 Information: The Ten-Million-Dollar Question 196

Part VI Evolution 2.0 and Its Implications for Science

Chapter 24 Beyond "God of the Gaps": A New Paradigm for Biology 211

Chapter 25 Applied Evolution I: Which Teaches Us More? Darwinism Versus Evolution 2.0 220

Chapter 26 Applied Evolution II: Technologies from Better Evolution Research 225

Part VII Evolution 2.0 and Its Implications for Faith

Chapter 27 The Real Reason People Don't Believe Evolution, and Why That Can Finally Change 243

Chapter 28 On the Shoulders of Giants: When Men of Science Were Also Men of Faith 251

Chapter 29 Why So Much Pain and Suffering in the World? 262


Chapter 30 Brother Bryan Comes Around 269

Chapter 31 "Why Should I Care and What Should I Do?" 272

You've Reached the End of My Story. You Still Might Want to Read Further. Here's Why.

Appendix 1 All About Randomness 281

Appendix 2 Genesis 2.0 307

Appendix 3 Recommended Books 332

Appendix 4 The Origin of Information: How to Solve It and Win the Evolution 2.0 Prize 338

Bibliography 346

Index 361

Acknowledgments 373

About the Author 374

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