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The Evolution Delusion: How to Recognize the Unsupported Claims of Darwin's Theory

The Evolution Delusion: How to Recognize the Unsupported Claims of Darwin's Theory

by Bart Rask


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Does the field of evolution differ from other sciences? The author, a reviewer for a major medical journal, scrutinized hundreds of scientific references in evolutionary literature, adopting the same standards used for studies submitted for medical publication. The data show that there are two types of evolution, microevolution and macroevolution, with a clear boundary between them based upon the presence and absence of empirical evidence, respectively. The surprising results show that there is a universal disconnect between the data and the conclusions that claim to show the larger changes of macroevolution. The author reveals patterns of deviations from standard scientific methods in these studies. For the first time, evolutionary data have been summarized to describe both what evolution can and cannot accomplish. The author shows the reader how to recognize the different ways in which the evidence for microevolution within and between some species differs from the unsupported macroevolution of most species.

Previous critiques of macroevolution have been debunked by advocates who have cited a multitude of scientific studies. This book goes beyond previous critiques by directly addressing the data from these studies to see if they do, in fact, support macroevolution-focused conclusions. Many expert counterarguments against this book's thesis are presented and examined in the context of scientific research to reassure the reader that the author has left no stone unturned in the macroevolution debate. A theory is proposed as to why there may be no empirical evidence for macroevolution. The book concludes with a section entitled "What we see differently." There, the author shows the reader the differences in perspective between the evolutionist and macroevolution critic as they look at and interpret the very same set of data.

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ISBN-13: 9781627343350
Publication date: 09/15/2021
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 810,000
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Bart Rask, MD has been an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Hillsboro, Oregon since 1998, and has been a principal reviewer for The American Journal of Sports Medicine since 1999. Dr. Rask has published several articles of original research in orthopedic surgery as well as chapters for three medical textbooks. His other evolution book, titled Evolution by Affirming the Consequent, was published in 2013. Dr. Rask resides with his family in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Introduction . xv

Chapter 1 Defining Evolution and its Problem. . 1

The Theory of Evolution Defined. 1

The Evolution Problem. .3

Chapter 2 Evolution versus Science: Setting the Stage. . 9

Logic and Science. . 9

What is Science?. 11

Needing Alternative Hypotheses. 21

Does Macroevolution Qualify as Science?. . 23

Chapter 3 The Empirical Limits: Microevolution versus

Macroevolution. . 41

Reproductive Isolation and Common Ancestry. . 42

Microevolution: Traditional Definition. . 45

Macroevolution: Traditional Definition. . 45

Empirically Determined Microevolution versus

Macroevolution. 46

Microevolution Examples. 51

Purported Macroevolution Examples. . 54

Chapter 4 How Studies Fail to Support Macroevolution. . 65

Genetics and Biochemistry. . 67

Microstructures. 74

Macrostructures. 77

Chapter 5 Complementary Coevolution: Why Macroevolution

Evidence is Elusive. 93

DNA and Biochemistry Basics. 93

Complementary Coevolution. . 96

Purported Examples of Complementary Coevolution. 100

Chapter 6 Genetics and Evolution. . 107

Increasing Genetic Information by Evolution. . 107

Purported Genetic Signs of Common Ancestry. . 109

Human versus Chimpanzee DNA. 111

Is There DNA Evidence of Evolution?. 114

Chapter 7 Reproductive Evolution. 121

Species and Interbreeding. . 121

Complete versus Partial Reproductive Isolation. . 123

Purported Evidence of the Evolution of Reproductive

Isolation. . 124

The Challenge of Sperm and Egg Evolution. .128

Chapter 8 The Origin of Life. . 137

Extraterrestrial Biomolecule Sources. 138

Abiogenesis. 138

RNA World Theory. 140

The Origin of the Cell and Related Structures. 146

Chapter 9 Techniques for Determining Age. 153

Assessing the Validity of Measurement Tools. . 154

Dendrochronology. 156

Radiometric Methods of Dating. 160

Carbon-14 Dating. . 164

Uranium-Lead Dating. 167

Rubidium-Strontium Dating. . 172

Potassium-Argon Dating. 175

Argon-Argon Dating. 176

"Cross-Checking" Radiometric Dating. 177

Chapter 10 Summary and Conclusion. . 185

What the Evidence Shows. .186

The Theory of Macroevolution is Not Science. 188

What We See Differently. 189

Weaknesses of this Text. 192

Conclusion. . 192

Challenges and Responses . . 195

Appendices to

Introduction. 211

Chapter 2. . 213

Chapter 3. . 221

Chapter 4. . 235

Chapter 5. . 251

Chapter 6. . 263

Chapter 7. . 271

Chapter 8. . 281

Chapter 9. . 289

Author Index . 297

Subject Index. . 299

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